A mighty title race between Josh Webster and Michael Meadows and the biggest grid of the season so far are the headlines for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB heading for Rockingham (6/7 September) and rounds 14 and 15 of the 19-race season.
Following the most recent races at Knockhill, just eight points split Webster (Redline Racing) and Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) at the head of the overall championship and it is Carrera Cup Scholarship driver Webster who currently holds a slender lead. With four new drivers joining the grid for Rockingham, topped by Canadian Formula 3 racer Nicholas Latifi with Redline Racing, it promises to be an absorbing contest at the head of the races.
There is also everything to play for in the Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 categories where Justin Sherwood and Jordan Witt (Pro-Am1) and Steven Liquorish and Peter Kyle-Henney (Pro-Am2) are the key contenders. The latest Type-991 911 GT3 Cup will make a spectacular sight on its debut at Rockingham and it is Webster who has an eight-point lead with six races to run. Never before has a Scholarship driver topped the points in his Scholarship year, but reigning double champion Meadows is fighting back after a mixed middle part of the season.
A perfect weekend at Knockhill two weeks ago allowed Meadows to cut Webster’s lead to just eight points and their battle is set to run all the way to the final race of the season. The battle for third in the overall standings is even closer as Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) heads Paul Rees (In2 Racing) by just one point. Added to the Pro category is rising Spanish star Pepe Massot (Parr Motorsport) and he was on the podium in the second race at Knockhill. Latifi will make his Carrera Cup debut in the Pro category and the progress of the experienced F3 racer will be watched with great interest.
In Pro-Am1, Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) is looking strong after team mate Karl Leonard curtailed his season. However, coming into contention with a late charge is Witt (Redline Racing), who only joined the championship at Snetterton a month ago. If he keeps scoring strongly, Witt still has an outside chance of catching Sherwood. The contest for Pro-Am2 will run and run as friends and rivals Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) and Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) battle in just about every race. Liquorish currently has a 10-point lead, but dropped scores now start to come in to play, so the contest is wide open.
To add spice to the Pro-Am2 contest, Will Goff (In2 Racing) will rejoin the Carrera Cup and new to the championship for Rockingham will be David Witt, father of Jordan, who will race with Redline Racing. Another driver with a family connection making his Carrera Cup debut is Legends racer Daniel McKay who follows his father Paul into the Pro-Am2 category with In2 Racing. Making it a four-car team from In2 Racing will be David Walley, who steps up from the GT Cup to race the championship’s guest car.
After qualifying at 11.30 on Saturday (6 September) round 14 of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 16.20, with round 15 at 14.30 on Sunday (7 September). Round 15 will be broadcast live on ITV4. Live circuit commentary throughout the weekend is available at www.btcc.net and live timing can be found at www.tsl-timing.com