Croft

Porsche Carrera Cup GB heads north to Croft

Media release: 14th June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows will head north to Croft (22/23 June) with a newly-created advantage in the title race for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. Rounds nine and 10 of the 20-race season will take competitors to North Yorkshire and Meadows is eager to consolidate the 23-point lead he established at Oulton Park.
 
Four drivers have emerged as the major contenders for the overall title in the mighty 450bhp 911 GT3 Cup cars and now comes the annual visit to the challenge of Croft, which takes the schedule to the halfway point and the beginning of a six-week mid-season break.
 
With five wins from eight races, including a commanding double last time out, Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) is the man on top of the championship just now. “We’ve had four completely different circuits so far and Croft is another one,” said Meadows. “Last year there we were very quick, but I wasn’t feeling so well and made a couple of mistakes. I didn’t finish the second race and Rory Butcher was very quick. He’ll be going there very confident, so I want to try and beat him.”
 
Despite a very mixed weekend at Oulton Park, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) is second in the points and badly wants to get his title bid back on track: he led the points before Oulton Park. Meanwhile, double winner at Brands Hatch Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) is still seeking a return to that winning form and is being chased in the points by Thruxton winner Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing). For Huddersfield racer Lloyd, Croft is very much home ground and his recent pace suggests that the Carrera Cup Scholarship racer will be a major contender.
 
It has been an up and down season so far for Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and the Scot would love nothing more than a re-run of 2012 when he won both Croft races in style. If he can recreate his Croft pace of a year ago, Rory should be the man to beat.
 
In Pro-Am1, Redline Racing team mates Victor Jimenez and Dan De Zille are proving very evenly matched and spent much of the Oulton Park weekend locked in battle. Jimenez has the upperhand in the Pro-Am1 points as De Zille scored Pro points at Brands Hatch before switching to Pro-Am1.
 
Set to challenge Jimenez and De Zille at Croft will be series returnee George Brewster (Celtic Speed) who makes a welcome return to the grid after missing Thruxton and Oulton Park. Meanwhile, the plans of Oulton Pro-Am1 winner Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) are uncertain and he may miss the Croft weekend before rejoining the series later in the season.
 
After qualifying at 13.40 on Saturday (22 June), round nine of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 16.50. Round ten will start at 13.20 on Sunday (23 June) and will be broadcast live on ITV4

Timetable

Friday 21st June

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps        
09:30 - 10:09 Free Practice Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship
 
10:14 - 10:53 Free Practice Renault UK Clio Cup  
10:58 - 11:37 Free Practice
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
11:42 - 12:21 Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
12:26 - 12:46
Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
12:46 - 13:46  Lunch Break
 
13:46 - 14:24 Free Practice Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  
14:29 - 15:07
Free Practice Renault UK Clio Cup  
15:12 - 15:51 Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
15:56 - 16:35
Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
16:40 - 17:00
Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  

 

Saturday 22nd June

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:30 - 10:10 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
 
10:20 - 10:40 Qualifying Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship
 
10:50 - 11:20 Qualifying Renault UK Clio Cup  
11:30 - 11:50 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
12:00 - 12:40 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
12:40 - 13:40
Lunch Break
 
13:40 - 14:10 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
14:20 - 14:30 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship
 
14:40
Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  20 mins
15:10 - 15:40
Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
15:50 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  10
16:15
Qualifying Renault UK Clio Cup  10
16:50 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 15
17:25 - 17:45
Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins
17:55 - 18:10
Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship

 

Sunday 23rd June

Time                  
Activity                                                      
Championship                                                             
Laps      
10:30 - 11:05
Pit lane walkabout / Autograph Session

11:30
 BTCC Driver Parade

 
11:50 BTCC Pit Lane Opens

12:02 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
15
12:45 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 15
13:20 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 15
13:55 Race  Ginetta Junior Championship 8
14.25 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
   
14:37 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 15
15:20 - 15:40
Lunch Break Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins
15:50 Race Renault UK Clio Cup 10
16:25 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 15
17:00 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
17:12 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 15
17:55 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 8

 

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB test at Croft

Media release: 21st June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows continued from where he left off at Oulton Park in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB by setting the standard at Croft during testing today (Friday 21 June).
 
