The new season for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB starts at Brands Hatch (29/30 March) and there is an exciting new look for 2014 with the arrival of the sensational Type-991 911 GT3 Cup. Aside from a silencer system developed to meet UK noise restrictions, the car is the same as used in Porsche Super Cup and is the race evolution of the latest 911 GT3 road car. The car is completely new and has many fundamental and detail changes over the previous Type 997 911 GT3 Cup.
While the car is brand new, the driver likely to be at the very front of the action is certainly familiar as Michael Meadows bids for a record-breaking third championship title with continued backing from Samsung. The 2012 and 2013 champion made his intentions for the season clear when he headed the times during the recent pre-season test and media day at Silverstone.
“That was a good start and the car ran strongly,” said Meadows who is back with Redline Racing for the coming season. “The new car is going to blow last year’s lap times away,” he added, having instantly gone faster than in the previous model car.
However, Meadows knows he will need to keep pushing hard and one of his biggest challenges could come from his new team mate, Carrera Cup Scholarship racer Josh Webster. On his first full day in a Porsche, Webster ran Meadows very close and the Suffolk teenager will only get quicker and quicker as his experience grows following a successful single-seater career. “I love the car!” said Webster.
Former single-seater racer Paul Rees is another strong contender for overall glory and will spearhead the In2 Racing squad as he makes a move into sports and GT racing. Rees progressed up the single-seater ladder into the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2010 but has not raced regularly for several seasons.
“I had a great opportunity to come back to racing, and sports and GT racing is now my career focus,” said the Oxford-based driver. “I want to make my mark in the Carrera Cup and I want to challenge Michael Meadows. He’s going to be the man to beat and it is great to have a benchmark like Michael.”
Another Redline Racing driver will also contest the Pro category as popular Spanish racer Victor Jimenez steps up as the reigning Pro-Am1 champion. With several more drivers likely to be confirmed in the final run-up to the opening race, there should be some great racing at the head of the field as well as in the Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 categories.
In Pro-Am1, Karl Leonard (Team Parker Racing) set a strong pace at Silverstone to lap within half a second of Meadows’ best time and will also be a contender for the overall podium. Meanwhile, Pro-Am2 is shaping up for an excellent season as Will Goff (In2 Racing) goes up against Carrera Cup newcomers Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing). Both Kyle-Henney and Liquorish move up from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and Kyle-Henney scored his first race win at Brands Hatch last September.