Thruxton 2014

Thruxton date for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Media release: 29th April 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Thruxton, one of the tracks that can always throw up drama and surprise, is the location for rounds five and six of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB (3/4 May) and the high-speed Hampshire track has regularly delivered some of the championship’s most exciting racing.
 
Even when the track conditions are consistent, Thruxton is a daunting place in the latest Type 991 911 GT3 Cup, with the 460hp cars topping 150mph on the rush up Woodham Hill. Add in the issue of tyre management, which is always a big factor at Thruxton, and the stage is set for two compelling races heading into the championship’s spring break. After the Thruxton weekend, the Carrera Cup action resumes with a sensational date on the morning of the Le Mans 24-hour when it runs alongside the Carrera Cup France as the key support race to the famous 24-hour marathon in mid-June.
 
However, even the high speed sweeps of Thruxton will be hard pressed to top the most recent race at Donington Park for drama. While championship leader Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) recovered from a first corner spin, young Josh Webster (Redline Racing) made an inspired call as the rain arrived mid-race. He dived into the pits for treaded tyres and duly romped to victory on an increasingly wet track.
 
For 20-year old Josh, the 2014/15 Carrera Cup GB Scholarship driver, this was a first victory and marked the earliest victory in the season for any of the Scholarship winners. Meadows, the reigning champion, remains the ultimate benchmark after two maximum scores at Brands Hatch and a win in the opening race at Donington, but has only an eight-point lead over Webster after the first four races.
 
Fastest of all in testing at Thruxton earlier in April was Spanish ace Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and he currently lies third in the points ahead of series newcomer Paul Rees (In2 Racing). Paul is getting quicker and quicker as he builds experience of the car and took an important first podium finish at Donington. Ranged against the established Pro racers will be former single-seater racer Oscar King, who handles the guest car from Parr Motorsport.
 
With Pro-Am1 points leader Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) missing Thruxton due to business commitments, Pro-Am1 is set to be headed by his team mate Justin Sherwood, who will face the challenge of Salisbury racer Graeme Mundy (In2 Racing).
 
Perhaps the most open of the three categories this season is Pro-Am2, with three winners from four races to date. Six points ahead starting the weekend is Oxfordshire’s Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) and he is the only one of the trio of Pro-Am2 racers with previous race experience at Thruxton.
 
However, both Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and actor Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) have shown themselves to be fast learners and both ran strongly in testing. With Will Goff (In2 Racing) electing to miss the weekend, Liquorish and Kyle-Henney in particular will be eager to build their points’ lead over the defending Pro-Am2 champion.
 
After qualifying on Saturday (3 May) at 12.00, round five of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 11.20 on Sunday (4 May) with round six at 16.25. Round six will be broadcast live on ITV4. Live circuit commentary throughout the weekend is available at www.btcc.net and live timing can be found at www.tsl-timing.com

Timetable

Saturday 3rd May

Time                   
Activity                                                    
Championship                                                                  
Laps       
09:00 - 09:20 Qualifying Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  
09:30 - 09:50 Qualifying Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup  
10:20 - 10:40 Free Practice Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship  
10:55 - 11:10 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
11:20 - 11:50 Qualifying Courier Connect 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 - 14:15
Lunch Break
 
14:20 - 14:35
Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship
14:45 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship  20 mins
15:20
Race Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup 11
15:55 - 16:25
Qualifying Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship
16:35 Race Ginetta Junior Championship  9
17:05 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins
17:45
Race Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup  16

 

Sunday 4th May

Time                  
Activity                                                      
Championship                                                             
Laps      
09:45 - 10:20
Pit Lane Walkabout / BTCC Autograph Session

10:40 Race Courier Connect Renault UK Clio Cup 12
11:20 Race Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain 21
12:00 BTCC Pit Lane Opens    
12:12 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16
12:52 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 9
13:22
Race Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup 16
14:00 - 14:20
Lunch Break

