Le Mans 2014

Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads to Le Mans

Media release: 6th June 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

One of the best-known race tracks in the world is the incredible setting for round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as the championship joins with the Carrera Cup France for a spectacular support race to the Le Mans 24-hour race on the morning of Saturday 14 June.
 
In what will be the highest profile race in the 12-year history of the Carrera Cup GB, drivers will take to the awesome 8-mile track for a 45-minute race during the final build up to the start of the 24-hour marathon. The event has even greater significance as Porsche returns to compete at the top level of sports car racing in the world-famous 24 Hours.
 
Heading the Carrera Cup GB field is championship leader Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) and he is determined to make his mark in the race by challenging the best of the very strong entry from Carrera Cup France. Meadows heads to Le Mans with a 16-point championship lead but admits that the overall result is more important this weekend than championship points.
 
Leading the chase of Meadows in the title race is Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Josh Webster (Redline Racing) and he has shown mighty form in his opening races in the 460hp 911 GT3 Cup. However, a major contender for overall victory rejoins the Carrera Cup GB as Ben Barker heads up the Parr Motorsport squad. The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and GT racer will be right at the head of action in this special race.
 
Adding tremendous strength to the Pro field are Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing), Paul Rees (In2 Racing) and young Jake Hill, who returns to the championship with In2 Racing after an impressive debut at Brands Hatch in March. All of them are contenders for the overall podium.
 
The Pro-Am1 category is headed by Irishman Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) and he should be the benchmark. However, Rob Smith (Redline Racing), Graeme Mundy (In2 Racing) and championship newcomer Bill Cameron (Team Parker Racing) are all out to make their mark on this famous track.
 
The Pro-Am2 battle promises to be just as tough as category leader Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) resumes his sporting rivalry with Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and Will Goff (In2 Racing). Racing at Le Mans is a major ambition for all three drivers, so it will be a very special weekend for them.
 
Meanwhile, running alongside the Carrera Cup GB field will be three drivers from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) heads the entry and will travel from his new home in Canada for the race. He will go up against Guy Riall (Redline Racing) and Tom Hallissey (ASK Racing) in this unique opportunity to race at one of the world’s biggest race meetings.
 
After qualifying on Thursday (12 June) at 17.30, round seven of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 11.15 on Saturday (14 June).
June 6th 2014

Timetable

Wednesday 11th June

Time                   
Activity                                                    
14:30 Drivers Briefing
20:30 - 21:30 Free Practice

 

Thursday 12th June

Time                   
Activity                                                    
17:30 - 18:30 Qualifying

 

Friday 13th June

Time                   
Activity                                                    
TBC Drivers Autograph Session
TBC Drivers Parade in Le Mans town centre

Saturday 14th June

Time                   
Activity                                                    
11:15 - 12:00
Round Seven, Porsche Carrera Cup GB
15:00
24 Hours of Le Mans starts

Sunday 15th June

Time                  
Activity                                                                   
15:00
Porsche Carrera Cup GB cars and trucks leave 
15:00 End of Le Mans 24 hour

 

Barker tops Carrera Cup GB test at Le Mans

Media release: 11th June 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Drivers in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB were bowled over by their first chance to tackle the incredible eight-mile lap at Le Mans during testing this evening (Wednesday 11 June). Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) set a mighty pace to head the Carrera Cup drivers and take second fastest overall in the 62-strong pack of cars.
 
While Barker headed the British runners, championship leader Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) headed the impressive Paul Rees (In2 Racing) to be second fastest from as drivers spent the 60-minute session exploring the incredible challenge offered by the famous French track. The sight of 62 cars from Carrera Cup GB and Carrera Cup France lining up in the Le Mans pit lane got the race weekend off to a stunning start.
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) set the Pro-Am1 pace, while Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) headed Pro-Am2 pace and Guy Riall (Almara Racing) turned in an impressive performance to head the GT3 Cup Challenge runners.
 
The cars are back on track for qualifying at 5.30pm on Wednesday afternoon.
 
 
Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) fastest overall:
“With a new track you’ve just got to get on with it and take some risks at the start. There was so much traffic and I finally got a clear lap, but after the peak of the session.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) second overall:
“That was interesting! It’s a lot to think about and there was a lot of traffic. You just wait, wait, wait and then breathe on the straights. Then it’s about massive braking.”
 
Paul Rees (In2 Racing) third overall:
“It’s an awe-inspiring place and this is the most level playing field of the season. There’s been a big gap since Thruxton and we’ve made good progress. I’m confident we can find more time.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“It’s so fast! I need a road map to see where I’m going and I’ve still not sorted out the Porsche Curves. There’s a big chunk of time to come and I just need more laps.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) fastest in Pro-Am2:
“I forgot to put any ear plugs in and so my ears are ringing. It’s a great track and the Porsche Curves are so impressive with the big weight transfer at speed. I’ve never driven a corner like that before. There’s a lot of time left in me.”
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) third in Pro-Am2:
“Unbelievable! Every time you go round a corner you see where you can find more time. This is one track you have to race on: it was just phenomenal. The most amazing thing is sitting on the rev limiter down the Mulsanne Straight.”
 
