Parr Motorsport’s Mark Cole staged a stunning comeback drive from the back of the grid to finish fifteenth and fifth in class. Mark followed the lead of his team-mates to score solid points for his championship challenge. Dino Zamparelli was able to convert his second row start into fifth place with fellow pro driver Paul Rees two places behind in seventh. Paul was actually demoted to eighth by Ryan Cullen who took the place on the last lap, leaving the track to do so and was later dropped down the order after the race allowing Paul to reclaim seventh. 

Mark Cole made it as high as twelfth by mid-race but had taken the best out his tyres on his early charge and had to spend the second half of the race defending. He flat spotted his tyres into the bus stop when he braked late and the subsequent loss of performance meant he had to concede three places but it was a blemish in an otherwise impressive drive. Peter Kyle-Henney also showed well maintaining second in ProAm2 for the first half of the race but fell down to fourth when his heavily used set of Michelin tyres were no longer a match for the newer rubber of his rivals.

After the race both Dino and Paul would gain a place after Victor Jimenez and Ryan Cullen were penalised for exceeding track limits. All in all it was a solid performance for the Parr Motorsport team that resulted in all four drivers scoring points for their respective title pushes.

Mark Cole – Started 30th, finished 15th

“It went better than I could have expected. I out-braked myself at the bus stop and went wide, over the curbs and put the tracking out. Then I just spent the rest of the race defending from the guys I had already overtaken and lost a few when the car was no longer handling with massive understeer and a massive flat spot.

I was keen off the line and there were a few sleeping people so I thought lets get on with it so I was mildly pleased. I drove well but threw away some good work away so I’ll work on my braking.”

Paul Rees – Started 8th, finished 7th

“I started P8 which isn’t ideal but it is a fantastic circuit. I had a great start but got bogged down in the commotion at the first corner. I got mugged and lost a lot of places on the run to Eau Rouge when Cullen and Latifi came together. At one point I was down in P12 but battled my way back to P7 but once you lose touch with the pack you’re going to really struggle to catch up. I was very quick through the first sector but I had a massive flat spot and it was down to the canvas when I finished the race but I’m looking forward to race two.”

Dino Zamparelli – Started 4th, finished 5th

“It was solid but not spectacular. I thing we’re a little bit off where we want to be but we finished and got some points in the bag. It’s what we needed to start the campaign. I was expecting more from the race and there was more pace in the car that we didn’t unlock so it’s unfortunate not to go for the podium but I’m happy with P5. We’re learning and progressing and we’ll keep working hard.”

Peter Kyle-Henney – Started 16th, finished 19th

It was always going to be difficult to hold everyone off with the tyres we had. I was pleased to hold on to second for as long as I did but at the end I had to accept that they would drive past because the grip fell away on lap five. Fourth gives us some points though so we’ll keep going.”