Rockingham

The Circuit - September 22/23 2012

Rockingham Motor Speedway, Mitchell Road, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 5AF 
 
Location: Off the A43 with links to M1, M6, M11 and A1 motorways 

Tel: 01536 500500

Website: www.rockingham.co.uk

Rockingham map

Timetable

Friday 21st September

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                 
                
09:00 - 09:45 Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
09:50 - 10:35 Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
10:40 - 11:25 Free Practice AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup  
11:30 - 12:00 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
12:05 - 13:00 Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break    
13:45 - 14:30 Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
14:35 - 15:20 Free Practice AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup  
15:25 - 15:55 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
16:00 - 18:00 Free Practice Open pit lane testing  

 

Saturday 22nd September

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:15 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
09:30 - 10:10 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship   
10:25 - 10:45 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
11:00 - 11:15 Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship  
11:30 - 12:00 Qualifying AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup
 
12:15 - 12:55 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
12:55 - 13:55 Lunch Break    
13:55 - 14:25 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
14:40 Race Ginetta Junior Championship  10
15:10 - 15:40 Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
15:55 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 18

 

Sunday 23rd September

Time                  
Activity                                                     
Championship                                                                 
Laps      
10:00 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 19
10:40 Race AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup 14
11:20 BTCC Pit Lane Opens    
   
11:32 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16
12:10 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 8
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch Break    
12.45 - 13:20 Pit lane walkabout / Autograph Session    
13:40 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
13:52 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16
14:30 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 18
15:10 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 19
15:50 Race AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup 14
16:38 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
16:50 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16

 

Onboard Lap

Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads for Rockingham

Media release: 15th September 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

 
Rockingham Motor Speedway near Corby in Northamptonshire is the next destination for the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB as Michael Meadows tops the title race heading for rounds 15 and 16 (22/23 September).
 
With six of the season’s 20 races left to run, Meadows has a firm grip on the overall title in a season where six drivers have already won races, while Ahmad Al Harthy is setting the standard in Pro-Am1 and Will Goff heads Pro-Am2.
 
In truth, it is going to take a disaster for Meadows (Redline Racing) to lose his championship lead, for consistent pace has given the Banbury racer a 48-point lead over his rivals. However, with 44 points available each weekend, one bad race meeting could turn the situation on its head.
 
It could have all gone wrong for Meadows last time out at Knockhill when first corner contact sent him spinning to the back of the pack. Despite an incident-packed race, his recovery drive to salvage good points was a very important result in championship terms.
 
Leading the chase of Meadows are five drivers, all covered by 25 points. A double win at Snetterton last month helped Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) move into second place over Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing), double Knockhill winner Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport), Thruxton winner Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) and double Croft winner Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). Adding further depth of quality to the Pro category are Brands Hatch winner Richard Plant and series newcomer Andy Meyrick, both from Team Parker Racing.
 
Just like Meadows, Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) also has a 48-point lead in the Pro-Am1 category and with nine wins from 14 races so far, the popular Omani racer is looking very strong. But that won’t stop his key rivals pushing as hard as ever although Oli Mortimer (GT Marques) is battling to raise the backing to complete his highly promising season.
 
Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) and Spanish racer Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) are the other key contenders in Pro-Am1 and they both have the pace to win at Rockingham.
 
The Pro-Am2 category is developing into a straight fight between Will Goff (Goff Racing) and Tania Mann (sibsport performance) and Goff returns to the grid at Rockingham after missing the trip north to Knockhill.
 
After qualifying at 13.55 on Saturday, round 15 will start at 10.40 on Sunday, with round 16 at 15.50. Round 16 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 Rockingham

Media release: 21st September 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Ben Barker was the fastest man in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham today (Friday 21 September) during testing ahead of rounds 15 and 16 of the season. Barker’s best lap in the early morning session set the mark for the day when rain arrived before the second session.

 
After winning both races last time out at Knockhill, Barker (Parr Motorsport) was right on the pace at Rockingham in the opening test session, posting a best of 1m20.195s to head Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and James Sutton (Redline Racing). In Pro-Am1, Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) narrowly headed the times while Will Goff (Goff Racing) set the Pro-Am2 mark.
 
The opening session set the times for the day as light rain before and during the second session prevented any improvements. Although it was dry enough at times for drivers to run slicks, the leading times were nearly 10 seconds slower than in the morning.
 
