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Double hat-trick of Porsche podiums for Team Parker Racing at Thruxton

Team Parker Racing enjoyed six superb podium finishes in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton (August 17/18), which included two overall second-place finishes for Josh Webster.

Those results helped after a difficult visit for the British Touring Car Championship side of the team, where Stephen Jelley battled bravely against the recent boost increase for rival cars.

In the Carrera Cup, Josh (Pro) headlined strong drives by himself, Karl Leonard (Pro-Am), and Justin Sherwood (Am), as all three drivers took a pair of class podiums each, results which keep Karl and Justin in contention for championship wins.

In the Pro class, Josh proved himself to be the only driver who could take the fight to runaway series leader Dan Harper, keeping him honest in race one and holding him at bay for three-quarters of race two, before fading tyres made it impossible to stay ahead.

For Stephen in the BTCC the weekend was going to be tough after pre-Snetterton boost increases for non-BMW competitors, aimed at reigning in the title-leading Team BMW 330i M Sport, also were levied at Team Parker Racing’s older 125i M Sport.

These meant despite his best efforts, he was left vulnerable to being caught by cars out of the slower corners around the high-speed venue, which ultimately led to disappointing finishes of 19th, 16th, and 23rd.

The team now looks forward to an FIA World Endurance Championship support weekend for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, while the British Touring Car Championship is next in action at Knockhill in Scotland, a circuit which will suit the car.

Josh Webster, driver #9, Porsche Carrera Cup GB (Pro)

“Two podiums were the best we could ask for, especially in race two where we started on old tyres and others were on new ones. I put up a good fight for as long as I could but once Dan got past, he was away.

“I didn’t expect the cars ahead of me to treat it like a one-lap race! I took the advantage, then got past Seb and held the lead for a few laps but the handling was going away, so I had to manage the tyres.

“We could have made different choices with the car, but we make them as a team, and I was happy with the direction we went and I didn’t work out this time. Were still third in the championship with a good haul of points and I’m looking forward to Silverstone in a few weeks, where hopefully we will take a win.”

Stuart Parker, Team Manager, Team Parker Racing

“All of the drivers in the Carrera Cup did really well this weekend. They’ve taken podiums and Josh has had two second place finishes as well. Karl is only two points off the lead in the Pro-Am championship, despite having to change cars between Friday and Saturday, and Justin remains well in the lead of the Am standings.

“It was a frustrating couple of days for Stephen and the BTCC guys. We did all we could, but we knew coming in to Thruxton that it was going to be a tough ask, so we’ve got through it in one piece and have a month to look forward to Knockhill, which will suit us. Stephen was fantastic there last year, so it’s an ideal place to get back up to the front.”

Source. Torque


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