Silverstone

Silverstone next for Porsche Carrera Cup GB title race

Media release: 20th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Two drivers, four races and four points: those are the numbers for the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup GB title race as the series heads to Silverstone (28/29 September) for rounds 17 and 18 of the 20-race schedule.
 
By any measure, it has been a roller-coaster season for defending champion Michael Meadows, who joined the Samsung Smart Motorsport team for 2013. After round eight at Oulton Park, he led the championship by a handy 23 points, but two races later, after a disastrous weekend at Croft, his lead was down to six points.
 
It was then all level with Jonas Gelzinis after Snetterton, but Meadows rebuilt his lead to 23 points again at Knockhill only to suffer a nightmare time at Rockingham that has left him just four points ahead of Gelzinis as they head into the final four races.
 
The fact that Meadows has scored seven wins and 12 poles in 16 races shows that his speed is not in doubt. But he has sometimes suffered at the hands of others and the non-finish in the first Rockingham race came after a rare error on a damp track. Gelzinis, meanwhile, has been consistently strong for the Lithuanian-based Juta Racing and is right in contention for the title.
 
However, this is far from a two-way contest and double Rockingham winner Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) is now third in the points, while Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) and Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) are chasing hard. Stoneman will be back on the grid at Silverstone after serving a two-race ban at Rockingham and will be keen to regain the spectacular winning form he demonstrated earlier in the season.
 
There is a good chance that Spanish racer Victor Jimenez could be confirmed as Pro-Am1 champion after the Silverstone races as he needs to have a 45-point margin over team mate and rival Dan De Zille to be unbeatable in the final weekend of the season at Brands Hatch. Jimenez starts the weekend 60 points clear after a tremendous campaign to date, however the return to the Pro-Am1 entry of Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) adds another dimension to the category contest. Adding further to the Pro-Am1 entry will be championship debutant Steven Brewster, who will race the Celtic Speed car regularly raced by his father George.
 
Meanwhile, Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) is back to head the Pro-Am2 entry on what was his home track until a recent move to Canada for the previously Towcester-based racer.
 
After qualifying at 14.05 on Saturday (28 September), round 17 of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 10.20 on Sunday (29 September) with round 18 at 15.15, which will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Timetable

Friday 27th 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 28th 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 29th 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 Silverstone

Media release: 27th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows got the weekend off to the start he wanted when he headed the testing times in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Friday 27 September).
 
Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) headed the top five drivers who all lapped inside the existing lap record of 56.8s. The championship leader set the mark at 56.132s in the afternoon session as warm autumn sunshine settled over Silverstone. However, Meadows’ main title rival Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) was close behind and set second best time only a fifth of a second slower.
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) was a strong third fastest from Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) as Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) completed the top five. Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) set the Pro-Am1 pace from series newcomer Steven Brewster (Celtic Speed) who showed fine pace despite a spin into the gravel in the afternoon session.  Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) ran close to the Pro-Am1 pace as he headed Pro-Am2.
 
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“At least we know we’re fast. We found a lot of time on the new tyres and it is quite close between the rest. If I can do a similar job tomorrow that will be two more championship points.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) second overall:
“That’s OK. But I had a vibration from the start on the new tyres but I decided to go for a time anyway. I’m close to Meadows and that is the most important thing.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“I’m happy with today, but I did not run with any new tyres. In fact, they were very old. I don’t know how it will be tomorrow with new tyres as I don’t have a point of reference.”
 
Steven Brewster (Celtic Speed) second fastest in Pro-Am1:
“I was trying hard and then I tried too hard and had a spin into the gravel. There are still a few things to look at but I’m happy enough. I can look at the data with Rory Butcher and learn some more.”

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 27th 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: 27th 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

Meadows takes double Carrera Cup GB pole at Silverstone

Media release: 28th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows was in control during qualifying for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Saturday 28 September), taking pole position for both races to increase his championship lead to six points.
 
While Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) set a fierce pace, dipping to a best of 56.268s on his second set of tyres, Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) was the major rival to the championship leader but will drop to seventh on the grid for the opening race due to a grid penalty incurred at Knockhill. However, he retains second on the grid for round 18.
 
