Rockingham

GT3 Cup Challenge GB heads to Rockingham

Media release: 6th August 2013

Sherwood at CroftThe Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge GB switches focus to the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire this weekend (10/11 August) for the fourth of six double-header meetings for the fabulous 420bhp racing Porsches as used in the Carrera Cup GB up to 2009.  

To date it has been a perfect season for Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) who has been unbeaten across the first six races to take a 16-point championship lead. Sherwood has not put a wheel wrong so far and will now head to Rockingham aiming to extend that mighty sequence to eight races. With drivers counting the scores from their best five of the six race weekends, Sherwood has a handy cushion but he would love to finish the season with a perfect 12 victories.
 
The man most likely to upset Sherwood’s plans is his team mate Steven Liquorish, one of the most experienced Porsche racers in the championship. The Oxford racer has finished second to Sherwood in all six races to date and would love nothing more than to see the chequered flag before his team mate. Liquorish has taken three pole positions to date, so his pace is clearly very strong.
 
Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher has made a big jump up the racing ladder this season to join the GT3 Cup Challenge and showed excellent pace last time out at Croft when he scored a brace of podium finishes to record his best weekend of the season to date. Fletcher races with Redline Racing, one of the leading teams in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
 
Racing newcomer Peter Kyle-Henney has been the revelation of the opening three race weekends, taking three podiums for Parr Motorsport. Having previously taken part in track days and speed events, Kyle-Henney has raced superbly despite his lack of prior racing experience, although he will head to Rockingham seeking to make up for a mixed weekend at Croft.
 
Back for a second season in the GT3 Cup Challenge is Yorkshireman Guy Riall (Almara Racing), and he showed ever-improving pace last time out at his home track of Croft.
 
Qualifying at Rockingham starts at 13.00 on Saturday, with the 25-minute races scheduled for 16.55 on Saturday and 14.20 on Sunday. The action can be followed on the new Porsche Cars GB ‘Trackside’ motorsport web platform at www.porscheracinggb.porsche.com

Sherwood and Liquorish duke it out for fastest honours

Media release: 10th August 2013

A tremendous duel for pole position took place between Team Parker Racing team mates Sherwood and Liquorish as they exchanged fastest times during qualifying. At one point just 0.011 seconds separated the pair, however a late surge from Liquorish clinched the fastest time of the session by a tenth and a half with less than two minutes remaining.
The positions would be reversed for the second race after Sherwood set the best second fastest time of the session to pip Liquorish by just over a tenth of a second. Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) qualified third for both races, lapping within a second of pole position on his two best laps. Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) was fourth fastest with Guy Riall (Almara Racing) rounding off the top five.
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) pole for round seven
“I came into the pits and was told that it was pretty close between myself and Justin and thought ‘right, new set of tyres and five minutes to go’. I did a couple of out laps and then tried and really focus on that one lap. I’m pleased with at least one pole.”
 
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) pole for round eight
“Steve was just that little bit quicker, we were close at yesterday’s test day and this qualifying session so to share the poles is probably fair. He does seem to get the best out of the new tyres.”

Sherwood takes first blood at the Rock as Henney takes third

Media release: 10th August 2013

The cars lined up for the first race of the weekend under cloudy skies on Saturday afternoon. As the lights went out Liquorish made a decent start from pole but it was Sherwood who made the better getaway to pull alongside his team mate on the run towards Deene Hairpin. As the pair reached the braking point Liquorish held the lead courtesy of having the inside line, with Sherwood forced to yield and slot into second position. Behind, Fletcher made a good start to move ahead of Kyle-Henney into third.
Initially the pack ran closely together as the top four looked fairly evenly matched for pace. However, on lap four, Sherwood seized the initiative and moved into the lead with a good overtake on Liquorish at Chapman Curve.
Sherwood immediately pulled clear to be two seconds ahead of Liquorish by the end of lap five. This proved decisive as Liquorish was never able to close the gap and they remained first and second until the flag, separated by 2.4s.
Behind the front two, a thrilling battle raged for third between Kyle-Henney and Fletcher. Having dropped to fourth from the start Kyle-Henney fought his way back into third with a textbook move under braking at Yentwood and then edged clear, setting the fastest lap in the process. However, Fletcher was undeterred and soon closed back up, severely pressurising Kyle-Henney. However, Fletcher was unable to find a way through and had to settle for fourth, missing out on a place on the podium by just three tenths of a second as Riall completed the top five.
 
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) winner:
“I think I was a bit quicker into the hairpin off the oval and Steve was having to defend. I got a good run out and then through turn three I got a run up the inside and then got him into turn four and then I think that delayed him a little bit because Kelvin was right there as well. I managed to open a gap over that lap and then controlled it from there. I really enjoyed the race with Kelvin, Peter and Steve: we were all together at the start and it was a fantastic race.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) second:
“I got a much better start this race but just perhaps didn’t get my head down early enough and get those laps in. I got a couple and then I still had a mirror full of cars and Justin made a good overtake up the inside and then managed the gap well.”
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) third:
“I could see where Kelvin was slower around the circuit. He could obviously see where I was slower so it was just a question of picking a moment and just sussing the best place to try and do a move. I could see in my mirrors that he was doing the same on me once I’d taken him so it was nip and tuck, there was virtually nothing between us.”
 
Round seven results:
1 Justin Sherwood; 2 Steven Liquorish; 3 Peter Kyle-Henney; 4 Kelvin Fletcher; 5 Guy Riall. Fastest lap: Peter Kyle-Henney 1m23.855s (83.28mph)

Double win for Sherwood

Media release: 11th August 2013

Sherwood completed his double victory with a lights-to-flag win in the second race of the weekend. Liquorish, however, was a constant shadow and chased relentlessly after his team mate but ultimately could do nothing to prevent Sherwood securing win number eight of the season.

Sherwood takes double at Rockingham

A good start from Sherwood allowed him to eke out a small advantage over Liquorish in the early laps which ultimately proved enough of a cushion for the remainder of the race for him to secure the victory. Liquorish refused to give up and kept Sherwood in his sights for the whole of the race. At the chequered flag they were separated by just 1.6 seconds.
Fletcher took his first podium finish of the weekend after making a much better start than Kyle-Henney who momentarily dropped behind Riall after a poor getaway. While Kyle-Henney and Riall scrapped over fourth place on the opening lap, Fletcher built a comfortable advantage over the pair which meant his place on the podium never looked under threat, even when a spin for Riall on the second lap released Kyle-Henney.
 
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) winner:
“I got a good start but Steve was always there or thereabouts. I managed to pull a gap over the first lap then managed the pace through the race. I think I pushed the front tyres a bit too much at the beginning of the race and I was struggling a bit towards the end, which allowed Steve to catch up. But it was good and eight wins out of eight, I couldn’t ask for any more.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) second:
“I think I was a bit more consistent which is what I’ve been aiming to do really, try and knock those bad laps out of it which is where Justin has made four or five second gaps earlier in the year. The focus for me is to try not to let him get away at the start. Hopefully I can nick a win off him before the year ends.”
 
Round eight results:
1 Justin Sherwood; 2 Steven Liquorish; 3 Kelvin Fletcher; 4 Peter Kyle-Henney; 5 Guy Riall. Fastest lap: Sherwood 1m23.230s (83.91mph)