Brands Hatch GP

Brands Hatch - Grand Prix - October 20/21 2012

Brands Hatch Circuit - Fawkham, Longfield, Kent DA3 8NG

Location: off A20 from J3, M25 or J1, M20

Tel: 01474 872331

Website: www.brandshatch.co.uk

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Timetable

Friday 19th October

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                 
 
09:00 - 09:45
Free Practice Formula Renault BARC Winter Series
 
09:50 - 10:35 Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
10:40 - 11:25 Free Practice AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup  
11:30 - 12:15
Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch Break
 
13:15 - 14:00 Free Practice Formula Renault BARC Winter Series  
14:05 - 14:50 Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
14:55 - 15:25   Ginetta Junior Championship  
15:30 - 16:15 Free Practice AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup  
16:20 - 17:05 Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
17:10 - 17:40 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship   

 

Saturday 20th October

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:15 Qualifying Formula Renault BARC Winter Series  
09:25 - 10:05 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship   
10:20 - 10:35 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
10:45 - 11:15 Qualifying AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup  
11:25 - 11:45 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
11:55 - 12:35 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
12:45 - 13:00 Qualifying Formula Renault BARC Winter Series  
13:00 - 13:50 Lunch Break    
13:50 - 14:05 Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship  
14:15 - 14:45
Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
 
14:55 - 15:25 Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
15:35 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 10
16:10  Race Formula Renault BARC Winter Series 12
16:45 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 9
17:15  Race AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup 12

 

Sunday 21st October

Time                  
Activity                                                       
Championship                                                                 
Laps        
09:10 - 09:40
Pit lane walkabout/Autograph Session
   
10:00 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 17
10:40 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 14
11:20 BTCC Pit Lane Opens    
11:32 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 15
12:12 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 8
12:40 - 13:10 Lunch Break    
13:10 Race Formula Renault BARC Winter Series  12
13:45 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
13:57 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 15
14:37 Race AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup 12
15:17 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 17
15:55 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 14
16:33 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
16:45 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 15

 

Onboard Lap

Brands Hatch finale for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Media release: 12th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB
 
Although Michael Meadows is already confirmed as champion, there is much to play for as the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB concludes with rounds 19 and 20 on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit (20/21 October).
 
To wrap up a superb season of racing, the Carrera Cup heads to Kent for the final weekend and a whole gaggle of drivers will be determined to finish the season with a race win. While Meadows (Redline Racing) clinched the overall title last time out with his sixth win of the season, Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport), Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing), Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed), Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) and Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) have all been race winners this season.
 
Barker, thanks to a run of five wins on the trot in the late summer, now lies second in the overall points but has Tordoff, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Butcher all within reach of taking second place. Barker goes to Brands with a 16-point advantage over Tordoff but with 30 points covering four drivers and 44 points on offer, the battle to be runner-up it is still wide open.
 
Of course, Meadows is not about to ease off and would like nothing more than to sign off his championship season with two more wins. “I want to go out on a high at Brands Hatch,” said Meadows. “We’ve still got the teams’ championship to fight for, which is really important for Redline Racing. Everyone loves the Brands GP circuit and everyone will want to finish the season in style but the pressure is off now the title is won.”
 
The prestigious teams’ title has come down to a straight fight between Redline Racing, represented by Meadows and James Sutton, and Team Parker Racing duo Tordoff and Plant. Redline starts the final weekend with a 38-point lead, but with 80 points on offer, it is still wide open.
 
The next contest to be resolved is the runner-up position in the Pro-Am1 category. Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) won the category title at Silverstone after a superb season and, like his team mate Meadows, will strive to maintain winning form at Brands Hatch. The contest for second is now really between Scots Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) and Derek Pierce (Team Parker Racing), with Mortimer starting the Brands weekend with a ten-point advantage. Still in contention despite a non-finish last time out at Silverstone in Spanish racer Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air).
 
Things are much more straightforward in Pro-Am2, where Will Goff (Goff Racing) only has to take part in Saturday’s qualifying session to be confirmed as champion. Once that formality is complete, Goff can turn his attention to resuming the tremendous battle he had at Silverstone with series returnee Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport).
 
