Rockingham

Rockingham next for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Media release: 6th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire is the spectacular setting for rounds 15 and 16 of the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB (14/15 September) and it is defending champion Michael Meadows who has re-taken the points’ lead as the season heads into the closing stages.
 
By his own admission, it has been an up and down season for Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) in the 450bhp 911 GT3 Cup cars, but after a perfect weekend last time out at Knockhill, he is back in the driving seat.
 
“At one stage in the championship I had a 23-point lead, then it went down to zero and now I’ve got it back,” said Meadows at the end of the Scottish weekend. His pace has never been in doubt, for Meadows has taken 12 pole positions for 14 races to date and won seven times, more than he did on his way to the 2012 title.
 
Yet a range of dramas and misfortunes, sometimes at the hands of others, had pushed him back into the reach of his main rival, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing). After Gelzinis took three wins on the trot, including a double victory at Snetterton, they went to Scotland level on points. But at Knockhill, Gelzinis had a tough weekend and was unable to match Meadows for pace. Two poles, two wins and two fastest laps was just the result that Meadows wanted.
 
Now comes the Rockingham race weekend and Meadows knows he has to keep scoring big points. “I need to keep pushing,” he said. “We’ve still got six races to go and Rockingham is going to be another big weekend. It’s about keeping calm when you are having those stressful weekends and I’ve had a couple recently. I was glad to come out of Knockhill with a couple of wins.”
 
Equally, talented Lithuanian racer Gelzinis knows that he needs to come back strongly at Rockingham and close the gap once more. But this is not just about the championship top two. Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) both claimed podium finishes in Scotland and have Carrera Cup race wins in their racing record. Meanwhile relative championship newcomer James Birch, the reigning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge champion, is showing increasingly strong form since joining Meadows in the Samsung squad mid-season.
 
Of course, the battle for overall victory in the Pro category is only part of the story. In Pro-Am1, the sporting rivalry between Redline Racing team mates Spaniard Victor Jimenez and Milton Keynes-based Dan De Zille is a real developing story of the season.
 
Across the first half of the year, Jimenez had the advantage as he drew on his experience from his 2012 Carrera Cup campaign. However, De Zille has tigered away and got quicker and quicker to win the second race at Snetterton and both races at Knockhill to complete a hat-trick. Jimenez still has a handsome points’ lead, but the battle for Pro-Am1 in Sunday’s pair of races will be another highlight.
 
After qualifying at 12.00 on Saturday (14 September), round 15 of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 10.00 on Sunday (15 September) with round 16 at 13.10, which will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Timetable

Friday 13th September

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps        
09:o0 - 10:45 Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
09:50 - 10:35 Free Practice Renault UK Clio Cup  
10:40 - 11:25 Free Practice
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
11:30 - 12:15 Free Practice Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  
12:20 - 13:05
Free Practice Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
13:05 - 13:55  Lunch Break
 
13:55 - 14:40 Free Practice Renault UK Clio Cup  
14:45 - 15:15
Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
15:20 - 16:05 Free Practice Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
16:10 - 16:55
Free Practice Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  
17:00 - 17:30
Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  

 

Saturday 14th September

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:15 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
09:25 - 10:05 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
 
10:20 - 10:40 Qualifying Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship
 
10:50 - 11:10 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup  
11:20 - 11:50 Qualifying Renault UK Clio Cup  
12:00 - 12:40 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch Break    
13:40
Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship   20 mins
14:15 - 14:45 Qualifying Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain  
14:55 - 15:10 Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship
 
15:20 - 15;50
Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
16:05
Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 7
15:40 Race Renault UK Clio Cup  10
17:20
Race Ginetta Junior Championship  6

 

Sunday 15th September

Time                  
Activity                                                      
Championship                                                             
Laps      
09:00
Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 24
09:40
Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  20 mins
10:10 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 32
11:00 Race Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup 15
11:33 BTCC Pit Lane Opens

