Pepe at RockinghamParr Motorsport experienced an interesting day at Rockingham in preparation for rounds fourteen and fifteen of the 2014 Porsche Carrera Cup GB.  After testing at the Corby track soon after the previous rounds at Knockhill the team were confident in the base set up that was on both its 991 GT3 Cup cars.

The first session of the day got underway at nine o’clock when the conditions were dry but a little cold. The cars were soon lapping at a frenetic pace as they both worked through their programmes on old rubber. The objective was to get used to the circuit on old rubber before looking at new tyre runs in the second session.

“Peter’s time is not representative of his pace but he didn’t do a bad job so we’ll take stock.” Said team boss Paul Robe on Peter Kyle-Henney’s first practice session after he completed ten laps to go just over three tenths off class leader and title rival Steven Liquorish. “It was as expected on old tyres but it was a case of finding the grip and the fastest lap came on the last lap but I feel good in the car.“ Added Peter. 

Peter went well in the second session completing twenty six laps including a new tyre run but cruel luck would intervene just minutes from the end of the session when he drifted wide at the first corner. The fast, banked corner is one that punished errors and Peter got on the marble and hit the concrete wall, damaging the right hand side of the car.  “I was pleased with Peter’s position,” said Paul. “He drove quickly and ended up where he needed to be in ProAm2 but unfortunately had a bit of a problem at the end of the session. We’ve got little bit of work to do to get it sorted for tomorrow but we’ll be okay.”

Pro driver Pepe Massot completed a number short runs on used rubber in the morning session completing twelve laps and securing fifth in the times. For the second session he did a short run on the same tyres before bolting on a new set and waiting for the other drivers to move first. Unfortunately traffic would play a part when he did go out, blocking the Spanish youngster on both of his quick laps.

“The time is really not representative of the car or the driver so we’ll have to wait for qualifying tomorrow,” commented Paul Robe. “We’re quite happy with the level we’re at and he drove well and we know where we are but unfortunately traffic can sometimes play a part.” “I was unlucky with traffic. The car had a bit of understeer but we’re sorted for tomorrow so we’re looking very good.” Added Pepe who would finish the session fifth overall.