After qualifying at 14.15 on Saturday, round 19 will start at 10.00 on Sunday, with round 20 at 15.15. Round 20 will be broadcast live on ITV4 during the extensive BTCC programme which runs from 11.00 on Sunday.

Barker tops Carrera Cup GB testing at Brands Hatch

Media release: 19th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB


Ben Barker was the fastest man in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Friday 19 October) during testing ahead of the final two races of the season. As the track became increasingly wet for the second session of the day, Barker’s morning best set the standard.
 
The superb Grand Prix circuit is a tremendous drivers’ challenge even in the dry and when the first session ran on a wet track, the challenge was even greater for the drivers in 450bhp 911 GT3 Cup cars. Barker (Parr Motorsport) emerged on top with a best lap of 1m38.896s, around 10 seconds off a leading dry lap time. As the rain increased, times were slower in the much wetter afternoon session in which Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker with JD Pierce) set the mark.
 
“The morning session was damp, which was driveable,” said Barker. “It wasn’t worth going out in the afternoon. I did go out later in the session to have a look, but it wasn’t worth risking it. There was a lot of standing water.”
 
In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) set the best lap in the morning session to head his team mate Ahmad Al Harthy by less than four-hundredths of a second. In the afternoon, Al Harthy had a busy session, causing two red flags with an off into the gravel at Druids followed by contact with the tyre wall. Derek Pierce (Team Parker with JD Pierce) was well in touch in third place in Pro-Am1. Meanwhile, Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) headed Pro-Am2 as category rival Will Goff (Goff Racing) missed the test day due to business commitments.
 
In overall terms, it was Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) who led the chase of Barker and it is these two drivers and Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) who will play out the battle for the championship runner-up slot in Sunday’s races.
 
Third best in the morning, but fastest of all in the afternoon session was Lloyd, who relished the difficult conditions. “That was mega,” said the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship driver. “We were quick all through the session and it’s good to be back at the top of the times,” he said. Making it a strong day for Team Parker Racing, Andy Meyrick and Sam Tordoff rounded out the final top five. Like Lloyd, Tordoff was very quick in the wet afternoon session.
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) ended the day sixth after an off in the morning session interrupted his running, while 2012 champion Michael Meadows (Redline Racing) was down in seventh. Along with team mate James Sutton, Meadows only did a limited amount of running as team boss Simon Leonard elected to avoid the worst of the conditions.

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 19th October 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Time           
Gap        
1 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 1:38.896  
-
2 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:39.344 0.448
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:39.567 0.671
4 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 1:39.612 0.716
5 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 1:39.773
0.877
6 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:40.639 1.743
7 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 1:40.707 1.811
8 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:40.747 1.851
9 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy OMA Redline Racing 1:40.783 1.887
10 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce GBR Team Parker Racing 1:41.025 2.129
11 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing 1:41.061 2.165
12 Pro Richard Plant GBR Team Parker Racing 1:41.521 2.625
13 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 1:41.550 2.654
14 Pro-Am1 Keith Webster GBR Redline Racing 1:42.173 3.277
15 Pro-Am1 George Brewster GBR Celtic Speed 1:42.492 3.596
16 Pro-Am2 Richard Denny
GBR Parr Motorsport 1:45.320 6.424

 

Gelzinis tops Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Brands Hatch

Media release: 20th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Jonas Gelzinis was the star of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Saturday 20 October) when he claimed two pole positions during a fiercely contested qualifying session for the final two races of the season.
 
The Lithuanian racer set a mighty pace during a session twice interrupted by red flags to give himself a shot at taking second place in the final championship positions. However, the times were incredibly close and five drivers shared the next five positions, all lapping the Grand Prix circuit within three-tenths of a second of Gelzinis (Juta Racing).
 