“That keeps the momentum going from Knockhill,” said Barker, who got his weekend off to a perfect start before also setting a representative time in the later session. Gelzinis was also quick in the damp and ended the day second fastest overall thanks to his best morning time, less than a fifth of a second down on Barker.
 
Sutton made a strong return to the series ahead of his first races of 2012 and went fastest of all in the later session. “The team thought it would be a good idea to go out in the rain,” said Sutton. “It was a chance to see what it was like and we learnt a bit: it was a fun session.”
 
Less than half a second covered the next five drivers as Andy Meyrick, Sam Tordoff and Daniel Lloyd from Team Parker Racing joined Michael Meadows (Redline Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) in a closely bunched group, all of them potential race winners. Like all of the drivers, Lloyd took the chance to run in the damp conditions. “It just builds a bit of confidence if it is wet for the races on Sunday,” said the Carrera Cup GB Scholarship winner.
 
In Pro-Am1, only 16-hundredths of a second split the top two drivers as Al Harthy and Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) set the pace. Al Harthy was just relieved to have run in the opening session after being delayed on the way to the circuit. After travelling from his home in Oman, he was held up by a road accident within 15 miles of Rockingham and missed the first 10 minutes of testing.  Once in the car, he was quickly up to speed and edged Pierce with Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) and Keith Webster (Redline/Marque One) close behind.

Team Reaction - Free Practice One

We were the first cars out on track this morning which meant an early start to get breakfast in before we went out. The track was dry and with confidence high after Ben’s dominant weekend at Knockhill, we ventured out on to the track. The objective for the session was to focus on working with Ben to get the best out of the tyres during qualifying. It clearly worked with a series of short runs resulting in Ben going fastest overall.

“It’s a really good start to the weekend,” commented Knockhill double winner Ben. “I haven’t been here in a Porsche before so it’s good to get my neck muscles trained as we’re going the other way around the track here.  I’m confident, we’ve still got a lot of hard work to go but we’ve got a good car here.”

His comments were echoed by team boss Paul Robe “It’s a good start to the day, which puts us in good stead. It went really well, we haven’t got everything to where we want it yet but we’re where we need to be.”

Team Reaction - Free Practice Two

A brief shower half an hour before the session was all that was required to rendered it next to useless. Everyone went out on wets to gauge the track conditions but it was quickly apparent they were very tricky being damp and greasy. The times were over ten second off Ben’s fastest of the morning session so the objective of the session became getting a good wet set up. Ben completed a few runs on a circuit he hadn’t visited since 2009, to see how the car behaves in the wet getting a good understanding of the track. Beyond that, there was little benefit to doing many laps and run the risk of damaging the car so Ben finished the session in fifth.

“The session was one of those sessions that was quite difficult but it was really all about honing in some wets for the weekend.” said team boss Paul Robe. “Seeing if we can put some times in but not wasting valuable rubber trying to beat this mornings lap time. The car is good in the wet so we’ve got a good benchmark there.” “I’m happy we know where we are in the dry,” added Ben. “Everyone is a bit 50/50 in that session so we can’t take that much from it but I’m looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.”

Qualifying is at 13:55 tomorrow

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 21st September 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Time           
Gap        
1 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 1:20.195    -
2 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:20.377 0.182
3 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing 1:20.528 0.333
4 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.596 0.401
5 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 1:20. 804 0.609
6 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.903 0.708
7 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.970 0.775
8 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:21.046 0.851
9 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy OMA Redline Racing 1:21.138 0.943
10 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce GBR Team Parker Racing 1:21.300 1.105
11 Pro Richard Plant GBR Team Parker Racing 1:21.463 1.268
12 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:21.823 1.628
13 Pro-Am1 Keith Webster GBR Redline Racing 1:22.816 2.621
14 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 1:23.127 2.932
15 Pro-Am1 Yucel Ozbek TUR Redline Racing 1:23.857 3.662
16 Pro Daniel Rowbottom GBR GT Marques 1:24.271 4.076
17 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 1:26.701 6.506

 

Free Practice Two Times

Media release: 21st September 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.      
Entry                             
Time            

