Oulton Park

All to play for in Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park

Media release: 31st May 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

After six rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, 2013 is shaping up to be one of the most open and competitive of recent seasons as the action resumes at the fabulous Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire (8/9 June).
 
After a five-week spring break following rounds five and six at Thruxton, four drivers have emerged as the major contenders for the overall title in the mighty 450bhp 911 GT3 Cup cars.
 
Three drivers have taken wins across those six races, but as the championship moves north, it is the consistent Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) who holds a single-point lead over defending champion Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport). Meadows has had a mixed start to his season, with a couple of clashes denting his early points’ scoring. However resounding wins at Donington (twice) and Thruxton show why he remains the favourite for the title.
 
Gelzinis, however, has been strong everywhere and heads to Oulton Park on top. The Lithuanian racer relishes the challenge of Oulton and will be determined to add his name to the list of 2013 race winners.
 
The driver who dominated the opening weekend of the season at Brands Hatch was Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing), but after that rocket start to his Carrera Cup career Dean has had a couple of mixed weekends. He will want to start the middle section of the season with the sort of form that put him straight to the top of the points at Brands.
 
Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) scored a mighty victory at Thruxton to bounce back from two troubled weekends and has the pace to win again as he chips away at the points’ gap to the top three. Meanwhile, Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) is the fifth of the potential race winners and deserves a change in fortune after an up and down season to date.
 
In Pro-Am1, Spanish racer Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) has established a handy early lead but his team mate Dan De Zille in particular is chasing hard after switching to Pro-Am1 before round three at Donington Park. However, back on the grid for Oulton Park and sure to make a big impact on the category are Irish brothers Michael and Karl Leonard with Team Parker Racing. Both are potential Pro-Am1 winners and Karl in particular is recognised as a real ace at the Cheshire track. Giving Pro-Am1 its best entry of the season to date should be Keith Webster (Redline Racing) who returns after missing the opening races due to a broken arm.
 
In Pro-Am2, the battle will be between Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) and Will Goff (Goff Racing) as they both return to the championship after missing the Thruxton races.
 
After qualifying on Saturday (8 June) at 12.05, round seven of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 17.05. Round eight will start at 15.55 on Sunday (9 June) and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Timetable

Saturday 4th May

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:20 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup
 
09:30 - 09:50 Free Practice Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship
 
10:00 - 10:40 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
10:55 - 11:10 Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship  
11:20 - 11:50 Qualifying Renault UK Clio Cup  
12:00 - 12:30 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
12:40 - 13:20 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
13:20 - 14:20 Lunch Break    
14:20
Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  16
14:50 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins
15:25 Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
16:05
Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship  
16:35 Race Renault UK Clio Cup 12
17:05 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 16
17:45 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins

 

Sunday 5th May

Time                  
Activity                                                      
Championship                                                             
Laps      
09:45 - 10:20
Pit lane walkabout / Autograph Session

10:40 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 21
11:20 BTCC Pit Lane Opens

11:32 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
16
12:12 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 9
12:42 Race Renault UK Clio Cup 12
13:22 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup
16
14.00 BTCC Pit Lane Opens
   
14:12 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16
14:50 - 15:15
Lunch Break    
15:15 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins
15:50 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 21
16:30
  Race  Ginetta Junior Championship  9
17:05 BTCC Pit Lane Opens   
   
17:17 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16

 

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB test at Oulton Park

Media release: 7th June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows set a mighty Porsche Carrera Cup GB pace in testing today (Friday 7 June) at Oulton Park ahead of rounds seven and eight. Meadows ended the second session over three-quarters of a second clear of Dean Stoneman and Dan Lloyd.
 
Run in warm sunshine, the two test sessions at the three-dimensional Cheshire track showed that Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) is in fine form following the six-week break since rounds five and six at Thruxton. Meanwhile, Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) and Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) headed Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2.
 
The best times came in the final 15 minutes of the second 45-minute test as most of the leading drivers fitted a new set of tyres. But it was when Meadows posted a 1m22.979s best that the true benchmark was established. That put him 0.773s clear of Stoneman (Redline Racing) and Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) with an emphatic display.
 
Leonard was a fine fourth overall to head Pro-Am1, as Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) completed the top six and Smallwood headed Pro-Am2 with a strong overall showing. Championship leader Gelzinis had on off into the tyre wall at Druids in the first session and then concentrated on race set-up on old tyres in the later session. He ended the day very content with the car’s pace.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“I expected to be at the front, but not with a gap like that. I’d like to think there is a bit more to come and I think a 1m22.5s lap would be reasonable for pole in qualifying tomorrow. I want to try and find two or three tenths.”
 
Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) second overall:
“We tried a lot of stuff on the car and we’ve now got a set-up that I like. There is definitely more time to come in qualifying.”
 
Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) third overall:
“It was a bit frustrating because of Michael’s time. We can see places where we need to find a bit of time and so we just need to concentrate on those and do the best we can.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“To be honest I made a few mistakes and had a big moment at Old Hall on my best lap, so I’m a bit disappointed. But I’ve got to be pleased with P4 overall. There is a bit of time left to come.”
 
Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) second fastest in Pro-Am1:
“That’s the first day of dry running after a lot of testing since Thruxton. We probably left the old tyres on too long, but it is another step forward and I’m a lot more comfortable in the car.”

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 7th June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:24.033
-
2 Pro Rory Butcher
GBR Celtic Speed
1:24.242
0.209
3 Pro Dean Stoneman
GBR Redline Racing
1:24.354
0.321
4 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:24:532
0.499
5 Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard
IRE Team Parker Racing 1:24.623
0.590
6 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juto Racing 1:24.767 0.734
7 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:25.543 1.510
8 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:25.857 1.824
9 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:27.080 3.047
10 Pro-Am2 Pete Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 1:27.225 3.192

 

Free Practice Two Times

Media release: 7th June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:22.979
-
2 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Team Parker Racing 1:23.752
0.773
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Redline Racing 1:23.840 0.861
4 Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard GBR Redline Racing 1:24.098 1.119
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU
Juta Racing
1.24:488
1.509
6 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:24:763
1.784
7 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1.25:017
2.038
8 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:25.228 2.249
9 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1.26.324 3.345
10 Pro-Am2 Pete Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 1:26.483 3.504

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park

Media release: 8th June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows was the dominant force in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB during qualifying at Oulton Park today (Saturday 8 June) ahead of rounds seven and eight. Meadows claimed two pole positions in a session full of action, while Pro-Am1 poles were shared between Karl Leonard and Dan De Zille. 

Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) set the early pace but clipped the tyres at Knickerbrook on his fourth lap and damaged his steering. His session was over, but such was his initial pace that he still took fifth and third places on the two grids.
 
Meanwhile, Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) was building his speed and swept to the top of the times on his second tyre run, setting the fastest ever Carrera Cup lap at Oulton Park on his way to pole for both races. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) charged up to second place with a late push, while Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) posted second best time for round eight.
 
In Pro-Am1, the times were extremely close as Leonard (Team Parker Racing), De Zille (Redline Racing) and Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) were split by a fifth of a second for round seven. On the grid for round eight, De Zille edged ahead of Leonard. Meanwhile, Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) headed Pro-Am2 despite ending his session with a spin at Druids and a minor off into the tyre wall as he pushed ever harder.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) first and first:
“I had to back off on the lap that Stoneman hit the tyres and it took a while to get the best out of my tyres. It was inevitable that everyone else would close the gap, but two poles are what we came here for. I hope that is the hardest part done.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) second and fifth:
“I had a big moment at the start and touched the tyres. I had to watch the data very carefully to check I had not damaged the radiator, but I was very lucky. Then I had a slow puncture in a rear tyre. I had to wait for a lot of laps to finally do a good time and the tyres had already done five laps by then.”
 
Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) third and second:
“Michael is still a bit of time ahead, but we moved forward from yesterday and put it two good laps. It’s just a shame about Michael’s pace.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) first and second in Pro-Am1:
“That’s not too bad, but I’m disappointed not to be closer to the front of the overall times. I made little mistakes on my two best laps, but anything can happen in the races.”
 
Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) second and first in Pro-Am1:
“We made up some ground on Karl Leonard and I’m very pleased with how qualifying went. We’re making good progress.”

Grid - Race One

Media release: 8th June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1.22:788
-
2 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 1:23.026 0.238
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd LTU Team Parker Racing 1:23:248 0.460
4 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:23.312 0.524
5 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 1.23:313 0.525
6 Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard ESP Team Parker Racing 1.24:103 1.315
7 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:24:154 1.366
8 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez IRE
Redline Racing 1.24:295 1.507
9 Pro James Birch
IRE
Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:24.415 1.627
10 Pro-Am2 Peter Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 1.26:164 3.376

Meadows wins Carrera Cup GB round seven at Oulton Park

Media release: 8th June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows claimed an emphatic victory in round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park today (Saturday 8 June) as a determined Dan Lloyd and Dean Stoneman chased although Stoneman later received a time penalty and dropped to fifth. Meanwhile, Karl Leonard was a hugely impressive third overall to win Pro-Am1 and Peter Smallwood topped Pro-Am2. 

Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) got the start he wanted to head the field into old Hall as Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) slotted into second from the battling Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Stoneman (Redline Racing).
 