“I had to do that to keep the battle for second open,” said Gelzinis. “There was a lot of pressure, but now we have a chance.” Team Parker Racing duo Richard Plant and Sam Tordoff each took a second place, with Plant delighted to have continued his excellent from of Silverstone and Tordoff keeping also himself in the running for championship runner-up. “That’s back where I want to be,” said Plant of his strong end to the season.
 
Third places were shared between Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport). “That was quite a tough session,” said Butcher. “I went for one last lap on my second set of tyres and it worked.” Barker, meanwhile, held both poles early in qualifying but just didn’t get a clear run on his second set of tyres and was edged down the order as the session went on.
 
On the grid for round 19 the top six will be completed by Barker, Tordoff and Michael Meadows (Redline Racing), while on the grid for round 20 the top six is rounded out by Plant, Butcher and Meadows.
 
A strong late run from Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) clinched Pro-Am1 pole for both races at the expense of Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker). “We had limited dry running and I knew the time would be in the second set of tyres,” said Al Harthy. “Two poles are very important, especially if it rains tomorrow.”
 
Pierce was disappointed to be edged off the top of Pro-Am1. “The car was really good and did everything I asked it to do: I just pushed too soon on the second set of tyres,” said Pierce. Spaniard Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) bagged third in Pro-Am1 for both races. “I like Brands Hatch a lot: the Grand Prix loop is very beautiful,” said Jimenez.
 
Goff (Goff Racing) made certain of the Pro-Am2 title simply by starting the session and went on to take Pro-Am2 pole position for both races from Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport). “I’m pleased with that,” said Goff. “The red flags kind of played into my hands as I was at the end of a run both times.”
 
Round 19 grid:
Pro category: 1 Jonas Gelzinis (1m28.072s); 2 Richard Plant (1m28.174s); 3 Rory Butcher (1m28.186s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy (1m28.942s); 2 Derek Pierce (1m29.398s); 3 Victor Jimenez (1m29.503s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff (1m31.223s); 2 Richard Denny (1m32.136s).
 
Round 20 grid:
Pro category: 1 Jonas Gelzinis (1m28.336s); 2 Sam Tordoff (1m28.423s); 3 Ben Barker (1m28.426s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy (1m29.058s); 2 Derek Pierce (1m29.551s); 3 Victor Jimenez (1m29.593s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff (1m31.283s); 2 Richard Denny (1m32.372s).

Grid - Race One

Media release: 20th October 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Time           
Gap      
1 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:28.072 -
2 Pro Richard Plant GBR
Team Parker Racing 1:28.174
0102
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:28.186
0.012
4 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 1:28.243
0.057
5 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 1:28.409
0.166
6 Pro  Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 1:28.464
0.055
7 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:28.654
0.190
8 Pro James Sutton GBR  Redline Racing 1:28.811
0.157
9 Pro Ahmed Al Harthy OMA  Redline Racing 1:28.942
0.131
10 Pro-Am1 Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 1:28.995
0.053
11 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce GBR Team Parker Racing 1:29.398
0.403
12 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP  Redline Racing 1:29.503
0.105
13 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 1:29.738
0.235
14 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
TUR Redline Racing 1:30.285
0.547
15 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 1:31.223
0.938
16 Pro-Am1 Keith Webster GBR Redline Racing 1:31.999 0.776
17 Pro-Am2 Richard Denny AUS Parr Motorsport 1:32.136 0.137

Gelzinis takes Carrera Cup GB victory at Brands Hatch

Media release: 21st October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Jonas Gelzinis scored a brilliant victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 21 October) when he mastered tough track conditions to dominate an absorbing race.
 
While Gelzinis blasted clear on a wet and slippery track to take his first Carrera Cup race win, Sam Tordoff battled through to second as Rory Butcher completed the overall podium. Derek Pierce turned in one of the best drives of the race to take the Pro-Am1 category, while Will Goff had a great race to claim Pro-Am2.
 
Despite difficult track conditions, Gelzinis (Juta Racing) fired into the lead from pole position and drove a beautifully controlled race to win for the first time in his Carrera Cup GB and keep himself in contention for the runner-up position in the final championship standings. “If I had finished the season without a win I would have been very disappointed,” said the Lithuanian racer. “We set the car up for a drying track and the conditions were perfect for our set-up,” said a jubilant Gelzinis.
 
