Tom Wrigley bounced back from harsh qualifying exclusion penalties to produce impressive drives through from the back of the field to a pair of top twelve finishes in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Snetterton this past weekend (29/30 July).
The reigning Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion’s run of bad luck in the championship continued as he saw promising pace in practice and qualifying go unrewarded after he was excluded from qualifying after running out of fuel in his In2 Racing Porsche.
After finishing Friday practice a strong seventh overall on the timesheets, Wrigley pushed hard in qualifying on Saturday and posted a best effort of 1m 51.676s around the 2.97 mile circuit to secure himself a sixth place start for each of Sunday’s races.
That was until it was deemed that his Porsche did not have enough fuel remaining post-session to provide a sample for the scrutineers, resulting in an immediate exclusion from the results of the session and further penalties for the starts of both races.
Wrigley would be forced to take the rolling start for Sunday’s opening race from the pitlane, however a first lap safety car period eradicated the gap it created and gave him the opportunity to sit right on the tail of the field when the action resumed on lap six.
The 24 year old would make steady progress throughout the race, keeping his nose clean with some smart overtaking moves as he negotiated the Pro-AM 1 and Pro-AM 2 class contenders on his way to some crucial championship points in eleventh position.
It would be a similar story in the live televised second race of the day, which Wrigley started from the back of the grid but only after being held for ten seconds longer than the rest of the field, which ensured he was a distant last once he launched off the line.
On this occasion Wrigley would impressively pick his way through to twelfth position at the chequered flag, a result that means the Rednal Karting and CPL Industries-backed driver remains in the championship top ten heading into the next rounds at Knockhill on 12/13 August.
Tom Wrigley: “It’s sadly been another weekend of what could have been for us. We showed great pace in practice and qualifying, but unfortunately an innocent mistake from the team has cost us dearly and left us right on the backfoot for the races.
“It was always going to be mission impossible in the races, particularly for race two with a ten second hold at the start. I gave it my all and was pleased to gain as many places as I did, especially with us producing pace good enough for the top five as well.
“We will be back at full throttle at Knockhill and pushing for a return to the podium that we feel we so deserve at the moment.”
Source. Simon Paice Media/Photo. Dan Bathie/Porsche