Pepe Massot during qualifying at Croft

Parr Motorsport endured changeable weather during the half hour qualifying session for rounds eight and nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup to take two ProAm1 pole positions. The session was halted after just four minutes after guest driver Ollie Millroy went off at the first corner. As the red flag flew the heavens opened and the track was covered in a good dousing of rain.

The session restarted after nearly ten minutes after the stricken car had been removed and Pepe put in a number of laps on his slick tyres. The track was not fully wet so for the drivers it was a case of feeling their way around, finding the grip. The Spanish Porsche novice was able to find huge chunks of time before pitting for fresh rubber. Peter tried wet tyres before switching to slicks for the remainder of the session.

“It was one of the toughest qualifiers,” said team boss Paul Robe. ”It was one of those sessions that you don’t want with the red flags and the rain as the strategy that you put together before hand doesn’t work, so you have to think on your feet and adapt. Our goal was for Pepe to be fastest in ProAm1 and he did that so we achieved what we came here to do.”

“Conditions were tricky but Peter worked hard and got his lap on the last lap as Pepe did but the track was changing all the time. It was one of those lottery situation but we’re glad we got through it with the cars in one piece and we’re in good shape for the race.”

“It was a difficult session,” added Peter Kyle-Henney. “You needed to get on it straight away. I got caught in traffic which wrecked my first lap and then it started to rain so I came in. It was very, very slippery through the Esses out the back and that’s where Michael came off, it as a case of getting a good time and not wrecking the car.”

“We saw the cloud over the first corner so we knew that it would rain,” said Pepe. The track was changing quite quickly but the Jim Clark Esses were soaking wet so I was careful but I knew my last lap was the best when I took the chequered flag. It’s my first ever time in this car in the wet so I’m pretty happy with my performance.”

Peter’s time would put him third in ProAm2 and tenth overall for round eight. For tomorrow’s round nine he will start in second in class and eighth overall. Pepe will start both races from fifth overall and from the ProAm1 pole.