Stoneman’s penalty will elevate Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) to second for the opening race from Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing), while they will switch places for round 18 when Gelzinis will start third and Lloyd fourth. Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) was next up before the leading Pro-Am1 racers as Victor Jimenez and Dan De Zille from Redline Racing each took a category pole. Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) headed Pro-Am2 on his return to the championship.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) fastest overall:
“Two poles and another two points is good for the championship. I thought it was better to go out again and do a better lap time than not use the second set of tyres. It’s now a two-weekend shoot-out for the title and Jonas is up there as well. I’m sure we’ll get two good results for the championship and I want to leave here with a bigger gap in the points.”
 
Daniel Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) second and fourth:
“That was okay. We were struggling yesterday and we struggled again on the first set of tyres, so we had to pull it out with the second set. We worked really hard on the car overnight, but Michael has got some very good pace.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) fourth and third:
“The car is consistent but not quick enough. I need to find a bit more pace for the races tomorrow.”
 
Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) second and first in Pro-Am1:
“I missed testing yesterday, but I’d done so much round here that it was okay. Victor just pipped me on the grid for the first race, but I got the Pro-Am1 pole for the second race.”
 
Round 17 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 56.268s; 2 Dan Lloyd 56.560s; 3 Jonas Gelzinis 56.574s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez 56.976s; 2 Dan De Zille 57.040s; 3 Steven Brewster 57.592s.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Peter Smallwood 58.134s.
 
Round 18 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 56.433s; 2 Dean Stoneman 56.545s; 3 Jonas Gelzinis 56.575s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Dan De Zille 57.140s; 2 Victor Jimenez 57.245s; 3 Steven Brewster 57.782s.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Peter Smallwood 58.150s.

Grid - Race One

Media release: 28th September 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 50.445
-
2 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 50.573 0.128
3 Pro Dean Stoneman LTU Redline Racing 50.704 0.259
4 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 50.756 0.311
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis GBR Juta Racing 50.768 0.323
6 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Team Parker Racing 51.378 0.933
7 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 51.493 1.048
8 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille IRE
Redline Racing 51.839 1.394
9 Pro-Am1 George Brewster
IRE
Celtic Speed 52.135 1.690

Meadows takes Carrera Cup GB round 17 at Silverstone

Media release: 29th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows took an important victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone in an excellent round 17 today (Sunday 29 September) as battles raged in his wake.
 
While Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) worked ahead of early leader Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing), there was a mighty battle for third place as Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing), Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) fought tooth and nail.
 
Up front, Meadows was able to steadily build his lead and score an emphatic victory to extend his points’ lead with three races still to run. However, behind the leader, the result was far from settled. Butcher finally battled ahead of Stoneman after an absorbing contest and then set about hunting down Lloyd. Into the final corner, Butcher got half a gap on the inside of Lloyd and they ran side-by-side to the line with Lloyd hanging on by two-hundredths of a second.
 
Stoneman slipped back a little in fourth after a gritty challenge while Gelzinis took fifth as Pro-Am1 winner Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) chased him to the line. Victor Jimenez dropped back to take second in Pro-Am1 for Redline Racing after being slowed by a gearbox problem. Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) won Pro-Am2 after a spin following contact with one of the GT3 Cup Challenge cars.
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) first overall:
“That feels good: it’s a really good result. The pace at the start wasn’t that great but the car was fantastic just when I needed it. I’m really happy with another win and good championship points.”
 
Dan Lloyd (Team Parker Racing) second overall:
“Michael had the edge, but I did what I could. He got a run on me out of Becketts and down to Brooklands. On the last lap, Rory got up the inside into Luffield and it was so hard to hold him off on the race to the line.”
 
Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) third overall:
“I made a stupid mistake on lap one and lost a place to Dean. He did a good job of defending and I should have got back past Dean sooner. Then I almost got Dan on the line but he did a good job of holding me off.”
 