Guy Riall (Almara Racing) fastest in GT3 Cup Challenge:
“I had to come into the pits after the out lap to get the blipper re-set. Then I was just trying to get the circuit in my mind. It’s a mega circuit: fantastic!”

Free Practice Times

Media release: 11th June 2014

Source: Alkamelsystems.com

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC -
2 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
3 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
4 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
5 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
6 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
7 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
8 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
9 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
10 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
11 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
12 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0

 

Barker sets Carrera Cup GB pole at Le Mans

Media release: 12th June 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Ben Barker set the pace in the heat of Le Mans to head the Porsche Carrera Cup GB drivers in qualifying for the combined Carrera Cup GB and France race at the French track on Saturday (14 June).
 
Barker (Parr Motorsport) ended the hour-long session fourth overall and at the top of the Carrera Cup GB pack despite two red flags and many yellow flags as 62 drivers tackled the world-famous eight-mile track. Karl Leonard and Steven Liquorish from Team Parker Racing headed Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 respectively, while Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) was best of the GT3 Cup Challenge drivers.
 
The air temperature was nudging 30 degrees when the session started from the magnificent Le Mans pit lane and Barker was immediately trading times with the fastest of the French drivers. Eventually, the difficulty of finding a clear lap cost him a chance of setting overall pole, but fourth fastest and leading GB racer was still a good result.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) was a strong second while Paul Rees (In2 Racing) continued his excellent Le Mans form to be third ahead of Victor Jimenez and Josh Webster from Redline Racing.
 
In Pro-Am1, the leading trio of Leonard, Rob Smith (Redline Racing) and Graeme Mundy (In2 Racing) were very closely matched and covered by just over two seconds. Meanwhile, in Pro-Am2, Liquorish took a handy margin and Smallwood was clear at the head of the GT3 Cup Challenge runners.
 
The 45-minute race will start at 11.15am on Saturday, ahead of the start of the Le Mans 24-hour race.
 
 
Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) fastest overall:
“I just got traffic every lap when the tyres were good. On my second tyre run I was 1.5s up and got yellows at the exit of the Porsche Curves. It was very frustrating but at least we’re starting in the top four overall.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) second overall:
“That was okay and I was happy with the lap time until I saw the overall pole time. I’m relatively close to Ben Barker so that’s important. But I only got one proper clear lap.”
 
Paul Rees (In2 Racing) third overall:
“I didn’t really get a lap together; there was too much traffic and too many yellow flags. On what was my fastest lap I slowed for yellow flags, so there’s plenty more time to come.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“I didn’t get one decent lap! I had a run into the gravel on the first lap and was 1.2s up on the last lap when another car pulled over on me.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) fastest in Pro-Am2:
“That’s all good: I really enjoyed it. There were a lot of yellow flags and Stuart Parker gave me a good talking to when I changed tyres! A 4m11s lap round here is pretty good!”
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) third in Pro-Am2:
“Absolutely brilliant! I’m certainly enjoying it. I just can’t believe I’ve gone from being a track day driver to racing at Le Mans in a year and a half.”
 
Pete Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) fastest in GT3 Cup Challenge:
“That was excellent and I‘m finally understanding where the corners are. On lap two and three I got clear air and no yellow flags, so it was all good.”
 
Grid for round seven:
Pro: 1 Ben Barker 4m04.752s; 2 Michael Meadows 4m05.613s; 3 Paul Rees 4m05.947s.
Pro-Am1: 1 Karl Leonard 4m08.640s; 2 Rob Smith 4m09.816s; 3 Graeme Mundy 4m10.841s.
Pro-Am2: 1 Steven Liquorish 4m11.913s; 2 Scott Marshall 4m15.527s; 3 Peter Kyle-Henney 4m16.298s.
GT3 Cup: 1 Peter Smallwood 4m20.669s; 2 Tom Hallissey 4m43.896s; 3 Guy Riall no time

Grid

Media release: 12th June 2014

Source: Alkamelsystems.com

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
A Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 4:04.752 1.386
2 A Michael  Meadows GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 4:05.613 2.247
3 A Paul Rees GBR IN2 Racing 4:05.947 2.581
4 A Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 4:06.761 3.409
5 A Josh Webster GBR Redline Racing 4:06.775 3.589
6 B Karl Leonard IRL Team Parker Racing 4:08.640 5.274
7 B Chris Harris GBR Redline Racing 4:09.209 5.843
8 B Rob Smith GBR Redline Racing 4:09.816 6.450
9 B Graeme Mundy GBR IN2 Racing 4:10.841 7.475
10 B Steven Liqorish GBR Team Parker Racing 4:11.913 8.547
11 B Scott Marshall GBR Welch Motorsport 4:15.527 12.161
12 B Peter Kyle-Henney GBR Parr Motorsport 4:16.298 12.932
13 B Peter Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 4:20.669 17.303
14 B Bill Cameron GBR Team Parker Racing 4:22.968 19.602
15 B Tom Hallissey IRL ASK Racing 4:43.896 40.530
16 B Guy Riall GBR Redline Racing No Time No Time