After taking two impressive wins last time out at the Cheshire track, Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) set the pace in testing ahead of rounds nine and ten at the North Yorkshire track. In the morning session, Meadows underlined his status as championship leader with a string of laps in the 1m22s bracket. Then, later in the day on a new tyre run he went half a second quicker to leave the mark at 1m22.172s.
 
However, it was no easy cruise for Meadows as Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) ran very strongly to end the day just 0.165s behind Meadows. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) went third best from Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed).
 
In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) topped the times, but series returnee George Brewster (Celtic Speed) ran him close as Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) slotted into third. Series newcomer George Wright (Redline Racing) ran well in Pro-Am2 to head the category.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“We’ve started here from where we left off at Oulton Park. In the first session the track was still a bit damp in places. If it stays dry for qualifying, I think pole could be in the 1m21s bracket. It’s a great way to start the weekend. With the break in the calendar coming up, it is important to finish this weekend in good shape.”
 
Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) second overall:
“We had a really solid, consistent session this morning on used tyres and then found good pace on new tyres. We know where the time is and it could be wet for the rest of the weekend, which won’t be a problem.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) third overall:
“It was good when we put the new tyres on for the second session. It seemed like a completely different circuit.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“The balance of the car is fantastic. We had very old tyres for the first session, but the second session was better. I prefer the weather in Spain to the rain at Croft.”
 
George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“I’ve not been in the car since Donington in April: I’ve been busy with business and family commitments. You do miss it and I’m just getting back into the groove.”

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 21st June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:22.655 -
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd
GBR Team Parker Racing 1:23.117 0.462
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed
1:23.529 0.874
4 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 1:23.599 0.944
5 Pro Dean Stoneman IRE Redline Racing 1:23.812 1.157
6 Pro James Birch LTU Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:24.285 1.630
7 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 1:25.135 2.480
8 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
GBR Celtic Speed 1:25.662 3.007
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille ESP Redline Racing 1:26.445 3.790
10 Pro-Am2 George Wright
GBR Redline Racing 1:31.914 9.259

 

Free Practice Two Times

Media release: 21st June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:22.172 -
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:22.328 0.156
3 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 1:22.813 0.641
4 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 1:23.014 0.842
5 Pro Rory Butcher LTU
Celtic Speed 1:23.376 1.204
6 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 1:24.390 2.218
7 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
GBR Celtic Speed 1:24.718 2.546
8 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:24.974 2.802
9 Pro James Birch ESP Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:26.505 4.333
10 Pro-Am2 George Wright
GBR Redline Racing 1:28.670 6.498

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Croft

Media release: 22nd June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows was in stunning form in Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Croft today (Saturday 22 June) to take both pole positions with the fastest Carrera Cup laps ever seen at the Yorkshire track.
 
Although there were spots of rain in the air as the cars went out for the half-hour session, the track was dry as Meadows set a fierce pace. After the first tyre runs, Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) topped the times, but Meadows went even faster on his second set of tyres to set the mark at 1m21.547s, 1.4s inside the existing lap record. Meadows’ second best lap of 1m21.846s was strong enough to secure pole for the second race of the weekend.
 
Stoneman had a good session to take P2 for both races, while Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) was third from Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). However, in trouble with fifth and eighth places was Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) after a rear wheel bearing problem interrupted his running after only five laps.
 
In Pro-Am1, Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) set the pace to take two category poles, but George Brewster (Celtic Speed) ran close to the Spanish racer in an impressive return to the series after missing the Thruxton and Oulton Park events. Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) was third in Pro-Am1, while series newcomer George Wright (Redline Racing) headed Pro-Am2.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“The first set of tyres was okay, and I was just adapting to the track conditions. The track wasn’t at the optimum until later in the session. We improved the car slightly for the second tyre run and found six-tenths of a second. Now I just need to get a good start.”
 
