Coates in race two“Epic” was how team boss Paul Robe described and action packed Porsche Carrera Cup race two this afternoon at Donington Park. In contrast to the previous days, the circuit was doused in water after an early morning rain shower. The weather perked up after that allowing the track to dry out for the start of the race.

The rolling start meant Max got a better get away than in race one only losing out to Victor Jimenez off the line. Michael Meadows and Karl Leonard touched in front sending Meadows into the gravel. He would rejoin but in last and a long way behind the pack. This promoted both drivers up a spot but Peter was hit by Graeme Mundy off the line and lost two places.

“I was happier with my start,” said Max. “I was still in fourth after turn one and I just tried to push on from there. I was right with Victor and Karl, Josh as pulling a bit of a gap but I was confident that I’d have the pace if it stayed dry. So I was biding my time, waiting for the tyres to come up to temperature before I put an attack on Victor. Unfortunately it started raining before I could mount that.”

The rain came at mid-distance and meant a number of cars would go off including front runners Karl Leonard and Victor Jimenez as well as Max, who took a detour at the Old Hairpin and went wide on another occasion.  He was able to rejoin however and would cross the line in fifth.

“Fifth is a good result but I think our pace in the dry would have got us a podium.” Said Max “The opportunity is all thanks to Porsche and Parr Motorsport who gave me the tools this weekend so a big thanks to all.”

Henney in race twoPeter Kyle-Henney picked up more ProAm2 silverware with second in class and ninth overall. “It was a truly entertaining race,” said Peter. “You’re going so much slower it’s a case of making sure you get back in one piece. Steve was in front but I knew we were the same pace so I wasn’t doing too badly. but there was no way I was going to risk overtaking in those conditions. Considering where we were on Thursday to be competitive in qualifying and then the win yesterday and a podium today is a good weekends work.”

“It was one of those races that you can’t believe how hard the drivers had to work to keep it on the track,” added Paul Robe. “It was tough to make calls on tyres and they had to stay out really. Max did really well. I know he’s not happy with where he finished up and he had a slide off but it was very difficult. They both brought the cars home without a scratch so it was absolutely brilliant.”

Rounds five and six take place at Thruxton on 3rd and 4th May.