2012 British GP Supercup startSam Tordoff finished highest of the eight drivers from the Porsche Carrera Cup GB who stepped up to the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup race at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend (7/8 July). Tordoff finished a strong 12th from a 25-car field, but it was a bitter sweet weekend for 2012 Carrera Cup Scholarship driver Daniel Lloyd who qualified a hugely impressive tenth overall only to be eliminated on the opening lap of the race.
Saturday’s damp but drying qualifying session was remarkably closely fought as the strongest Supercup field of 2012 so far took to the three-mile Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone. Lloyd turned in a mighty performance to head the home contingent with tenth best time, yet he was only 0.597s away from the pole position of Kuba Giermaziak. In between Giermaziak and Lloyd were seasoned Supercup aces like Rene Rast and Norbert Siedler, while behind Lloyd were more Supercup stars including Kevin Estre and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen.
Other British drivers to turn in impressive performances were Glynn Geddie and Michael Meadows in 14th and 15th, both within a second of the pole time.
Unfortunately, the opening lap of the race dealt Lloyd’s hopes a terminal blow. “I was hit from behind at the hairpin and into the back of the Michael Meadows and that broke my radiator, so I was out on the spot.” It was a massive disappointment, but Lloyd was upbeat about the whole experience. “It was an incredible weekend and to be less than six-tenths of a second off the best Porsche drivers in the world was amazing. Huge thanks go to Porsche Cars GB for making this possible.”
While Lloyd and Glynn Geddie were first lap retirements, Tordoff drove a fine race to battle through to 12th place, finishing close behind Robert Lukas and one place ahead of Meadows. “I’m delighted to be the top British finisher,” said Tordoff. “Big thanks are due to Team Parker Racing and all my sponsors.”
Rory Butcher (16th), Richard Plant (17th) and Michael Leonard (19th) all had good races, but Ahmad Al Harthy was out mid-race after a clash with another car damaged a wheel.