Dan De Zille (Redline Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“I got another good start and then Dean Stoneman went round the outside of me at Copse on the first lap. Then I just got my head down: it was good to be attacking rather than defending.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“I had back luck with a gearbox problem and only had fourth and fifth gears. The most important thing was to finish and get more points for the championship.”
 
Round 17 result:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Daniel Lloyd; 3 Rory Butcher.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Dan De Zille; 2 Victor Jimenez; 3 Steven Brewster.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Peter Smallwood.

Race One Results

Media release: 25th August 2013

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 29:10.314
-
2 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Team Parker Racing 29:14.295
3.981
3 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Redline Racing 29.18.191
7.877
4 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Team Parker Racing 29:21.330
11.016
5 Pro James Birch GBR Juta Racing 29:46.013
35.699
6 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 29:55.641
45.327
7 Pro-Am1 George Brewster GBR Redline Racing 29:11.530
1 Lap
8 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 29:24.999
1 Lap
9 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Celtic Speed 59.230
31 Laps

 

Fastest Lap

Pro - Michael Meadows - 50.889

ProAm1 - George Brewster - 52.102

Grid - Race Two

Media release: 29th September

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                       
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 50.557 -
2 Pro Rory Butcher GBR Celtic Speed 50.722 0.165
3 Pro Dean Stoneman GBR Redline Racing 50.722 0.000
4 Pro Daniel Lloyd GBR Team Parker Racing 50.842 0.120
5 Pro Jonas Gelzinis LTU Juta Racing 50.876 0.034
6 Pro James Birch GBR Samsung Smart Motorsport 51.520 0.644
7 Pro-Am1 Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 51.568 0.048
8 Pro-Am1 Dan De Zille GBR Redline Racing 52.068 0.500
9 Pro-Am1 George Brewster GBR Celtic Speed 52.205 0.137

Stoneman wins Carrera Cup GB round 18 at Silverstone

Media release: 29th September 2013

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Dean Stoneman was the star of round 18 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Silverstone today (Sunday 29 September) with a commanding lights to flag victory. Meanwhile, Victor Jimenez secured the Pro-Am1 title after a fine campaign.
 
Stoneman (Redline Racing) got a great start to leap ahead of poleman Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) and settled into a lead that he would never lose. Though Meadows closed right up mid-race, he had the overall title race uppermost in his mind and was not going to take any big risks in trying to get past Stoneman.
 
While Meadows shadowed Stoneman, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) were always well in contention and only just over two seconds covered the top four after 28 laps.
 
Jimenez (Redline Racing) found his Pro-Am1 task made easier when rival and team mate Dan De Zille failed to start after a driveshaft breakage on the parade lap. Jimenez then raced hard with Pro driver James Birch (Samsung Smart Motorsport) on his way to Pro-Am1 victory from Steven Brewster (Celtic Speed). Peter Smallwood (Parr Motorsport) again took the Pro-Am2 victory.
 
 
Dean Stoneman (Redline Racing) first overall:
“I’m pleased to come here and do a good job. I’ve cracked the start in these cars and I knew Michael wasn’t going to take any risks. The car was good and I had strong pace all the way through.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung Smart Motorsport) second overall:
“Dean’s had good starts this season and I knew if he got me off the line it would be difficult. I didn’t want to pressure him too much and back us up into the pack. Dean’s not my concern in terms of the championship.”
 
Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) third overall:
“Everyone was driving at the same pace and it was difficult to find even one tenth of a second. But I could see Butcher getting closer and closer in the mirrors.”
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) Pro-Am1 winner:
“It is fantastic to win Pro-Am1! I was pushing 100 per cent and it was very nice to race with James Birch.”
 
Steven Brewster (Celtic Speed) second in Pro-Am1:
“I had a good battle with Peter Smallwood. I did enjoy the weekend and I learnt a lot. I’d love to come back and do some more.”
 
Round 18 result:
Pro category: 1 Dean Stoneman; 2 Michael Meadows; 3 Jonas Gelzinis.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 Steven Brewster.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Peter Smallwood.

Race Two Results

Media release: 29th 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 -Michael Meadows - 51.207

ProAm1 - Victor Jimenez - 51.762