Silverstone

Silverstone finale for GT3 Cup Challenge GB

Media release: 24th September 2013

The 2013 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB will wrap up at Silverstone (28/29 September) in front of a bumper BTCC crowd and live TV cameras. 

The sixth and final double-header weekend of the season will put the GT3 Cup Challenge contenders into action alongside the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a superb high-profile weekend on the Silverstone National circuit and another encouraging entry has been assembled.
 
Newly confirmed as overall champion after a stellar campaign is Justin Sherwood from Team Parker Racing, after taking nine wins and a third place in the first ten races. With all thoughts of championship points now out of his mind, the former F3 racer will try and make it 11 wins from 12 starts. “It would be nice to get two more wins at Silverstone and it’s a great chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the BTCC meeting,” said Sherwood.
 
However, there are at least two drivers with clear ambitions to take the top step of the podium on Sunday, including Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport). Despite only starting racing in April, Kyle-Henney has made tremendous progress and scored a breakthrough first win at Brands Hatch last Sunday after pressuring Sherwood into a mistake. This will be the first time racing at Silverstone for the Hampshireman, but he is more than capable of winning again.
 
The other driver with serious ambitions to win is Steven Liquorish, team mate to Sherwood at Team Parker Racing. Steven has finished second in every one of the ten races to date and the Oxford racer would love nothing more than taking victory at his home track: he is now assured the championship runner-up position.
 
Kyle-Henney heads to Silverstone with a narrow lead in the battle for third, but Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) and Guy Riall (Almara Racing) are firmly in contention. Fletcher has had a fine debut Porsche season and has shown excellent pace while Riall has belied his prior lack of racing experience to make strong progress and a debut podium last time out at Brands was a big result for the Harrogate racer.
 
Adding further strength to the grid are Rob Boughton (Parr Motorsport), Mark Cowne (Kruger Cowne Talent Management) and Bertie Carruthers (GT Marques) and all of them will be chasing the top five racers.

Sherwood and Henney lock out front row

Media release:28th September 2013

Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) dominated Saturday’s qualifying session, which was held in dry but slightly overcast conditions, setting an impressive pace that put him top of the timesheets by three-tenths of a second.
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) was Sherwood’s nearest challenger as he secured two second place starts on what was his first competitive outing at the Northamptonshire circuit. He was kept honest by the hard charging Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) who missed out on a place on the front row by just two-tenths of a second. He was forced to settle for two third positions.  
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) and Guy Riall (Almara Racing) claimed a fourth and a fifth position apiece which, for the former, was a case of damage limitation as he was forced to pull off the circuit early in the session with a gear linkage problem.
 
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) pole for rounds eleven and twelve
“I’m happy with that. Two great laps, 57.6, I think that’s as quick as I could go. I don’t know about the car, but it felt fantastic.”  
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) second for rounds eleven and twelve
“I’m very happy to be on the front row. We knew we didn’t have the pace of Justin, he’s in a bit of a class of his own round here. He’s done so much racing here in the past but through the weekend I’ve progressed my times and I found a bit more time in qualifying.”

Sherwood wins, Henney drives intelligent race to second

Media release: 29th September 2013

Newly-crowned champion Sherwood romped to victory in the opening race, winning convincingly. From pole, a good getaway allowed him to assume an immediate lead which he never relinquished. Such was his pace that he even battled with some of the Carrera Cup runners. At the flag Sherwood crossed the line for his tenth win of the season, beating his rivals by the convincing margin of 11.4s.
Kyle-Henney was second and initially shadowed Sherwood, but just five laps in he flat-spotted a tyre which severely hindered his pace. This meant he fell into the clutches of Fletcher who up until that point had run a secure third. However, despite the best efforts of the Oldham racer, he could not find a way through and was forced to settle for third position.
Guy Riall (Almara Racing) was fourth, Mark Cowne (Kruger Cowne Talent Management) took fifth and Bertie Carruthers (GT Marques) rounded out the top six. Meanwhile, there was disappointment for series runner-up Liquorish who was forced to retire with a driveshaft failure.
 
Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) winner of round 11
“I got a good start, then it was a matter of just avoiding any incidents and getting my head down and pulling away from Peter, which I managed to do. Then it was a bit of a lonely race after that. The car was great it has been great all year.”  
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) second in round 11
“It was fantastic. Away from the line was okay, Kelvin got a little bit of a better start than I did but I managed to edge him out and get into second. It wasn’t too difficult to stay with Justin for the first few laps then unfortunately around lap five I flat-spotted a tyre in a fairly major way; I knew I was in trouble from that point onwards. My race changed at that point, it became far more strategic. I had to brake softer for longer and tease the time out of the car the best I could and try to keep Kelvin behind. It was a race of two halves.”

Round 11 results:
1 Justin Sherwood; 2 Peter Kyle-Henney; 3 Kelvin Fletcher; 4 Guy Riall; 5 Mark Cowne; 6 Bertie Carruthers. Fastest lap: Sherwood 58.360s (101.19 mph)

Sherwood and Henney connect, Fletcher wins

Media release:29th September 2013

The final round of the championship was marked by Fletcher claiming his maiden victory in the series. However there was first-lap drama as the leading pair of Sherwood and Kyle-Henney made contact at Becketts and were both instantly eliminated.
This promoted the fast-starting Liquorish into the lead of the race but his hopes of a first victory of 2013 were soon dashed when he slowed with mechanical issues, which ultimately forced his retirement from the race.
Fletcher swept past the ailing Liquorish and, once in the lead, drove a controlled race to ease his way to a memorable first GT3 Cup Challenge win. Riall was a career best second but some way adrift of Fletcher after slowing his pace in the closing stages to ensure he secured the impressive result.
Cowne completed the podium with one of the best drives of his career to date, while Carruthers was the final runner to make the finish in what proved to be a race of attrition.
 
Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) first in round 12
“I am really delighted, I was screaming in the car when I won. It’s a great way to finish off the season.”
 
Guy Riall (Almara Racing) second in round 12
“I’m buzzing. If you want to finish first, first you have to finish and that’s what this is all about, you have to put that car where it’s supposed to be on the track but you have to finish the race. I kept it clean, I backed right off with ten laps to go: I just wanted to get it home. And you know second, I’m delighted. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season.”
 
Mark Cowne (Kruger Cowne Talent Management) third in round 12
“It’s absolutely incredible. To actually get a podium place in the last race of the year for me is amazing.”
 
Round 12 results:
1 Kelvin Fletcher; 2 Guy Riall; 3 Mark Cowne; 4 Bertie Carruthers. Fastest Lap: Steven Liquorish 59.539s (99.18 mph).