1 Pro James Sutton  GBR Redline Racing  1:29.311   
2 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 1:30.148
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:30.457
4 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:30.616
5 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 1:30.777
6 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce GBR Team Parker Racing 1:31.157
7 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 1:31.324
8 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 1:31.478
9 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:31.866
10 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer OMA GT Marques 1:31.996
11 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy GBR Redline Racing 1:33.130
12 Pro Richard Plant GBR Team Parker Racing 1:33.762
13 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP
Redline Racing 1:33.833
14 Pro-Am1 Daniel Rowbottom GBR GT Marques 1:35.117
15 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 1:36.302
16 Pro-Am1 Yucel Ozbek TUR
Redline Racing 1:38.462
17 Pro-Am1 Keith Webster GBR Redline Racing No Time

Barker tops Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Rockingham

Media release: 22nd September 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Ben Barker was the man setting the pace in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham today (Saturday 21 September) as he took a stunning double pole position during qualifying for rounds 15 and 16 of the season.
 
Running the fastest laps ever seen in the Carrera Cup at Rockingham, Barker (Parr Motorsport) twice broke the 1m20s mark to claim a double pole and maintain his tremendous Knockhill form. However, for round 15 Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) was only 13-hundredths of a second slower, while championship leader Michael Meadows (Redline Racing) was second fastest for round 16. It was just as close in Pro-Am1 as team mates Victor Jimenez and Ahmad Al Harthy from Redline/Oman Air shared a pole position each. In Pro-Am2, Will Goff (Goff Racing) will run solo, having made a big improvement over his times from testing on Friday.
 
“The car was great,” reported Barker. “I’m driving it a bit differently now and attacking more on new tyres,” he said after his fourth pole in a row. Gelzinis, meanwhile, will start second and then fourth on the two grids. “I’m quite happy with that,” said Gelzinis. “Qualifying has not been so good recently,” he added. Fourth and second places went to Meadows. “P4 for the first race is a bit disappointing, but P2 is better,” said Meadows. “It’s exciting to be in the middle of it, but I’d rather be at the front.”
 
Third for both races was a great result for Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). “Absolutely delighted,” said the Scot. “We changed the car a little bit after testing. It’s so close at the front,” he added, as one of five drivers to break the 1m20s mark on the grid for round 15. Adding tremendous depth of quality to the front of the field were Andy Meyrick (Team Parker Racing), James Sutton (Redline Racing) and Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) who shared fifth, sixth and seventh places for both races.
 
In Pro-Am1, Jimenez headed Al Harthy by 27-thousandths of a second for the opening race and then Al Harthy turned the tables by a quarter of a second for round 16. For Spanish racer Jimenez it was a fine result as he claimed his third Pro-Am1 pole of the season, while Al Harthy maintained his championship advantage by taking his eleventh pole from 16 races. “Overall it was very good,” said Al Harthy. “I think the track got quicker on the second set of tyres, but I made a couple of mistakes.”
Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) and Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) shared third and fourth places on the Pro-Am1 grid as they continue their battle for second place in the Pro-Am1 points’ table.
 
Round 15 grid:
Pro category: 1 Ben Barker (1m19.637s); 2 Jonas Gelzinis (1m19.772s); 3 Rory Butcher (1m19.922s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m20.527s); 2 Ahmad Al Harthy (1m20.554s); 3 Derek Pierce (1m21.007s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff (1m23.233s).
 
Round 16 grid:
Pro category: 1 Ben Barker (1m19.759s); 2 Michael Meadows (1m19.979s); 3 Rory Butcher (1m20.077s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy (1m20.565s); 2 Victor Jimenez (1m20.811s); 3 Oly Mortimer (1m21.114s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff (1m23.259s).

Team Reaction

With a beautiful dry day and more importantly a dry track Ben arrived in confident mood. The team had done some work on the car over Friday afternoon but only to tweak the set up. As qualifying began at five to two Ben led the field on to the track and nailed it straight out of the gate. A five-lap run set not only the fastest time but the second fastest time as well.

With Ben pitting after the run the competition tried to better the time with Lithuanian driver Jonas Gelzinis leading the charge. One by one they all pealed in to the pits to change on to fresh rubber. Meanwhile Ben was ready on new tyres waiting for the right time to return to the track. The opportunity soon presented itself with all but three cars in the pits. With a clear track, Ben set another quick time but the 1:19.7 was not good enough to beat his earlier best.

With ten minutes left of the session it was a watching game as the field tried but failed to better Ben’s time. It was a long ten minutes to wait but the reward of a double pole position was more than worth it.

