Silverstone

The Circuit - October 6/7 2012

Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire NN12 8TN 
 
Location: Next to A43, from J15A M1 or J10, M40 

Tel: 0844 3728 260

Website: www.silverstone.co.uk/events/BTCC1/

Silverstone circuit map

Timetable

Friday 5th October

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                 
 
TBC Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
TBC Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
TBC Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
TBC Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
TBC Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
TBC Lunch Break    
TBC
Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
TBC Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
TBC Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  

 

Saturday 6th October

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:20 Qualifying Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
 
09:30 - 10:10 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship   
10:25 - 10:40 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
10:50 - 11:10 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
11:20 - 11:55 Qualifying Formula Renault BARC
 
12:05 - 12:45 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
12:55 - 13:25 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
 
13:25 - 14:05 Lunch Break
   
14:05 - 14:35
Qualifying AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup   
14:45 - 15:00 Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship  
15:10 - 15:40 Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
15:50 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 24
16:30 Race Formula Renault BARC 18
17:05 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 14
17:35 Race Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge 20 mins

 

Sunday 7th October

Time                  
Activity                                                         
Championship                                                                 
Laps        
09:00 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 28
09:45 Race AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup 18
10:25 Race    
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge  20 mins
10:55 - 11:10 Church Break    
11:33 BTCC Pit Lane Opens    
11:45 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 22
12:25 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 24
13:00 - 13:45 Lunch Break    
13.00 - 13:30 Pit lane walkabout / Autograph Session    
13:45 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 11
14:15 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
14:27 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 22
15:10 Race Formula Renault BARC 18
15:45 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 28
16:25 Race AirAsia Renault UK Clio Cup 18
17:05 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
17:17 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 22

 

Onboard Lap

Silverstone next for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Media release: 27th September 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Silverstone, the home of British motor sport, is the scene for the penultimate race weekend for the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB as Michael Meadows tops the title race heading for rounds 17 and 18 (6/7 October).
 
With four of the season’s 20 races left to run, Meadows has a firm grip on the overall title in a year when six drivers have already won races, while Ahmad Al Harthy is setting the standard in Pro-Am1 and Will Goff heads Pro-Am2.
 
Carrying a 54-point advantage into the pair of races at his home track, Banbury-based Meadows (Redline Racing) is very much in control in a season where he has blended speed and consistency to win five races and finish on the podium 13 times in 16 races. If he can maintain that form at Silverstone, Meadows could be confirmed as champion by Sunday afternoon as a margin of 45 points with two races still to run at Brands Hatch would settle the matter.
 
But Meadows knows this will be no easy task and with a gaggle of drivers currently battling over second place, he cannot afford to let his guard slip for a moment. The man on stunning form just now is Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) with four wins on the trot at Knockhill and Rockingham and he is determined to maintain that form at Silverstone. Barker’s recent run of success has taken him two points ahead of Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing), while Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing), Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) are all chasing hard.
 
Other drivers aiming for a visit to the Silverstone podium are Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing), Andy Meyrick (Team Parker Racing) and former double champion James Sutton. Having rejoined Redline Racing last time out at Rockingham, Sutton will race alongside Meadows in a bid to secure a fifth team championship title for Redline.
 
It is the Redline team that is also at the head of the Pro-Am1 title race as Ahmad Al Harthy heads to Silverstone with a 48-point advantage. The Omani racer is having a superb season, with 10 wins from 16 races, and if he can end the second Silverstone race with a 45-point lead, he will be Pro-Am1 champion. Leading the chase of Al Harthy and battling for second place are Oly Mortimer (GT Marques), Derek Pierce (Team Parker Racing) and Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) and anyone of them could emerge on top at Silverstone.
 
The Pro-Am2 title has come down to a straight battle between Will Goff (Goff Racing) and Tania Mann (sibsport performance) and Goff currently has the upperhand after Mann suffered a troubled weekend at Knockhill.
 