 

Top Ten

 Pos. 
Class        
Driver                              Nat.        
Entry                                       
 Time             Gap    
 1  A Kevin Estre
 FRA Tsunami RT 4:03.366  -
 2  A Tom Dillmann
 FRA RMS 4:03.564 0.198
 3  A Earl Bamber  NZL Team Carrera Cup Asia 4:03.565 0.199
 4  A Ben Barker  GBR Parr Motorsport
4:04.752 1.386
 5  A Nicolas Marroc  FRA @LoebRacing 4:04.769 1.403
 6  A Nicolas Armindo  FRA Imsa Performance Matmut 4:05.017 1.651
 7  A Lonni Martins  FRA Racing Technology 4:05.552 2.186
 8  A Steven Palette  FRA Yvan Muller Racing 4:05.613 2.247
 9  A Sacha Bottemanne  FRA Sebastien Loeb Racing 4:05.625 2.259
 10  A Maxime Jousse  FRA Sebastien Loeb Racing
4:05.715 2.349

 

Barker takes famous Carrera Cup GB win at Le Mans

Media release: 14th June 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Ben Barker was the star of Le Mans today (Saturday 14 June) with a resounding win in round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as well as overall race victory as the championship contender joined with drivers from Carrera Cup France for a spectacular race on the famous track during the build-up to the start of the 24-hour race.
 
A magnificent 62-car field included three drivers in the GT3 Cup Challenge GB and truly memorable category victories were taken by Karl Leonard (Pro-Am1), Steven Liquorish (Pro-Am2) and Peter Smallwood (GT3 Cup Challenge). For all the drivers, the chance to tackle this awesome high-speed track on a very special day made it a truly memorable occasion.
 
Barker (Parr Motorsport) was in contention right from the start of the high-speed race and battled into second overall behind race leader Kevin Estre. Then, on the final lap Estre suffered a rear puncture and Barker swept ahead to take a famous win in front of a vast crowd.
 
One of the drives of the race came from Carrera Cup Scholar Josh Webster (Redline Racing) who started down in 15th overall, but raced superbly to fight up to seventh place and second GB racer at the finish. In the closing laps he wriggled ahead of Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) as they both battled furiously with leading French racers. Meanwhile, Paul Rees (In2 Racing) drove a storming race to finish fourth of the GB pack in 14th place after dropping to 35th overall when he was squeezed into a first lap spin.
 
Karl Leonard (Pro-Am1) and Steven Liquorish (Pro-Am2) both turned in fine performances for Team Parker Racing to win their respective divisions, while Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) headed the GT3 Cup Challenge drivers as Guy Riall (Almara Racing) battled through to second from the tail of the grid.
 
 
Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) first overall in Carrera Cup GB:
“Mega! It was a really amazing race and an amazing atmosphere. I had a good start and picked off Dillman. Estre was quick but I was holding the gap. The puncture was unlucky for him, but I was there to pick up the pieces.”
 
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall:
“That was an unbelievable race! Massive thanks are due to the Redline team as we made big changes to the car after qualifying. Even from the first laps it felt so much better. I was really able to challenge and make some awesome moves.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) third overall:
“That was a tough battle with the French drivers. The more they battled, the more it allowed Josh to catch us. It was a bit crazy out there at times, but it was a fun race.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“Mega! I was leading all the class Bs at one stage and it was a great race: brilliant! I made a slight mistake and had a big moment in the Porsche Curves. It’s been an amazing experience and thanks to Porsche and Team Parker Racing.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am2:
“It was brilliant! I was just trying to keep out of trouble. I took a bit of wing off the car and it was very fast on the straights, but I struggled a bit with turn in. It was an absolutely brilliant experience.”
 
Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) first in GT3 Cup Challenge:
“To win at Le Mans is fantastic. I got a good start and got my head down and was then able to back it off a bit later in the race. I was just managing the gap to Guy Riall. What a fantastic experience.”
 
 
Results round 7:
Pro category: 1 Ben Barker; 2 Josh Webster; 3 Michael Meadows.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Karl Leonard; 2 Rob Smith; 3 Graeme Mundy.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Steven Liquorish; 2 Scott Marshall; 3 Bill Cameron.
GT3 Cup Challenge: 1 Peter Smallwood; 2 Guy Riall; 3 Tom Hallissey.

Race One Results

Media release: 14th June 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
A Ben Barker GBR Parr Motorsport 45:07.642 -
2 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
3 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
4 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
5 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
6 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
7 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
8 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
9 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
10 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
11 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0
12 TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC 0

 

Fastest Lap

 

Pro - TBC - TBC

ProAm1 - TBC - TBC

ProAm2 - TBC - TBC