George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“We’re in the mix, but Victor Jimenez did very well with that time. When the second set of tyres came in I dropped a wheel off the kerb at Sunny Out on what was my best lap. I had no option but to keep going.”
 
Round 9 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m21.547s); 2 Dean Stoneman (1m21.792s); 3 Dan Lloyd (1m22.112s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m22.889s); 2 George Brewster (1m23.122s); 3 Dan De Zille (1m23.706s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright (1m27.324s).
 
Round 10 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m21.846s); 2 Dean Stoneman (1m21.906s); 3 Dan Lloyd (1m22.384s).
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m23.288s); 2 George Brewster (1m23.437s); 3 Dan De Zille (1m23.930s).
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright (1m27.397s).

Grid - Race One

Media release: 22nd June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:21.547
-
2 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 1:21.792 0.245
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd LTU Team Parker Racing 1:22.112 0.565
4 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:22.182 0.635
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 1:22.537 0.990
6 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:22.889 1.342
7 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:23.094 1.547
8 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
IRE
Celtic Speed 1:23.122 1.575
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille IRE
Redline Racing 1:23.706 2.159
10 Pro-Am2 George Wright
GBR Redline Racing 1:27.324 5.777

Stoneman wins Carrera Cup GB round nine

Media release: 22nd June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Dean Stoneman scored a classy win in round nine of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Croft today (Sunday 22 June) after a race-long contest with Rory Butcher and Michael Meadows. Meanwhile Victor Jimenez and George Wright claimed Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 spoils.

 

The start was critical as Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) didn’t get away well. However Stoneman got a strong start and was able to edge ahead on the drag to Clervaux. Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) tried to dive past Meadows at Hawthorns, but the cars touched and Lloyd spun to the tail of the field. 

Up front, Stoneman made the running from Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Meadows and it was nip-and-tuck all race between these three. Meadows finally got ahead of Butcher, but then hit gearbox problems with two laps to go and lost the place back to Butcher as Stoneman stayed ahead for a deserved win. Meadows, with his car stuck in third gear, was almost caught on the final lap by Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing).

Jimenez (Redline Racing) claimed Pro-Am1 after spending many laps trying to find a way ahead of James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport). Late in the race Jimenez clinched fifth overall as Lloyd recovered to sixth. George Brewster (Celtic Speed) tigered ahead of Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) to take second in Pro-Am1.

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) first overall:
“I got a good start and did the job into the first corner. Then I was concentrating on keeping the car consistent. I tried to keep well clear of the tyres at the chicane. I struggled a bit towards the end of the race, but it was so much easier being at the front.”

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) second overall:
“That was really good fun and I was giving 100% the whole race. I made one mistake and Meadows got by, but I got it back towards the end of the race.”

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) third overall:
“I didn’t get a great start. Then Dan was on the inside at Turn 2 and we touched. That knocked the steering out a bit. Then later in the race I had a gearbox problem and couldn’t upshift, so I was stuck in third.”

Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“Birch was very strong today. My car was very nervous as the race went, but I’m very, very happy with the result.”

George Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“I had a shocking start and got mugged by De Zille: he had the momentum to take him through. Then I kept the best move til last and it worked. It was good racing.”

George Wright (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am2:
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself and my lap times are getting faster every time I go out.”

Round 9 results:

Pro category: 1 Dean Stoneman; 2 Rory Butcher; 3 Michael Meadows.

Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 George Brewster; 3 Dan De Zille.

Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright

Race One Results

Media release: 22nd June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 21:18.187 -
2 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 21:18.481 0.294
3 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 21:23.267 5.080
4 Pro Jonas Gelzinis IRE Juta Racing 21:23.732 5.545
5 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 21:34.680 16.493
6 Pro Daniel Lloyd ESP Team Parker Racing 21:39.171 20.984
7 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 21.39.597 21.410
8 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
GBR Celtic Speed 21:44.772 26.585
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille LTU Redline Racing 21:45.156 26.969
10 Pro-Am2 George Wright
GBR Redline Racing 21:26.042 1 Lap

 

Fastest Lap

Pro -Dean Stoneman, Redline Racing 1:23.695

ProAm1 - Victor Jimenez, Redline Racing 1:24.808

ProAm2 - George Wright, Redline Racing 1:29.925

Grid - Race Two

Media release: 22nd June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:21.846
-
2 Pro Dean Stoneman LTU Redline Racing 1:21.906 0.060
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:22.384
0.538
4 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:22.400
0.554
5 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:23.175
1.329
6 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 1:23.288
1.442
7 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
IRE Celtic Speed 1:23.437
1:591
8 Pro Jonas Gelzinis ESP Juta Racing 1:23.720
1.884
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing
1:23.930
2.084
10 Pro-Am2 George Wright
GBR Redline Racing 1:27.397
5.551

Gelzinis wins Carrera Cup GB round ten

Media release: 23rd June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Jonas Gelzinis took victory in round ten of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Croft today (Sunday 23 June) in a race that was effectively decided at the second corner when five cars, including championship leader Michael Meadows were eliminated. In a fine contest for Pro-Am1, George Brewster just beat Victor Jimenez, while George Wright won Pro-Am2.
 
There was chaos as the pack turned through Hawthorn for the first time. Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) got the jump on Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) on the run to the first corner. Then, as they turned into Hawthorn, the pack concertina’d behind Stoneman as he braked for the corner. Meadows hit the back of Stoneman and Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) hit the back of Meadows. Both Meadows and Lloyd were out on the spot.
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) then hit the back of Lloyd and was, in turn, hit by James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport). Butcher was tipped into a spin and was hit by Dan De Zille (Redline Racing). Butcher, Birch and De Zille were all out as the safety car joined the track while the damaged cars were removed.
 
From the re-start, Stoneman was able to pull clear as Gelzinis (Juta Racing) battled ahead of Brewster (Celtic Speed) to run second. Over the closing stages, Gelzinis closed in on the leader and was later elevated to victory when Stoneman was excluded for his part in the first lap accident.
 
Meanwhile, Brewster became embroiled in a fabulous battle with Jimenez. The Spanish racer got briefly ahead at Tower, but Brewster nipped back ahead to take a great win after an excellent contest.
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta) first overall:
“After our problems in qualifying, I said it could all change today. We changed the car dramatically for the race and it worked completely. I had great pace all through the race.”
 
George Brewster (Celtic Speed) first in Pro-Am1:
“He was quicker than me and I had to work very hard to defend the lead. We both had moments at the chicane. I’ve very much enjoyed my weekend.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“I survived the accident at the first corner. I had a very, very good battle with George Brewster. I passed him and he passed me back again. It was a very good race.”
 
George Wright (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am2:
“I managed to pick my way through at the first corner. It’s been another successful day for me and the whole weekend has been an awesome experience.”
 
Round 10 results:
Overall: 1 Jonas Gelzinis; 2 George Brewster; 3 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 George Brewster; 2 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 George Wright.

Race Two Results

Media release: 23rd June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                           
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 26:13.608  
2 Pro-Am1 George Brewster GBR Celtic Speed 26:26.182 12.574
3 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 26:26.641 13.033
4 Pro-Am2 George Wright GBR Redline Racing 27:17.701 1:04.093
5 Pro Michael Meadows  LTU Samsung Smart Motorsport 0:00.000 15 Laps
6 Pro Daniel Lloyd IRE Team Parker Racing 0:00.000 15 Laps
7 Pro Rory Butcher GBR
Celtic Speed 0:00.000 15 Laps
8 Pro James Birch ESP Samsung Smart Motorsport 0:00.000 15 Laps
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 0:00.000 15 Laps
10 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing DSQ DSQ

 

Fastest Lap

Pro - Jonas Gelzinis, Juta Racing 1:23.938

ProAm1 - Victor Jimenez, Redline Racing 1:24.605

ProAm2 - George Wright, Redline Racing 1:29.279