Tom Wrigley produced a sensational display at Silverstone to record his best ever weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a victory and a third place finish during the penultimate rounds of the season (15/16 September).
Wrigley’s third win of the season so far came on Sunday afternoon, and his superb display ensures he has further cemented his third place in the championship standings heading into the season finale at Brands Hatch later this month.
The race success came as a bit of surprise for the Welshman following a tough run during free practice and qualifying, with some difficulty in finding the sweet spot in his JTR prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car ensuring he would only qualify fifth on the grid.
Wrigley didn’t let that faze him though and he enjoyed a brilliant start to the opening race, with a bold overtaking move into Brooklands moving him up to third position and right onto the tail of the driver ahead of him in the standings, Tio Ellinas.
The Chirk based racer piled on the pressure as he tried to make a move around the short, fast Silverstone National circuit, but with no clear opportunity presenting itself he elected not to risk his podium finish and brought the MSS Kits Porsche home in a brilliant third place.
That secured Wrigley a front row start for the live televised reverse grid race, with an excellent launch off the line allowing him to spectacularly storm down the inside of the poleman George Gamble into Copse corner to take the lead.
The 26 year old quickly pulled a second clear of the pack behind, an advantage he would maintain throughout the remainder of the race as he controlled proceedings in style with a measured, intelligent drive to the chequered flag.
Wrigley led home an historic first ever one-two-three finish for the JTR team as he continued his hugely impressive record of finishing every race so far this season inside the top six. The result would also mark his milestone 25th podium finish competing on the BTCC support package.
Tom Wrigley: “It’s not been the easiest of weekends, our qualifying didn’t go well and I’ve been feeling under the weather, but you’ve got to make it count on your bad days and I’m over the moon to come away with a win and a third place.
“It was all about the start in race two. I knew I needed to get the lead into Copse or it was going to be a tough race, and fortunately I nailed it. The car was fantastic and with the battling behind, I didn’t have to push to the absolute limit and could look after my tyres as best I could.
“A massive thank you to JTR for giving me a great car. They richly deserve the one-two-three finish. To achieve my best ever weekend in Porsche’s so far is a great feeling and hopefully I can go and enjoy further success in the season finale at Brands Hatch.”
The 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season comes to a close with two races around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in two weeks’ time (29/30 September).
Source. Simon Paice Media/Photo. Porsche