Tom Wrigley is ready to bounce back in style in a fortnight’s time at Donington Park after enduring a difficult start to his Porsche Carrera Cup GB career during the opening meeting of the season at Brands Hatch this past weekend (01/02 April).
The reigning Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion showed impressive pace throughout his debut Carrera Cup GB outing with leading squad In2 Racing, but saw drama in both races leave him without the results that his speed deserved.
Hitting the track for the first time in his new eye-catching red and green livery, Wrigley enjoyed a productive day of running in Friday testing, which he then converted into a strong qualifying performance by putting himself eighth and sixth on the grid for the two races.
The Chirk-based racer slipped back to tenth during a busy opening lap of the short Indy circuit in race one, but he immediately turned his focus onto trying to regain the ground – though his efforts were hampered by a pair of safety car periods.
Wrigley would keep piling on the pressure heading into the closing stages, however when lapping a backmarker late on through Surtees, a tag in the rear sent his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car spinning around into the barriers and out of the race.
Putting that disappointment behind him, Wrigley was keen to make amends from his improved sixth on the grid for the second encounter, however there would be early drama this time around as on the second lap, he was faced with a spinning Porsche in front of him.
Swinging left in avoidance, Wrigley was pitched into a spin and ended up in the middle of the circuit facing the oncoming traffic. Fortunately, the rest of the field shot past without incident and he was able to continue, albeit in a distant nineteenth position.
From there, a fired up Wrigley produced a sensational recovery drive, producing lap times comparable to those at the front of the field as he battled his way through the field to secure eleventh position at the chequered flag.
Tom Wrigley: “We always knew it was going to be a tricky weekend coming in, making our debuts in such a competitive championship, but our pace has been very strong throughout the weekend and unfortunately we didn’t translate it in qualifying which made the races harder.
“I really feel like we missed out on a good result from sixth on the grid in race two, but there’s nothing we could have done, it was just an unfortunate racing incident and I’m really just glad we came out without any major damage.
“I’m not too disheartened with how the weekend has gone, we showed with our lap times in the second race that we have the pace to compete at the front, so we’re looking forward to going to Donington Park where we can get on a proper circuit and stretch our legs.”
The 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season continues with Rounds Three and Four at Donington Park in Leicestershire over Easter weekend (16/17 April).
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