Stoneman took third on the road after contact sent Butcher into a spin, and the leading trio ran flat out to the flag with the gaps fluctuating but never growing large. Lloyd maintained a relentless chase of Meadows and the margin was only 0.8s at the flag as Stoneman stayed firmly in touch. However, Stoneman was later penalised for the incident with Butcher and dropped to fifth overall in the final results behind Leonard and Butcher.
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) suffered a front puncture and had to pit for a fresh wheel which dropped him to ninth at the flag and it was Leonard (Team Parker Racing) who swept to Pro-Am1 victory from what became a mighty third place overall. In his wake, Redline Racing team mates Dan De Zille and Victor Jimenez had a cracking contest for second in Pro-Am1, which was only resolved when De Zille hooked neutral at Cascades and dropped back behind the Spanish racer. Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) took Pro-Am2 spoils after a big effort from the team to get the car ready after an off in qualifying.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) first:
“We’ve been quick all weekend and you’ve got to capitalise on weekends like this. It was not as convincing as in qualifying, but we were never going to win it by a lot.”
 
Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) second:
“That was really good and I’m very happy with the result. It’s great for the second race tomorrow as it gives us confidence about our race pace.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“I could see the top three Pros for most of the race. I was so far ahead in Pro-Am1 that I didn’t want to push too hard. There was nothing in it when Rory Butcher was chasing me and my car was really good.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“It was a very good fight with Dan De Zille: 100% all the time. It was much better with the weather today; more like Spain!”

Race One Results

Media release: 8th June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 25:28.163 -
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 25:28.973 0.810
3 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 25:30.720 2.557
4 Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard IRE Team Parker Racing 25:46.210 18.047
5 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 25:48.938 20.775
6 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 25:56.250 28.087
7 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 26:04.495 36.332
8 Pro-Am2 Peter Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 26:25.403 57.240
9 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 25:51.364 1 Lap
DNF Pro James Birch
GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 3:52.545 17 Laps

 

Fastest Lap

Pro -Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) - 1:24.202

ProAm1 - Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) - 1:25.096

ProAm2 - Pete Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) - 1:27.326

Grid - Race Two

Media release: 7th June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:23.026 -
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd LTU Team Parker Racing 1:23.250 0.224
3 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 1:23.334 0.308
4 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:23.459 0.433
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 1:23.501 0.475
6 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:24.283 1.257
7 Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard IRE Team Parker Racing 1:24.297 1.271
8 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:24.407 1.381
9 Pro James Birch
GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:24.724 1.698
10 Pro-Am2 Peter Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 1:26.570 3.544

Meadows wins Carrera Cup GB round eight at Oulton Park

Media release: 8th June 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows made it a perfect weekend with victory in round eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park today (Sunday 9 June) as Dan Lloyd and Rory Butcher joined him on the podium. Karl Leonard and Pete Smallwood also completed weekend double wins in Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 respectively.
 
Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) got the start he wanted from pole position and grabbed a lead he would never lose. With a blistering opening lap, Meadows established a crucial margin as Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) headed the chase. Behind them, Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) battled mightily as Stoneman tigered ahead at Island. However, on the penultimate lap Stoneman locked a front wheel into Island and ran wide as Butcher dived back ahead.
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) ran home fifth as Leonard (Team Parker Racing) took Pro-Am1 victory in sixth place overall. In a re-run of their battle in round seven, Redline Racing team mates Dan De Zille and Victor Jimenez ran neck-and-neck for second in Pro-Am1 and this time De Zille was able to fend off the Spaniard for a fine second. Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) claimed Pro-Am2 spoils once more.
 
Meadows was awarded the ‘driver of the weekend’ award, while the Ghost HD ‘team of the weekend’ went to Team Parker Racing.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) first:
“Fantastic! That was really excellent and we’re certainly going in the right direction. The guys keep giving me a good car.”
 
Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) second:
“It’s been a great weekend. We didn’t have the pace to keep with Michael and he had a mega first lap. It was very hot inside the car!”
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) third:
“I got a really good start, but I knew that Dean Stoneman was on new tyres. Then I was just trying to find my rhythm. I saw him make a mistake at the hairpin and I got him back.”
 
Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“Two wins is a great result. I just made a few mistakes in the first couple of laps and that was when the gap came to the Pro drivers. But I was catching them at the end.”
 
Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“I kept Victor behind this time! It was always hard work, but the car felt a lot better. I could see Karl Leonard and was maintaining the gap. I made a mistake at Old Hall and that let Victor catch up again.”
 
Round 8 results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Dan Lloyd; 3 Rory Butcher.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Karl Leonard; 2 Dan De Zille; 3 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Peter Smallwood.

Race Two Results

Media release: 8th June 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                           
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 25:27.386
 
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 25:32.480 5.094
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 25:35.516 8.130
4 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 25:44.201 16.816
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis  LTU Juta Racing 25:46.518 19.132
6 Pro-Am1 Karl Leonard IRE Team Parker Racing 25:48.754 21.368
7 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR
Redline Racing 25:58.784 31.398
8 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 25:59.037 31.651
9 Pro James Birch
GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 26:17.007 49.621
10 Pro-Am2 Peter Smallwood GBR Parr Motorsport 26:26.495 59.109

 

Fastest Lap

Pro -Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) - 1:24.178

ProAm1 - Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) - 1:25.121

ProAm2 - Pete Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) - 1:26.935