“Brilliant!” said a jubilant Ben. “To get another two pole positions under my belt after Knockhill makes me really pleased. I’ve clicked with the car and I’m now pushing it to the limits and it’s working out for me. I’m really happy and we’ve just got to do the job tomorrow.” “Awesome performance, absolutely mega.” Added team boss Paul Robe. “We could probably do better but I’m very happy. Ben did a marvellous job, the team did a great job, the car was spot on and it’s all worked well.”

Grid - Race One

Media release: 22nd September 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Time           
Gap      
1 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 1:19.637  
-
2 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:19.772 0.135
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:19.922 0.285
4 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 1:19.972 0.335
5 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 1:19.995
0.358
6 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing 1:20.096 0.459
7 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.112 0.475
8 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.273 0.636
9 Pro Richard Plant OMA Team Parker Racing 1:20.472 0.835
10 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 1:20.527 0.890
11 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy GBR Redline Racing 1:20.554 0.917
12 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce ESP Team Parker Racing 1:21.007 1.370
13 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 1:21.111 1.474
14 Pro-Am1 Yucel Ozbek TUR Redline Racing 1:22.053 2.416
15 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 1:23.233 3.596

Barker wins in Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham

Media release: 23rd September 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Ben Barker made it three wins on the trot with a faultless drive to victory in round 15 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham today (Sunday 23 September). Starting from pole position, Barker controlled the race from the front as tremendous battles raged all down the field.
 
While Barker stormed to victory from Jonas Gelzinis, Michael Meadows extended his overall points’ advantage with third place. In Pro-Am1, a mighty four-way battle ran for much of the race as Derek Pierce fended off his rivals for a hard-earned victory. In Pro-Am2, Will Goff (Goff Racing) claimed maximum points to consolidate his championship lead.
 
“I got a great start and got a gap I could control,” said Barker (Parr Motorsport) who backed up his double win at Knockhill with another perfect performance. He went a second clear in the opening two laps and was then able to control the race from the front as Gelzinis (Juta Racing) led the chase. “I couldn’t have dreamt of this: you get a good result and then you carry the momentum forward,” said Barker.
 
Gelzinis was always the best of the chasing pack and was able to edge further clear in second place when third-placed Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) ran wide at the chicane and lost a place to Meadows (Redline Racing). Andy Meyrick (Team Parker Racing) edged Butcher back to fifth and then mounted a lengthy pursuit of Meadows. Mid-race, the gap was down to less than a second. But Meadows reckoned to have a little in hand and was able to respond later in the race while Meyrick then lost any chance of challenging when he suffered a flat-spotted front tyre.
 
“Once I was ahead of Rory I let the first two go and conserved my tyres,” said Meadows of a nicely judged race that allowed him to extend his championship lead to 53 points over Gelzinis. There was a great spectacle in the contest for fifth place as a pack of five cars battled behind Butcher and it was Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) who claimed sixth in final results.
 
There was just as good a tussle over the Pro-Am1 category as Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) rocketed ahead with a tremendous start. “I had a mega start and got to the front,” said Pierce as Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) led the chase. With Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) and Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) joining in, it made a four-way battle at the head of Pro-Am1. Al Harthy moved through to challenge Jimenez, but a clash on the exit of the Deene Hairpin put Al Harthy out with damaged steering. Still Pierce could not relax as Mortimer dived through to second from Jimenez. “Victor was very strong,” said Pierce after a hard race. “I wish the laps had counted down a bit quicker,” added Pierce.

Race One Results - Amended

Media release: 23rd September 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Laps   Best Lap  
MPH       Difference 
1 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 19 1:20.195    84.93 -
2 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 19 1:20.377 84.77 2.930
3 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 19 1:20.528 84.63 2.506
4 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 19 1:20.596 84.53 1.886
5 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 19 1:20. 804 84.14 7.268
6 Pro Richard Plant GBR Team Parker Racing 19 1:20.903 84.10 0.766
7 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 19 1:20.970 84.06 0.729
8 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing 19 1:21.046 83.29 14.588
9 Pro-Am1 Daniel Lloyd
Team Parker Racing 19 1:21.138 83.27 0.442
10 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce GBR Team Parker Racing 19 1:21.300 83.26 0.062
11 Pro Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 19 1:21.463 83.25 0.360
12 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 19 1:21.823 83.21 0.761
13 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 19 1:22.816 81.14 40.581
DNF                
14 Pro-Am1 Yucel Ozbek TUR Redline Racing 14 1:22.661 82.49 5 laps
15 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy OMA Redline Racing 12 1:22.275 83.35 7 laps

