Meadows clinches Carrera Cup GB round 14
Michael Meadows takes impressive victory to close in on title lead Justin Sherwood claims Pro-Am1 win to consolidate category lead Peter Kyle-Henney wins mighty Pro-Am2 contest after four-way contest
Michael Meadows swept to an important victory in round 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham this afternoon (Saturday 6 September) as he narrowed the gap to championship leader Josh Webster to just three points.
While Webster chased Meadows home in second place, Justin Sherwood fended off Jordan Witt for an important Pro-Am1 win and Peter Kyle-Henney raced to Pro-Am2 spoils after a ferocious four-way battle.
Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) got the start he wanted from pole to lead into the first corner as Nicholas Latifi (Redline Racing) grabbed second from Paul Rees (In2 Racing) and Webster (Redline Racing). However, Latifi spun into the gravel at the Deene Hairpin and Rees was handed a drive-through penalty for a false start. At a stroke, Webster was up to second behind his title rival.
Unfortunately, things got worse for Rees as the safety car came out while Latifi's car was moved. Rees dived into the pits to take his penalty from behind the safety car, which is not permitted, and had to take a second drive-through shortly after. His recovery drive to eighth place was a highlight of the race.
Meadows was able to build his lead to around four seconds as Webster concentrated on defending second from team mate Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) while Pepe Massot (Parr Motorsport) chased hard in fourth place.
A very strong start catapulted Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) into the Pro-Am1 lead and what became fifth overall, but he could never ease his pace as Pro-Am1 rival Witt (Redline Racing) chased all the way to the flag and the gap was less than one and a half seconds after 18 laps. Seventh overall, ahead of the recovering Rees, was a fine result for Carrera Cup newcomer David Walley (In2 Racing) in the guest car.
However, the biggest battle of the race raged over the Pro-Am2 category and it was Kyle-Henney who wriggled ahead of Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) to make the running. Liquorish came back strongly, but Will Goff (In2 Racing) and Daniel McKay (In2 Racing) were right in the thick of the dicing and it was a fierce contest as places changed all round the track. Somehow, Kyle-Henney managed to stay ahead for a very hard-earned victory as less than 1.5s covered four cars at the flag.
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) first overall: "That's exactly what I needed to do and it's my first win at Rockingham. The safety car threw a bit of a spanner in the works. But I was confident we had a good car and I pushed every lap until I got about four seconds clear."
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall: "It was a case of damage limitation. The car's handling wasn't good at the front and I couldn't go after Michael. So, it was a good result given the situation and we'll now have a look at the car and see what has happened."
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am1: "I needed that result because I hadn't had a win since Brands Hatch at the start of the season. I got a good start and then saw the penalty board and wasn't sure if it was me for (number 7) or Paul Rees (number 77). But I was sure I'd not jumped the start and I really enjoyed the race."
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) first in Pro-Am2: "What a race! About a third of the way into the race I was really struggling with grip, but I managed to get in front of Steve. I didn't have the pace in various parts of the circuit and it was very tight."
Results round 14: Overall: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Josh Webster; 3 Victor Jimenez Pro-Am1 category: 1 Justin Sherwood; 2 Jordan Witt Pro-Am2 category: 1 Peter Kyle-Henney; 21 Steven Liquorish; 3 Will Goff
Rees takes first Carrera Cup GB win at Rockingham
Paul Rees scores first Carrera Cup victory at Rockingham Michael Meadows loses championship ground to Josh Webster Justin Sherwood and Will Goff win Pro-Am1 win and Pro-Am2
Paul Rees took a resounding victory in 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham today (Sunday 7 September) to score his first championship victory. As Michael Meadows struggled home in eleventh place with a fuel pump problem, Josh Webster took second place to build his championship lead back out to 14 points with four races left to run.
Despite an early spin after contact with Jordan Witt (Redline Racing), Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) won Pro-Am1 to increase his championship lead and Will Goff (In2 Racing) took an excellent win in Pro-Am2.
Rees (In2 Racing) headed the field from the rolling start as Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) slotted into second place from Webster (Redline Racing) before an early safety car period allowed marshals to move Witt's car from the gravel at Tarzan corner. Rees took control again from the re-start as Meadows started to build his challenge. However, the fuel pump problem then developed and Meadows' car stopped briefly before he was able to get moving again and cruise to the flag.
Rees drove a faultless race to score his debut Porsche victory, going clear of Webster as Pepe Massot (Parr Motorsport) fended off a race-long challenge from Nicholas Latifi (Redline Racing) for fourth. Into fifth went guest racer David Walley (In2 Racing) to complete an impressive Carrera Cup debut.
While Sherwood won Pro-Am1, Goff took control of Pro-Am2 with a tremendous performance to head Daniel McKay (In2 Racing) and Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) to the flag.
Paul Rees (In2 Racing) first overall: "I'm really, really happy. We've been there or thereabouts all season and I thought we had the pace to win yesterday. It is fantastic to win in front of all my sponsors. It is just such a good feeling.
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall: "What a lucky boy I am! But I've got to take whatever happens. We were still struggling with the car and we just didn't have the pace."
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am1: "I got spun round on the first lap and after that the car was a bit lairy round the banking. Later on I had a fuel pump problem and the car was cutting out on the left-handers."
Daniel McKay (In2 Racing) second in Pro-Am2: "That was a crazy race! I made a mistake before the safety car and let Will and Steven past. Will drove a great race and In2 Racing has done a brilliant job for me this weekend."
Results round 15: Overall: 1 Paul Rees; 2 Josh Webster; 3 Pepe Massot Pro-Am1 category: 1 Justin Sherwood Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff; 2 Daniel McKay; 3 Steven Liquorish