After qualifying at 12.55 on Saturday, round 17 will start at 09.00 on Sunday, with round 18 at 15.45. Round 18 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 Silverstone

Media release: 5th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Ben Barker was the fastest man in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Friday 5 October) during testing ahead of rounds 17 and 18 of the season.
 
On the back of four wins on the trot, Barker was quickest by a tenth of a second from championship leader Michael Meadows as Ahmad Al Harthy and Richard Denny set the pace in Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 respectively. With the top 11 cars covered by three-quarters of a second, two great races are in prospect as the title races head into the closing stages.
 
The morning test session was run on a damp but drying track and it was the fully dry afternoon session that delivered the best times. With a well-judged run on new tyres, Barker (Parr Motorsport) set the pace with a best lap in 56.382s, half a second inside Nick Tandy’s year-old lap record.
 
“The momentum continues,” said Barker. “I didn’t think I put together a perfect lap and there is maybe a little more to come. I feel very good with the car.” Right behind Barker was Meadows (Redline Racing), who knows that two strong finishes this weekend could secure the championship. “The morning session was a bit of a write off, but we were quick on old tyres as well,” said Meadows. “We’ll try and find a bit more in qualifying.”
 
Importantly for Meadows, his Redline Racing team mate James Sutton was very close behind in third slot. As well as backing up Meadows in the quest for the drivers’ title, Sutton is also working to help secure the team title for Redline Racing.
 
A strong fourth was Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed), while Pro-Am1 leader Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) and Andy Meyrick (Team Parker Racing) completed a top six that was covered by only a quarter of a second on the Silverstone National circuit.
 
Running right up among the Pro drivers was a great result for Al Harthy, who is working to clinch the Pro-Am1 title this weekend. “If I can stay with the Pro drivers that would be very good,” said the Omani driver. “We just need to focus on doing our best and not think about the championship.”
 
Second in Pro-Am1 was Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) with another good performance. Being half a second slower than Al Harthy left him six places down in the overall order, such was the closeness of the times. Third in Pro-Am1 was Oly Mortimer (GT Marques), who turned in a sterling run on tyres that had first been used in the race at Oulton Park. “We used them at Rockingham as well, so that’s not too bad,” said the Scot.
 
Denny made it a very good day for Parr Motorsport by heading Pro-Am2 on his return to the Carrera Cup GB. He headed champion-elect Will Goff (Goff Racing) by seven-tenths of a second by the end of the afternoon test session. “That was really good,” said Denny as he got used to his 911 GT3 Cup once more. “It’s nice to be back in a Porsche: this is a wonderful championship.”

 

Free Practice Two Times

Media release: 5th October 2012

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.      
Entry                             
Time            

1 Pro Ben Barker
GBR Parr Motorsport  56.382   
2 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Redline Racing 56.497

3 Pro James Sutton GBR Redline Racing
56.578

4 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 56.600

5 Pro-Am1 Ahmed Al Harthy OMA Redline Racing 56.626

6 Pro Andy Meyrick GBR Team Parker Racing 56.637
7 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 56.641

8 Pro Richard Plant GBR Team Parker Racing 56.700

9 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 56.852

10 Pro Sam Tordoff GBR Team Parker Racing 56.948

11 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 57.100

12 Pro-Am1 Oly Mortimer GBR GT Marques 57.190

13 Pro-Am1 Derek Pierce ESP
Team Parker Racing 57.294

14 Pro-Am1 Keith Webster GBR Redline Racing 57.442

15 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
GBR Celtic Speed 57.690

16 Pro-Am2 Richard Denny
AUS
Parr Motorsport 58.040

17 Pro-Am2 Will Goff GBR Goff  Racing 58.730

Barker and Meadows top Carrera Cup qualifying at Silverstone

Media release: 6th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB


Ben Barker and Michael Meadows shared the pole positions in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Saturday 6 October) during qualifying for rounds 17 and 18 of the season.
 
