Pepe celebrates his second win at CroftBoth Parr Motorsport drivers made inroads into the objectives of championship honours this year with solid performances in round nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup. Despite this being Pepe Massot’s first weekend in the championship he has the ProAm1 title firmly in his sights and his run to victory puts him just 31 points behind leader Karl Leonard.

The race started with a side by side rolling start. Into the first corner contact was all but guaranteed somewhere in the pack and it happened between Pepe and Victor Jimenez. The two touched and Victor, on the outside of Pepe as they exited the left-hander, spun out of the race. “I was alongside Victor at the start and he came towards me and I locked the fronts,” said Pepe. “I had nowhere to go as there was a tyre wall next to me. He kept coming and then he spun around.” Pepe was able to continue but with bent steering giving him over-steer as the race progressed.

Peter Kyle-Henney used a more strategic approach to his race with a good points haul the aim of the game going into the championship’s summer break. “We had a strategy of finishing both races and I knew it would be tight at the first couple of corners where we’re side by side, so I made the decision that if it looked too tight I’d back out and see what unfolded.” Said Peter. 

The plan worked out well, whilst he lost out to Paul McKay in the early laps he was able to apply pressure to get past him. “It was clear I was quicker than Paul in front but I didn’t want to risk it. He wasn’t going to give me space so I just had to push him into a mistake, which happened at Tower.”

Despite Pepe’s over-steer problem both drivers were able to record strong finishes, with Peter making massive inroads into the gap to rival Liquorish in the final stages of the race. Pepe crossed the line to take his second ProAm1 win of the weekend and third overall in the race with Peter racking up another podium with second in ProAm2. His consistent finishing results now puts Peter fifth overall in the championship.

“It was a great race,” added Paul Robe. “It was just what we wanted. Pepe won the class and drove a good race which It’s good for the start of his championship run and his goal of winning ProAm1. Peter knew that some of the people he was racing against are unpredictable so he was tentative at the start and took a cautious line. It was about getting points this weekend and making sure we’re in a strong position for the rest of the season. If you take drop scores into account they are level pegging so it’s all looking very good.”

Both drivers shared the team bosses positive opinions of their visit to the North Yorkshire circuit. “I’m really happy for the position, said Pepe, “but would have liked to battle with the guys in front. “It was absolutely brilliant, Happy days,” added Peter.