14:20
BTCC Pit Lane Opens

14:32
Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16
15:15 Race Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship 20 mins
15:50 Race Courier Connect Renault UK Clio Cup 12
16:25 Race
Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
21
17:05 BTCC Pit Lane Opens

17:17 Race Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship 16

 

Jimenez heads Carrera Cup testing at Thruxton

Media release: 9th April 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Spanish racer Victor Jimenez achieved a personal milestone at Thruxton today (Wednesday 9 April) when he ended the day fastest after testing for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. As teams and drivers prepared for the Thruxton race weekend (3/4 May), Jimenez was elated to top the times at the dauntingly fast Hampshire track and stand at the top of Carrera Cup time sheets for the first time.
 
Into second fastest went Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing), after his late run on new tyres was thwarted by a red flag. Third fastest was championship newcomer Oscar King (Parr Motorsport), who made a promising debut but unfortunately ended the day by making contact with Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing). With Liquorish spinning off, the session was halted with a few minutes left to run.
 
Paul Rees (In2 Racing) ran a strong fourth ahead of Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Josh Webster, while Pro-Am1 pacesetter Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) wrapped up the top six overall. Just outside the top six was former Porsche champion Mark Cole who spent the day running in a new car with the GT Marques team. Despite running on old tyres Cole showed good pace despite having raced only once in more than five years.
 
In Pro-Am2, Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) adapted superbly to a track he had never seen before and ended the day fastest from Liquorish and fellow Thruxton newcomer Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport).
 
 
Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) fastest overall:
“It’s OK, but I don’t believe it! Maybe Michael has more to come but it is good for me to be P1 overall for the first time.”
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) second overall:
“I had traffic and then the red flag on my new tyres. We were quick on old tyres and should be quick on new tyres. I’m a bit disappointed, but I think we are OK on pace.”
 
Oscar King (Parr Motorsport) third overall:
“I’m so happy with how the day went until the last five minutes. The Carrera Cup is where I want to be and I’ve loved being in the car.”
 
Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) fastest in Pro-Am2:
“I’d never seen the track until the start of the first session and there are still areas where I can improve. Here it is just about confidence and I can’t get over how fast it is. But it was great: very hard and very enjoyable.”

Free Practice One Times

Media release: 9th April 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Guest Oscar King
GBR Parr Motorsport 1:15.739 -
2 Pro Michael Meadows
GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 1:15.871 0.132
3 Pro Josh Webster
GBR Redline Racing 1:16.942 1.203
4 Pro Mark Cole
GBR Welch Motorsport 1:16.982 1.243
5 Pro Victor Jimenez
ESP Redline Racing 1:17.482 1.743
6 Pro Paul Rees
GBR In2 Racing 1:17.910 2.171
7 ProAm2 Steven Liquorish GBR Team Parker Racing 1:18.316 2.577
8 ProAm1 Graeme Mundy
GBR In2 Racing 1:18.962 3.223
9 ProAm1 Justin Sherwood GBR Team Parker Racing 1:19.164 3.425
10 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney
GBR Parr Motorsport 1:20.740 5.001
11 ProAm2 Kelvin Fletcher
GBR Redline Racing 1:23.802 8.063

 

Free Practice Two Times

Media release: 9th April 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:14.099 -
2 Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 1:14.214 0.115
3 Guest Oscar King GBR Parr Motorsport 1:14.570 0.471
4 Pro Paul Rees GBR In2 Racing 1:14.971 0.872
5 Pro Josh Webster GBR Redline Racing 1:14.975 0.876
6 ProAm1 Justin Sherwood
GBR Team Parker Racing 1:15.717 1.618
7 Pro Mark Cole GBR Welch Motorsport
1:15.993 1.894
8 ProAm2 Kelvin Fletcher GBR Redline Racing 1:17.638 3.539
9 ProAm1 Graeme Mundy GBR In2 Racing 1:17.756 3.657
10 ProAm2 Steven Liquorish GBR Team Parker Racing 1:18.304 4.205
11 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney GBR Parr Motorsport 1:19.285 5.186

Meadows takes double Carrera Cup GB pole at Thruxton

Media release: 3rd May 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows claimed a double pole position in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB during qualifying at Thruxton today (Saturday 3 May) with an impressive performance on the high-speed Hampshire track.
 
However, Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) was pushed hard by Carrera Cup Scholarship driver Josh Webster (Redline Racing), while series returnee Mark Cole (Welch Motorsport) headed Pro-Am1 and Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) topped Pro-Am2.
 
The session was red-flagged early on after Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) spun into the barriers at Goodwood. Justin was unharmed, but the car was heavily damaged and will not be ready for Sunday’s races.
 
Once into his stride, Meadows set the pace but was conscious of the need to save his tyres for race day by running as few laps as possible. It was a case of mission accomplished as he took pole for both races in the space of just eight laps. But Meadows certainly did not dominate the session, as Webster was little more than a tenth of a second slower for both grids after another impressive run. Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) completed the top three.
 
Cole, in the car tended by GT Marques, was an excellent fourth for both races to top the Pro-Am1 category. Once again, the Pro-Am2 category was very hotly contested with Liquorish, Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) and Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) all heading the times at some point, before qualifying in that order covered by four-tenths of a second.
 
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) fastest overall:
“I was trying to preserve the tyres as much as possible for the races, and I was using the momentum through the corners. I needed to push on two laps on each set of tyres and that’s what I did. It all felt good.”
 
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall:
“I’m really happy with that. I’m still working on getting in the car and doing the lap times straightaway. To be a tenth of Michael on both grids is really good.”
 
Mark Cole (Welch Motorsport) fastest in Pro-Am1:
“That was okay. I lost the time on braking into the chicane: I was braking too early and that’s just down to a lack of time in the car. But the preparation from GT Marques was spot on.”
 
Graeme Mundy (In2 Racing) second in Pro-Am1:
“That’s a lot better: we’re going in the right direction with the set-up. We changed the car a lot after Donington and it’s much better. I feel that there’s a bit more time in both me and the car.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) fastest in Pro-Am2:
“It’s so quick round the back here and watching Justin Sherwood go off at Goodwood didn’t do anything for my confidence. I had a problem with the timer display and ended up doing more laps and took a lot out of the tyres.”
 
Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) second in Pro-Am2:
“I’m quite pleased with that, but it could have been better. I was half a second on what would have been my best lap, but just carried too much speed into the chicane.”
 
Round 5 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 1m13.505s; 2 Josh Webster 1m13.654s; 3 Victor Jimenez 1m14.095s.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Mark Cole 1m14.180s; 2 Graeme Mundy 1m16.017s; 3 Justin Sherwood 1m17.970s.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Steven Liquorish 1m15.967s; 2 Kelvin Fletcher 1m16.367s; 3 Peter Kyle-Henney 1m16.385s.
 
Round 6 grid:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows 1m13.937s; 2 Josh Webster 1m14.056s; 3 Victor Jimenez 1m14.426s. Pro-Am1 category: 1 Mark Cole 1m14.430s; 2 Graeme Mundy 1m16.507s; 3 Justin Sherwood 1m22.707s.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Steven Liquorish 1m16.591s; 2 Kelvin Fletcher 1m16.678s; 3 Peter Kyle-Henney 1m17.432s.

Grid - Race One

Media release: 3rd May 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 1:13.505 -
2 Pro Josh Webster GBR Redline Racing 1:13.654 0.149
3 Pro Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1;14.095 0.590
4 Pro Mark Cole GBR Welch Motorsport 1:14.180 0.675
5 Guest Oscar King GBR Parr Motorsport 1:14.454 0.946
6 Pro Paul Rees GBR In2 Racing 1:14.481 0.976
7 ProAm2 Steven Liquorish GBR Team Parker Racing 1:15.967 2.462
8 ProAm1 Graeme Mundy GBR In2 Racing 1:16.017 2.512
9 ProAm2 Kelvin Fletcher GBR Redline Racing 1:16.367 2.862
10 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney GBR Parr Motorsport 1:16.385 2.880
11 ProAm1 Justin Sherwood GBR Team Parker Racing 1:17.970 4.465

Meadows wins Carrera Cup GB round five

Media release: 4th May 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows scored a resounding victory in round five of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton this morning (Sunday 4 May) as Josh Webster led the chase. While Graeme Mundy won Pro-Am1, a fantastic battle for Pro-Am2 victory finally fell to Peter Kyle-Henney.
 
Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) jumped ahead at the start, but had to defend initially from Carrera Cup Scholar Webster (Redline Racing) as they edged clear of the pack. Until mid-distance, there was little to split the two leaders but Meadows was later able to ease clear as tyre wear came into play.
 
Guest racer Oscar King (Parr Motorsport) fought back from a poor start to battle through to third ahead of Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) and Paul Rees (In2 Racing) after some fine racing. Jimenez came back at King over the closing laps and was just a tenth of a second down at the flag.
 
While Graeme Mundy (In2 Racing) headed Pro-Am1, there was a wonderful contest in Pro-Am2 as Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) led Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing). It was nip and tuck all race as Fletcher battled into second but then had a moment into the Complex and spun. Kyle-Henney took up the fight with Liquorish and dived ahead into Allard when Liquorish was marginally slow out of the chicane.
 
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) first overall:
“I got a decent start and had to defend into the Complex from Josh. We had similar pace early on but I had better pace over the second half of the race. The tyres lasted really well and I could have pushed a bit more if I’d needed to.”
 
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall:
“That was a good learning experience. I learnt a lot and I worked the tyres too hard early on. I didn’t have the pace to go after Michael in the second half of the race.”
 
Oscar King (Parr Motorsport) third overall:
“I massively enjoyed that! It was a really good race, but I couldn’t have held on much longer with the rear left tyre and I was glad to get to the finish. I lost a lot off the start and had to fight back from sixth place.”
 
Graeme Mundy (in2 Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“At the start it was brilliant but later on the car was a handful and I lost a big chunk of time. I was trying to change the brake bias because I was struggling to get it stopped.”
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) first in Pro-Am2:
“That was very, very hard work. How Kelvin didn’t take us all off the Complex, I really don’t know, but it all ended okay. Every lap I was still learning the circuit and it took five or six laps to hook it all up. It was a very exciting race.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) second in Pro-Am2:
“That was the wrong result but a good race! Fair play to Peter for his win: Karl came at me as well. I was confident in the quicker stuff, but struggled a bit in the slower corners.”

Race One Results

Media release: 3rd May 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 26:40.929 -
2 Pro Josh Webster GBR Redline Racing 26:49.220 8.291
3 Guest Oscar King GBR Parr Motorsport 26:54.632 13.703
4 Pro Victor Jimenez GBR Redline Racing 26:54.784 13.855
5 Pro Paul Rees GBR In2 Racing 27:01.653 14.270
6 Pro Mark Cole GBR Welch Motorsport 27:01.653 20.724
7 ProAm1 Graeme Mundy GBR In2 Racing 27:39.593 58.664
8 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney GBR Parr Motorsport 27:39.659 58.730
9 ProAm2 Steven Liquorish GBR Team Parker Racing 27:40.050 59.121
10 ProAm2 Kelvin Fletcher GBR Redline Racing 27:48.203 1 Lap

 

Fastest Lap

 

Pro - Michael Meadows  - 1:14.814

Guest - Oscar King - 1:15.581

ProAm1 - Graeme Mundy - 1:16.815

ProAm2 - Kelvin Fletcher - 1:17.607

Grid - Race Two

Media release: 3rd May 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                      
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 1:13.937 -
2 Pro Josh Webster GBR Redline Racing 1:14.056 0
3 Pro Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 1:14.426 0
4 Pro Mark Cole GBR Welch Motorsport 1:14.430 0
5 Guest Oscar King GBR Parr Motorsport 1:14.541 0
6 Pro Paul Rees GBR In2 Racing 1:14.583 0
7 ProAm1 Graeme Mundy GBR In2 Racing 1:16.407 0
8 ProAm2 Steven Liquorish GBR Team Parker Racing 1;16.591 0
9 ProAm2 Kelvin Fletcher GBR Redline Racing 1:16.678 0
10 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney GBR Parr Motorsport 1:17.432 0
11 ProAm1 Justin Sherwood GBR Team Parker Racing 1.22.707 0

