Michael Meadows set a fantastic pace in Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Rockingham today (Saturday 6 September) ahead of rounds 14 and 15 of the season.
In one of the hardest fought sessions of the season, Meadows took two poles as Paul Rees and Nicholas Lafiti each took a second slot and championship leader Josh Webster posted fourth and third best time.
While less than a quarter of a second covered the top four drivers in the Pro category, it was even closer in Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2. In Pro-Am1, Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) headed Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) by 11-thousandths of a second for round 14 but Sherwood reversed the positions by a tenth of a second for round 15.
In Pro-Am2, Daniel McKay (In2 Racing) continued his superb Carrera Cup debut by taking two poles from Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing), but by just five-thousandths of a second for round 14. Will Goff (In2 Racing) and Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) made it four Pro-Am2 drivers covered by less than a second for round 14.
At a very foggy Rockingham, the battle at the head of the field was incredibly competitive and it was Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) who really pulled out the stops to take both poles with an impressive run on his second set of tyres. However, both Rees (In2 Racing) and Latifi (Redline Racing) showed very strong pace to each take a second place.
Meanwhile, Webster (Redline Racing) was very close to the pace but will start from fourth and then third places. With Meadows taking two extra points for pole positions, the pressure is on Webster to defend his six-point championship lead.
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) fastest overall:
“I needed those two big laps to get two poles and two more points. That is exactly what we planned to do. But Nicholas has come in done a great job. Maybe I’ll stop helping him now!”
Paul Rees (In2 Racing) third and second fastest overall:
“We’re right there and you can’t be disappointed when it’s so close at the top. It’s certainly all to play for.”
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) fourth and third fastest overall:
“I was P1 on my first set of tyres, then everyone found a bit more time and I didn’t. An overshoot at the hairpin on my second run didn’t help. The gloves are off now!”
Jordan Witt (Redline Racing) first and second fastest in Pro-Am1:
“I was having a fuel surge problem on the left-hand corners and it was certainly making Turn One difficult. I was losing three-tenths every time it surged and I wanted to be closer to the times of the Pro drivers.”
Daniel McKay (In2 Racing) fastest in Pro-Am2:
“I’m really pleased because I made a couple of mistakes on my best lap. I’ve never done a proper qualifying session like that and I really enjoyed it. It should be an interesting race.”
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) second fastest in Pro-Am2:
“He just did me! The car felt really good, but I’m still a bit fragile after being unwell this week. I really like Rockingham and we didn’t do too many laps on the tyres, so it’s all okay.”
Full results for the Carrera Cup GB are available at www.tsl-timing.co.uk