With 10 cars covered by half a second on both grids, it was always going to be desperately close and it was Barker (Parr Motorsport) who went fastest for round 17. But for round 18, Barker was back in sixth place as Meadows claimed pole while his Redline Racing team mate James Sutton was third and then second on the two grids. Making it a very good session for Redline Racing, Ahmad Al Harthy topped Pro-Am1 for both races as Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) twice headed Pro-Am2.
 
“I knew it would be tough,” said Barker. “The track seemed quite greasy and green. Starting from P6 in the second race is going to be hard, but it is still possible.” With his thoughts firmly on the overall championship, Meadows was content with the result. “It’s so close: it’s like last year again,” he said of the deciding weekend of the 2011 season when Sutton narrowly beat him to the title.
 
Sutton was right on the pace as he bids to help Redline secure the teams’ title. “Really, really solid,” he said. “I’m very happy to be right there with Michael and I think we’ve got a great race car.” Fourth and second places put Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) firmly in contention, while Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) both took two top six times to add to the depth of quality at the head of the pack.
 
“It’s good: exactly what we wanted,” said Al Harthy after taking both Pro-Am1 poles and two more championship points. However, within a tenth of a second of the Omani racer on both grids was Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker). “It always seems to be really hard work here,” said Pierce, who had fellow Scot Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) just as close behind in third slot. “There’s nothing in it,” said Mortimer. “We know the car has good pace on old rubber,” he added.
 
Upon his return to the Carrera Cup, Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) bagged two poles in Pro-Am2 and traded times with some of the Pro-Am1 drivers. Pro-Am2 champion elect Will Goff (Goff Racing) chased Denny hard in a good session. “Excellent,” said Denny. “It felt really good and the car was great.”
 
Round 17 grid:
Pro category: 1 Ben Barker (56.340s); 2 James Sutton (56.421s); 3 Michael Meadows (56.422s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy (56.852s); 2 Derek Pierce (56.907s); 3 Oly Mortimer (57.053s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Richard Denny (57.621s); 2 Will Goff (58.260s).
 
Round 18 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (56.448s); 2 Jonas Gelzinis (56.561s); 3 James Sutton (56.635s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy (56.981s); 2 Derek Pierce (57.021s); 3 Oly Mortimer (57.144s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Richard Denny (57.747s); 2 Will Goff (58.321s).

Barker wins Carrera Cup round 17 at Silverstone

Media release: 7th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB


Ben Barker scored his fifth win a row in round 17 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone this morning (Sunday 7 October). In a race run in foggy conditions, Barker saw off a race-long challenge from James Sutton, while Michael Meadows took another step towards the title with a measured drive to fourth.
 
With Rory Butcher claiming the final overall podium position, Ahmad Al Harthy consolidated his championship lead in Pro-Am1 after a fine contest with Derek Pierce, while Richard Denny clinched Pro-Am2 after a strong early challenge from Will Goff.
 
With Silverstone shrouded in fog, the race start was delayed 45 minutes until visibility was good enough for racing. But the delay made no difference to Barker (Parr Motorsport) who got the jump from pole to head the field into Copse. Sutton (Redline Racing) slotted into second while Butcher (Celtic Speed) braved it out around the outside at Copse to grab third from Meadows (Redline Racing).
 
Although Barker quickly established his lead at around a second, Sutton mounted a determined pursuit and pushed the leader throughout the 28-lap race. Several times the gap came down to only half a second, but Barker was driving superbly and never offered Sutton the smallest of opportunities. Even after 26 minutes of flat out racing, the winning margin was only three quarters of a second.
 
“We kept the ball rolling,” said Barker after his fifth straight win. “We’ve really proven that we’ve clicked with the car. I was just trying to control the gap and a driver like James doesn’t make many mistakes.” Sutton, meanwhile, was equally impressed with his rival. “I’m a big fan of Ben’s driving: very clinical and controlled,” said Sutton. Butcher slipped back a little in third, taking a well deserved podium after Meadows ran as a constant shadow. However, with the title uppermost in his mind, Meadows was not prepared to risk an attack on Butcher. “I was never going to make a big move,” confirmed Butcher. “But I want to win the title by winning the second race,” he added. Andy Meyrick fended off Team Parker Racing team mate Richard Plant to take fifth after a lengthy tussle.
 