Meadows does Carrera Cup GB double at Thruxton

Media release: 4th May 2014

Source: Porsche Cars GB

Michael Meadows scored a perfect double by winning round six of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton this afternoon (Sunday 4 May). Once again Meadows was able to edge clear of Josh Webster to make it three wins from six races this season. Graeme Mundy and Steven Liquorish won Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 respectively, with Liquorish emerging ahead from another great contest.
 
Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) converted pole into the lead from the rolling start and was able to edge clear of Webster (Redline Racing) as Victor Jimenez ran a strong third, well in touch with his Redline team mate.
 
While Meadows consolidated his lead, Oscar King (Parr Motorsport) battled hard with Paul Rees (In2 Racing) for fourth behind Jimenez. Meanwhile, Mundy claimed Pro-Am1 for In2 Racing.
 
One of the race’s best battles came in Pro-Am2 as Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) had to push hard all race to see off first Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) and then Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport).  Fletcher fought ahead of Liquorish early on, but then ran wide at Church and was instantly bundled back to third. Kyle-Henney immediately took up the fight on Liquorish and the result was in doubt all the way to the flag.
 
 
Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) first overall:
“That was very good. It was a case of third time lucky for me at the rolling start and I judged it really well this time. The car was good and I pushed a bit in the early laps, but then backed it off for the last few laps.”
 
Josh Webster (Redline Racing) second overall:
“It was the same result, but a very different race for me. I took a completely different style for race two and we were quick at the end of the race. That’s the best I could hope for this weekend.”
 
Graeme Mundy (In2 Racing) first in Pro-Am1:
“It was a similar sort of race: if the car was as good for the rest of the race as the first five laps, it would be good. It was strong from quite early on and was really good in the high-speed stuff.”
 
Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing) first in Pro-Am2:
“That’s why you come racing; to enjoy battles like that. We got the right result this time! Peter drove very well and didn’t make any mistakes.”
 
Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) second in Pro-Am2:
“That was good exciting stuff. It just takes one small mistake and that’s what I was looking for, but it didn’t come. Steven and I had pretty much the same pace.”
 
Results round 6:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Josh Webster; 3 Victor Jimenez.
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Graeme Mundy.
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Steven Liquorish; 2 Peter Kyle-Henney; 3 Kelvin Fletcher.

Race Two Results

Media release: 4th May 2014

Source: TSL Timing

Pos.     Class          Driver                               Nat.       
Entry                                           
Time           
Gap        
1
Pro Michael Meadows GBR Samsung UHD TV Racing 24:07.405  
2 Pro Josh Webster GBR Redline Racing 24:09.687 2.282
3 Pro Victor Jimenez ESP Redline Racing 24:11.387 3.982
4 Guest Oscar King GBR Parr Motorsport 24:18.478 11.073
5 Pro Paul Rees GBR In2 Racing 24:19.279 11.874
6 Pro Mark Cole GBR Welch Motorsport 24:21.077 13.672
7 ProAm1 Graeme Mundy GBR In2 Racing 24:56.484 49.079
8 ProAm2 Steven Liquorish GBR Team Parker Racing 24:57.013 49.608
9 ProAm2 Peter Kyle-Henney GBR Parr Motorsport 24:57.480 50.075
10 ProAm2 Kelvin Fletcher GBR Redline Racing 25:00.269 52.864

 

Fastest Lap

Pro - Michael Meadows - 1:15.387

Guest - Oscar King - 1:15.454

ProAm1 - Graeme Mundy - 1:17.674

ProAm2 - Kelvin Fletcher - 1:17.777