12:45
 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 24
12:30
Race  Ginetta Junior Championship 12
13.00 - 13:30
BTCC Autograph Session    
13:05 - 14:05
Lunch Break

14:05
BTCC Pit Lane Opens


14:17 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 24
15:00 Race Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup 24
15:40 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship
 20 mins
16:15 Race
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
32
16:55  BTCC Pit Lane Opens

 17:07  Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  24

 

Meadows tops Carrera Cup GB test at Rockingham

Media release: 13th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows headed the times in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham during testing today (Friday 13 September) but by only a tiny margin from Dan Lloyd as drivers tackled the unique challenge of the partly-banked speedway circuit.
 
The track was still damp in places for the early test session as Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) set the pace, but the later session was fully dry despite a few spots of rain in the air. Once he went out on new tyres, Meadows was able to edge to the top of the times, but only by 0.083s from Lloyd (Team Parker Racing), who’s run on new tyres was interrupted by a fuel problem.
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) was a strong third, half a second adrift of Lloyd while Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing), the main title challenger to Meadows, was fourth fastest. However, Gelzinis elected not to use new tyres and is confident of finding more time in qualifying on Saturday.
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) headed the Pro-Am1 category with fifth fastest overall, but his chief rival and team mate Dan De Zille missed testing due to work commitments. De Zille will go straight into qualifying on Saturday. Rounding out the top six was James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport).
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“That’s not too bad. The track seems to be very low grip at the moment and it is difficult to judge where we are. Against last year’s times, a 20.4s is quite slow.”
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) third overall:
“That was a bit of a scrappy session. I didn’t quite hook a lap together and there is certainly more time to come.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) fourth overall:
“The tyres we used were from the Knockhill race. I think another second on new tyres is easy to find, so we are in good shape. I’m not sure if it will be wet for the races so we saved some tyres.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“I had no new tyres today and we ran on very old tyres. It was okay, and the track was very slippery this morning. There was more grip in the second session. I have a good feeling for tomorrow.”

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 13th September 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 50.588
-
2 Pro Rory Butcher
GBR Celtic Speed
50.994
0.406
3 Pro Dean Stoneman
GBR Redline Racing
51.067 0.479
4 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 51.444 0.856
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 51.515 0.927
6 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
GBR Celtic Speed 51.933 1.345
7 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 52.103 1.515
8 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 52.223 1.635
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 59.192 8.604

 

Free Practice Two Times

Media release: 13th September 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 51.023 -
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 51.083 0.060
3 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 51.126 0.103
4 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 51.396 0.373
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU
Juta Racing
51.599 0.576
6 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 51.611 0.588
7 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
GBR Celtic Speed 52.095 1.072
8 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 52.554 1.532
9 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille ESP Redline Racing No Time No Time

Lloyd takes double Carrera Cup GB pole at Rockingham

Media release: 14th Spetmber 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Dan Lloyd starred in Porsche Carrera Cup GB qualifying at Rockingham today (Saturday 14 September) when he swept to a double pole position ahead of rounds 15 and 16 at the Northamptonshire track.
 
Lloyd’s first pole positions in the championship came as the pace got very hot on a track that was fully dry by the time qualifying started. The Team Parker Racing driver led the charge through the 1m20s barrier to run very close to the fastest ever Carrera Cup times at Rockingham and fend off championship leader Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport). Right in contention for pole was Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) as less than a third of a second covered the top three. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) was next up in the Pro category, but will start behind Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) for the opening race.
 
In Pro-Am1, Jimenez headed the times for both races as his team mate Dan De Zille chased. Despite missing Friday’s test sessions due to work commitments, De Zille lapped within half a second of Jimenez by the end of the half-hour session.
 
Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) fastest overall:
“The pace was really quick and the car felt really good. I learnt a lot from the first run and I knew where the time was for the second run. It was nice to do three laps at that pace and have a bit of a margin. That’s my first Carrera Cup pole, which is good news.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) second overall:
“I was surprised the times were so quick. The first run was good but on the second run I just didn’t hook it up. Dan pulled out a couple of good laps. The points for pole would have been nice and that’s our first race weekend this season without a pole.”
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) third overall:
“I was P1 on the board mid-session and I was expecting a battle. Dan did a good job there. But grid position isn’t as critical here as at some tracks and it looks like it will rain tomorrow. My car was really good.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“I was very happy with the car today. I have more feeling with the car and the track. But for sure it will rain tomorrow and it will be a very different track.”
 
Round 15 grid:
Pro category: 1 Dan Lloyd 1m19.664s; 2 Michael Meadows 1m19.907s; 3 Rory Butcher 1m19.981s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 1m20.753s; 2 Dan De Zille 1m21.449s.
 
Round 16 grid:
Pro category: 1 Dan Lloyd 1m19.732s; 2 Michael Meadows 1m19.912s; 3 Rory Butcher 1m20.007s.  
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 1m21.085s; 2 Dan De Zille 1m21.517s.

Grid - Race One

Media release: 14th September 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:19.664
-
2 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:19.907 0.243
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:19.981 0.317
4 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:20.753 1.089
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 1:20.883 1.219
6 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:21.449 1.785
7 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:21.582 1.918

Butcher takes Carrera Cup GB thriller at Rockingham

Media release: 15th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Butcher wins Rockingham race one

Rory Butcher and Jonas Gelzinis were the big winners in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham today (Sunday 15 September) in a dramatic round 15. As championship leader Michael Meadows spun out, Butcher won the race and Gelzinis grabbed second to slash Meadows’ championship lead from 23 points to just five.

Although the track was dry at the start there was a threat of rain in the air and Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport), who dived ahead of poleman Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) at the first corner, was the driver who had to set the pace. On lap 12, Meadows was caught out at Gracelands and ran a wheel onto the kerb. With light rain falling, the kerb was getting more slippery each lap and Meadows spun across the track, hitting the barrier and ending his race.

That was great news for Butcher (Celtic Speed), who took over at the head of the race and drove superbly in increasingly tricky conditions to take victory. Lloyd, having lost second place to Gelzinis (Juta Racing), later slid off into the gravel at Gracelands as Gelzinis went after Butcher. However, knowing that championship leader Meadows was out, Gelzinis wanted to make sure of second in what was a vital race for his title bid.

The Pro-Am1 battle raged all race as Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) fought to get ahead of his fast-starting team mate Dan De Zille. After a tremendous battle, which also involved Pro racer James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport), Jimenez finally took victory in the challenging conditions.

Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) first overall:
“I’m delighted with the first win of the year. The team has done a great job. Michael got caught out by the kerbs and I was just trying to stay off the kerbs. It was getting really slippery and I actually hit the wall at Turn One half-way through the race. It was tough after the safety car as we lost tyre temperature. I just kept pushing.”

Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) second overall:
“It was getting very slippery. I saw Michael out of the race and Rory was taking risks, but I couldn’t take so many risks. It is a good result for the championship.”

Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) did not finish:
“I just lost it on the wet kerb: I used the kerb the lap before and it was okay. I was the guinea pig because I was leading. It was a good race until then.”

Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) Pro-Am1 winner:
“I lost out to Dan at the start and I pushed a lot after that. After the safety car it was very slippery and it was horrible.”

Note: After the race, the cars of Meadows and Birch were excluded due to a technical infringement.

Round 15 result:
Pro category: 1 Rory Butcher; 2 Jonas Gelzinis.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 Dan De Zille.