 

Fastest Lap: Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) 1:20.580 (86.67 MPH)

Grid - Race Two

Media release: 22nd September 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Time           

1 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 1:19.759  
 
2 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 1:19.979
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:20.077
4 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:20.085
5 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.134

6 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.161
7 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing 1:20.164
8 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 1:20.297
9 Pro Richard Plant OMA Team Parker Racing 1:20.409
10 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy GBR Redline Racing 1:20.565
11 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:20.811
12 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 1:21.114
13 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce GBR Team Parker Racing 1:21.222
14 Pro-Am1 Yucel Ozbek TUR Redline Racing 1:22.174
15 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 1:23.259

Barker does Carrera Cup GB double at Rockingham

Media release: 23rd September 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB


No matter what the conditions, Ben Barker was on top in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham (Sunday 23 September) as he won for the second time in the day when the rain arrived at the Northamptonshire track.
 
A very wet track greeted the drivers for round 16 of the season, but Barker maintained his superb form to make it four wins in a row as Rory Butcher led the chase. Ahmad Al Harthy clinched Pro-Am1 victory while Will Goff again took maximum points in Pro-Am2. In championship terms, Michael Meadows left Rockingham with an increased overall advantage after another podium finish.
 
Barker (Parr Motorsport) got the jump at the start and quickly went clear as Butcher (Celtic Speed) slotted into second place on the soaking wet track. Despite an early safety car period after Dan Lloyd and Andy Meyrick spun off at the Deene Hairpin, Barker always had the race under control and held his margin at between two and three seconds.
 
“Four wins in a row is fantastic,” said Barker. “The conditions were really dreadful and it was a case of keeping off the white lines.” Butcher, meanwhile, was an equally secure second, finding it tough to see through the spray whenever he edged closer to Barker. “It was really tough and I’m just glad to be back on the podium,” said Butcher.
 
Meadows (Redline Racing) was always third and eased clear of Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) in the early stages. Meanwhile, Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) was the man on the attack and battled past Al Harthy, James Sutton (Redline Racing) and Gelzinis to take fourth and close right in on Meadows. But Meadows had it covered to the flag to complete an important weekend in terms of championship points. “This is the only weekend we’ve not been in contention for race wins, so to come away with two podiums is good,” said Meadows. “The car was fantastic but with the amount of spray I couldn’t see a thing at times,” said Tordoff after a great performance.
 
A trip across the grass at the chicane took the front splitter off Gelzinis’ car and he slipped down the order as Sutton took fifth from Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing).
 
Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) had a tremendous run to win Pro-Am1 in some of the toughest conditions he had ever experienced. “I had good pace and kept pushing,” said Al Harthy. However, he was fortunate to finish after he picked up a front puncture over the final two laps. Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) and Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) completed the Pro-Am1 podium, with Mortimer earning the ‘driver of the weekend’ award for his efforts on a very limited budget. GT Marques was confirmed as the ‘team of the weekend’.

 

Race Two Results

Media release: 23rd September 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                             
Laps   Best Lap  
MPH       Difference  
1 Pro Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 16 1:31.996  
70.97 -
2 Pro Rory Butcher LTU Celtic Speed 16 1:32.369 70.92 1.098
3 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 16 1:32.755 70.48 9.688
4 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 16 1:31.942 70.46 0.444
5 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing 16 1:32.814 70.19 6.186
6 Pro Richard Plant GBR Team Parker Racing 16 1:32.917 70.16 0.794
7 Pro Ahmed Al Harthy OMA Redline Racing 16 1:32.521 69.74 9.441
8 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 16 1:33.318 69.57 3.861
9 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 16 1:33.407 69.50 1.716
10 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 16 1:33.413 68.73 18.133
11 Pro-Am1 Yucel Ozbek TUR Redline Racing 16 1:34.689 88.18 12.966
12 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff Racing 16 1:35.302 68.04 3.524
DNF


13 Pro-Am1
Derek Pierce
GBR Team Parker Racing 1
1:44.314
66.95 15 laps
14 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 0
16 laps
15 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 0

16 laps

 

Fastest Lap: Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) 1:31.942 (75.96 MPH)