It’s been a busy weekend up at Silverstone this weekend for the Porsche Carrera GB teams.
Michael Meadows set a fantastic pace in Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Silverstone today on Saturday, ahead of rounds 16 and 17 of the season.
On his second qualifying run, Meadows set jumped to the head of the time sheets for both grids to claim two important championship points.
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) and Paul Rees (In2 Racing) headed the pursuit of Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) in a superbly competitive grid, as less than half a second covered the first seven cars on the grid. With the grid for round 17 mirroring the line-up for the opening race of the weekend, Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing), Josh Files (Team Parker Racing) and Pepe Massot (Parr Motorsport) completing the top six.
Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) topped Pro-Am1 for both races with a strong session with category points’ leader Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) next up, while Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) led Pro-Am2 from title rival Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and newcomer Mike Donovan (In2 Racing).
Michael Meadows took an important victory in round 16 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone that afternoon, to reduce the points’ gap to championship leader Josh Webster to just 10 points with three races left to run.
Webster (Redline Racing) led the chase of Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) as a quartet of cars set a rapid pace at the head of the field. Meadows converted pole position into an early lead and, though Webster chased hard, the defending champion controlled the race from the front to clinch victory. Meadows also pushed early on to set the fastest lap and ensure a maximum points’ score.
Running with Meadows and Webster were Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and Paul Rees (In2 Racing) and Jimenez raced very strongly as he chased his team mate to the flag. Meanwhile, Rees fell away a little in fourth, but was still clear of guest racer Josh Files (Team Parker Racing), who turned in an impressive drive to fifth overall.
Pro-Am1 pacesetter Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) started the race with a five-place grid penalty following the previous race at Rockingham but quickly charged up the order to take the lead of Pro-Am1 from Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing).
An early moment between Pro-Am2 contenders Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) delayed Kyle-Henney and put Liquorish out of the race with damaged suspension. Instead, Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) came through to take Pro-Am2 victory from the recovering Kyle-Henney.
Redline Racing scooped the first title of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season by securing the teams’ championship title after Saturdays race.
Represented by Josh Webster and Victor Jimenez, the Cleveland-based squad had won the prestigious title for the sixth time in the 12-year history of the championship with three races still to run. In2 Racing (represented by Paul Rees and Mike Donovan) have to concentrate on retaining second place in the face of a challenge from Samsung UHD TV Racing (Michael Meadows).
When Webster and Jimenez finished second and third behind Meadows in the first of the two races at Silverstone, they’ve ensured that the team, headed by Simon Leonard, retained its position as the most successful in the history of the Carrera Cup GB.
Although entered under the team name of Samsung UHD TV Racing, the third placed squad is also operated by Redline Racing and so the north-eastern outfit could take first and third in the teams’ championship as well as first and second overall in the drivers’ championship.
When added to the race wins taken by Samsung-branded teams, Redline Racing has now scored a record 97 Carrera Cup GB race wins and may reach the magic 100-mark over the three remaining races of the 2014 season.
“I’m delighted that we have secured the team title once again,” said team boss Simon Leonard. “This is a reward for every member of our team: they each play a vital role in this success. Now we want to take first and second in the drivers’ championship.”
Michael Meadows went on to complete a perfect weekend during round 17 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Sunday 28th of September) with a second win as Paul Rees chased him to the flag. Importantly, with championship leader Josh Webster finishing third, Meadows is now just four points behind with two races left to run.
In Pro-Am1, Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) claimed his second win of the weekend, but it was very close as a time penalty for exceeding track limits meant he only re-took the category lead from Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) on the last lap of the race. However, second place was enough to secure the category title for Sherwood.
Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) was another driver to make it a double win when he romped to Pro-Am2 victory, despite starting from the back of the grid after electing to run new tyres for the race. He went clear of category rivals Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) and Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and battled for many laps with Pro-Am1 leader Witt.
At the front of the race, Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) went ahead from the rolling start as Webster (Redline Racing) found himself elbowed back to fourth. Rees (In2 Racing) and Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) ran second and third and matched Meadows over the first half of the race. Then, as Webster worked back into contention, he ran side-by-side to Luffield with Jimenez. The Spanish driver was on the outside line and spun, leaving Webster third.