Tom Wrigley overcame some testing troubles and tricky weather conditions to record a pair of top ten finishes during the penultimate meeting of the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season at Silverstone this past weekend (16/17 September).
Since the last Carrera Cup GB rounds, Wrigley had found himself back behind the wheel of a Ginetta G55 GT4 after receiving a last minute call to head to Barcelona and compete in a 24 hour race at the Circuit de Catalunya, with him showing superb pace on his way to a class podium finish.
Buoyed by that success, the 25 year old headed to Silverstone determined to enjoy a strong weekend in his In2 Racing Porsche, however his chances were hampered as he was unfortunately unable to attend an official championship test at the circuit on Tuesday.
The loss of track time compared to his rivals meant Wrigley and the team were playing catch-up during the two free practice sessions on Friday, though they produced a strong showing to post top six times in both damp and dry conditions as they completed more laps than any other Pro driver.
Unfortunately Wrigley would be unable to do a new tyre run during practice though and that comprised him for qualifying the next day as he found himself searching for the limits of grip, eventually placing himself ninth on the grid for both of Sunday’s two races.
A penalty for a rival meant he would start eighth for the opener and a strong opening lap saw him move up to seventh, with the Chirk-based racer getting involved in a three way battle for sixth early on, however in tricky, damp conditions he would slip back to ninth at the finish.
Another good start in race two saw Wrigley gain ground once again, and he went on to produce consistently strong lap-times in his Rednal Karting and CPL Industries-backed machine throughout the race on his way to an eighth place at the chequered flag.
A solid points haul for the weekend has cemented Wrigley’s top ten championship standing heading into the final two races of the season in two weeks’ time at Brands Hatch GP (30 September/1 October), the scene of his stunning Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup title success twelve months ago.
Tom Wrigley: “I’m quite happy with our performance over the weekend in the end. Naturally we want to be further up the grid and challenging for the silverware, but we were up against it massively after missing the test on Tuesday and I felt we battled well in the races.
“The conditions were tricky to get the hang of in the first race, but in race two we were able to get in the mix a bit more and battle towards the top six, but unfortunately the car lost some grip on older tyres and I just couldn’t hold on as the race progressed.
“Overall, I’m quite happy. We’ve learnt a lot more this weekend in varying conditions and the car has come home in one piece which is key for us. I’ve got second position in the Rookie standings to focus on and I’m looking forward to the final rounds at Brands Hatch.”
Source. Simon Paice Media/Photo. Dan Bathie/Porsche