Donington Park, one of the drivers’ favourite tracks, is the next destination for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB over the Easter weekend (19/20 April) as the action for the all-new Type-991 911 GT3 Cup resumes with rounds three of the four of the championship.
While the car is brand new, the driver aiming to be at the very front of the action is certainly familiar as Michael Meadows (Samsung UHD TV Racing) bids for a record-breaking third championship title. The 2012 and 2013 champion made his intentions for the season clear by taking maximum points first time out at Brands Hatch to grab an early lead in the title race. He will want more of the same at Donington Park, but there are plenty of rivals eager to stop Meadows having it all his own way.
At Brands Hatch, guest racer Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) actually took both race wins, but he was not eligible for points. Ben’s focus is now the Porsche Supercup, so promising youngster Max Coates will take over the guest car for Donington weekend.
The major threat to Meadows is likely to come from 2014 Carrera Cup GB Scholarship racer Josh Webster (Redline Racing), who took a third and a fourth during an impressive debut at Brands. The former single-seater ace is clearly adapting quickly to his new surroundings and will want to further trim the gap to Meadows. Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing), who was fastest overall in testing at Thruxton last week, and Paul Rees (In2 Racing) add further depth to the Pro category and will be chasing podium visits this weekend. Meanwhile, new to the Carrera Cup for Donington will be regular long-distance racer Rob Smith who will have his first race weekend with Redline Racing.
In the Pro-Am1 category, local ace Justin Sherwood from Long Whatton heads the early points, but can expect a big challenge from his Team Parker Racing team mate Karl Leonard, while Graeme Mundy makes a welcome Carrera Cup return at Donington with In2 Racing.
The Pro-Am2 category delivered some tremendous racing at Brands and it was Will Goff (In2 Racing) who set the pace to take a slender early lead in the points. However, Steven Liquorish (Team Parker Racing), Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) and Kelvin Fletcher (Redline Racing) all showed great form at Brands as they stepped up to the Carrera Cup GB and Goff knows he will have his hands full again this weekend.
The 2014 Carrera Cup GB schedule includes 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 June. The balance of the season will, as is customary, support the MSA British Touring Car Championship.
After qualifying on Saturday (19 April) at 11.20, round three of the Carrera Cup GB will start at 17.00 on Saturday. Round four will start at 13.35 on Sunday (20 April)