While Gelzinis pulled clear at up to a second a lap, there was some tremendous battling over the other podium places as Sam Tordoff fought ahead of his Team Parker Racing team mate Richard Plant to take third and then set about chasing second placed Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). In a tight run past the pits, Tordoff dived down the inside into Paddock Hill Bend to take second only to lose it back again and then get ahead for good under braking for Surtees.
 
“I did what I had to do and just kept working forwards,” said Tordoff after taking second place. Butcher held off the closing Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Parker) for third. “That was tough: the car went off a bit over the second half and Dan had better pace then me later on,” said Butcher. Lloyd drove a great race to take fourth from seventh on the grid, battling ahead of Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) in the process, while Andy Meyrick (Team Parker Racing) battled through to sixth and finished close behind Barker.
 
Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) was the star of Pro-Am1 with one of the best drives of the season. He had to overhaul class rival Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) as well as Pro racers Michael Meadows and James Sutton (Redline Racing) on his way to eighth overall. “That’s the best podium I’ve ever had,” said Pierce. “It was a superb race and the car was amazing.” Al Harthy took second in Pro-Am1 with team mate Victor Jimenez third.
 
Up among the Pro-Am1 pack for much of the race was Pro-Am2 winner Goff (Goff Racing) after the best drive of his career to date. He then slid off the road at Surtees and briefly lost the class lead to Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) but Goff went back ahead when Denny had his third spin of the race. “I loved that,” said Goff. “But at Surtees I hit the brakes at the same point as before and off it went.”

Tordoff takes final Carrera Cup GB round at Brands Hatch

Media release: 21st October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

In some of the toughest conditions experienced in the 10-year history of the championship, Sam Tordoff drove a superb race to win the final round of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 21 October).
 
While Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) shot ahead from the start to control the race from the front, Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) battled home second to secure the runner-up position in the final standings. Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) drove a fine race to win Pro-Am1 while Will Goff (Goff Racing) completed a double win in Pro-Am2.
 
Track conditions were truly challenging as the pack lined up for the 20th and final race of the season and visibility was very limited as clouds of spray were thrown up around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. “I got the best start and I was able to get away,” said Tordoff, who was the only driver with a clear view over the opening laps. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) slotted into second place, but was soon under attack from Barker and the place changed under braking for Surtees on the lap two.
 
Three laps later, with Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) on his tail, Gelzinis slid off at Surtees and dropped well down the order. While Tordoff and Barker consolidated their positions Lloyd tigered ahead of Butcher and set off after second-placed Barker. Lloyd set the fastest lap of the race, but then also slid off at Surtees and dropped to sixth behind Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) and James Sutton (Redline Racing).
 
Tordoff turned in a faultless drive to wrap up his season with a win. “I just got my head down and Gelzinis helped me get clear,” said Tordoff. Barker, too, raced well to second place. “That was really tough out there,” he said after staying clear of Butcher and Plant, while Lloyd regained fifth with a bold move around the outside of Sutton at Sheene Curve. “You couldn’t see a thing: it was like driving into a wall,” said Butcher. “That’s a good way to finish the season,” said Lloyd. Tordoff took third in the final standings as Gelzinis battled home in tenth place to end the season fourth.
 
In Pro-Am1, Jimenez drove superbly under constant pressure as Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) and Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) challenged relentlessly. Al Harthy then spun at Surtees and later spun out of the race at Paddock after clipping the back of Oly Mortimer (GT Marques). Pierce then took up the challenge on Jimenez, but the Spanish racer held on for a deserved win by eight-tenths of a second. “That was very, very tough with the spray,” said Jimenez. Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) took third place, but lost second in the final standings to Pierce on a tie-break.
 
In Pro-Am2, Goff got a poor start, but worked ahead of category rival Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) to take his second win of the day. Goff’s progress was aided when Denny had a mid-race spin.