Race One Results

Media release: 25th August 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed
25:13.357
-
2 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 25:17.888
4.531
3 Pro Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 25.19.858
6.501
4 Pro  Dan De Zille  GBR  Redline Racing 25:21.962
8.605
5 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 25:22.094
8.737
6 Pro-Am1 Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 22:14.621
2 Laps
7 Pro-Am1  Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 12:24.688
8 Laps

 

Fastest Lap

Pro - Michael Meadows - 1:21.433

ProAm1 -Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) - 1:22.203

Grid - Race Two

Media release: 15th September 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 1:19.732 -
2 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:19.912 0.180
3 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 1:20.007
0.275
4 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 1:20.976
1.244
5 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez LTU Redline Racing 1:21.085
1.353
6 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 1:21.517
1.785
7 Pro James Birch ESP Samsung Smart Motorsport 1:21.895
2.164

Butcher takes Carrera Cup GB double at Rockingham

Media release: 15th September 2013

Source:Porsche Cars GB

Rory Butcher wins race two at RockinghamRory Butcher made it two wins in quick succession in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Rockingham today (Sunday 15 September) in another race of ever-changing fortunes. Butcher fended off a race-long challenge from Daniel Lloyd as Jonas Gelzinis completed the podium and Victor Jimenez won Pro-Am1. 

The track was wet as the field started on treaded tyres, but with no more rain falling the track dried out as the race developed. However, Butcher (Celtic Speed) drove a mighty race under constant pressure from Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) as they moved clear of Gelzinis (Juta Racing). The places never changed, but Lloyd maintained a relentless pressure on Butcher as they battled against tyres that struggled more and more in the changing conditions.
 
Gelzinis made sure of a safe third as he closed the championship points’ gap to Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) and it was a strange race for the championship leader. Meadows ran third initially, but was struggling with poor handling in a car that had been quickly repaired after accident damage in the first race. After a pit stop to change to change to slick tyres, Meadows claimed fourth to salvage a much reduced championship lead.
 
In Pro-Am1, Jimenez scored a topsy-turvy win over Redline Racing team mate Dan De Zille, but only after they both made pit stops to change tyres after an early clash. Jimenez lost a lot of time in the pits, but charged back to grab the lead on the last lap as De Zille struggled with handling dramas.
 
Butcher was confirmed as the ‘driver of the weekend’, while Celtic Speed won the ‘Drift team of the weekend’ award.
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) first overall:
“There was only one racing line out there as the track was drying out. Dan put a lot of pressure on me and I just had to place the car carefully. It was good fun racing against Dan and this is a great team effort.”
 
Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) second overall:
“Half way through the race the tyres really started to suffer. I had no grip left in the rear tyres and Rory’s tyres looked to be in a bit better shape than mine at the end. When Michael came through to un-lap himself, I thought he had won. It was a great race and fair play to Rory; he drove very well.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) third overall:
“I saw Meadows dropping a lot of time. The track was drying out and the tyres were going off. I could keep pace with the two leaders but I did not want to take so many risks.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fourth overall:
“We lost some points to Jonas this weekend, so it’s not been perfect like Knockhill. The aim for the second race was just to get the car on the track. But it wasn’t right, so I pitted for slicks to see if it would be any better.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“That was a crazy race and I had to make up a lot of ground after the pit stop. I lost a lot of time in the pits and then I had to push 100%.”
 
Round 16 result:
Pro category: 1 Rory Butcher; 2 Dan Lloyd; 3 Jonas Gelzinis.

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

Race Two Results

Media release: 15th September 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                           
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 27:38.012
 
2 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 27:43.234 5.222
3 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 27:43.956 5.944
4 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 28:01.571 23.599
5 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille  LTU Redline Racing 28:09.924 31.912
6 Pro-Am1 George Brewster IRE Celtic Speed
28:12.236 34.224
7 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez GBR
Redline Racing 28:13.631 35.619
8 Pro Rory Butcher ESP Celtic Speed 28:14.959 36.947
9 Pro Jonas Gelzinis
GBR Juta Racing 28:08.208 1 Lap

 

Fastest Lap

Pro -

ProAm1 -