It was Pierce (JD Pierce with Parker) who stormed ahead at the start in Pro-Am1, but Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) raced very hard to get ahead of Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) and move in on Pierce. “Ahmad came up very strong,” said Pierce. “Then I had a big oversteer moment at Copse and that’s when he got the run on me to Becketts,” said Pierce.
 
With Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) up to third and chasing, Pierce fought back onto Al Harthy’s tail, but the Oman racer held on for an excellent Pro-Am1 victory. “I lost two places on the damp side of the track at the start, but I managed to carve my way through,” said Al Harthy.
 
There was also a close contest in Pro-Am2 as Denny (Parr Motorsport) had to fend off a determined Will Goff (Goff Racing) for many laps. Eventually, Goff had a quick spin at Becketts when right on Denny’s tail and that resolved the battle in Denny’s favour. “Will was right there for a long time,” said Denny who later had a quick spin of his own, but held on for Pro-Am2 spoils.
 
Round 17 results:
Pro category: 1 Ben Barker; 2 James Sutton; 3 Rory Butcher.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy; 2 Derek Pierce; 3 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Richard Denny; 2 Will Goff.

Meadows clinches Carrera Cup title at Silverstone

Media release: 7th October 2012

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows won the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB in the best possible style with victory in round 18 at Silverstone today (Sunday 7 October). Meadows set the pace from pole to put the title out of reach of his rivals with two races to go, while Ahmad Al Harthy made it a great day for Redline Racing by clinching the Pro-Am1 title.
 
Meadows got the start he needed to head the pack into Copse, but he was immediately under major pressure as Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) slotted into second and third.  In fact, over the early laps a mighty nine-car train made a sensational sight at the head of the race, with the top three chased by James Sutton (Redline Racing), Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing), Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) and Team Parker Racing trio Sam Tordoff, Andy Meyrick and Daniel Lloyd.
 
Meadows really wanted to clinch the title with another victory and defended in the face of a determined challenge from Gelzinis. Sutton was forced out on lap eight with an engine problem and Butcher tigered ahead of Gelzinis to take up the pursuit of Meadows, who had been able to edge out a margin of around a second.
 
By mid-race, Plant had moved up to mount a fierce attack on Gelzinis and was finally able to squeeze ahead under braking for Copse after they ran side-by-side all the way from Luffield. But at the head of the pack, Meadows was driving superbly to control the pace as he tightened his grip on the title. Then, with two laps to run Butcher was penalised five seconds for exceeding the track limits so Plant and Gelzinis moved up to complete the podium as the disappointed Butcher dropped to seventh in the final results.
 
“Today was a chance to do in style,” said Meadows who had really wanted to settle the title with another race win after concentrating on scoring points over the second half of the season. “I’m relieved we’ve done it,” he added. Plant was justifiably delighted with a fighting drive that was rewarded with second place and the ‘driver of the weekend’ award. “We’ve had an up and down year and that result is exactly what I needed,” said Plant. Gelzinis raced hard for third, while Barker fended off Tordoff and Meyrick to take fourth.
 
Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) was the class of Pro-Am1 and secured the category title in a style that mirrored his team mate Meadows. “The perfect way to do it,” said Al Harthy as his result helped Redline Racing earn the ‘team of the weekend’ award. Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) and Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Parker) completed the Pro-Am1 podium after a race-long battle, while Will Goff (Goff Racing) claimed Pro-Am2 as rival Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) retired after a first corner tangle.
 
Round 18 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Richard Plant; 3 Jonas Gelzinis.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy; 2 Oly Mortimer; 3 Derek Pierce.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff.