Team Parker Racing tackled another double race weekend with action in the British Touring Car Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton, and the British GT Championship at Donington Park, with Esmee Hawkey’s performances the highlight across both venues.
After ceding ground to team-mate Ryan Ratcliffe in the Carrera Cup at Knockhill last time out, the 22-year old returned with two Pro-Am victories and an excellent fourth place overall in race two after fighting past a Pro class rival, while Ryan claimed two second-place finishes to keep the pressure on.
There was heartbreak around her as championship leader Harry King suffered punctures while leading in both races. Title rival Josh Webster also had a tyre go down while chasing the lead in race two after finishing second earlier in the day.
Justin Sherwood claimed two Am class second places to extend his championship lead over rival Lee Frost, while Justin Armstrong took fifth in race one but was disappointed to retire with damage in race two.
On the BTCC side of the team, it was a challenging weekend for Stephen Jelley as he battled a Thruxton circuit not suited to his rear-wheel-drive BMW 125i M Sport – his struggles compounded by contact damage in the first race which made further progress across the weekend difficult.
At Donington Park, Nick Jones and Scott Malvern faced a three-hour British GT Championship contest with their Bentley Continental GT3, but an engine problem halfway through the race could not be fixed on-site, causing their retirement from the contest.
Team Parker Racing will be back in action in just one week’s time as the BTCC and Porsche Carrera Cup GB travel to Silverstone in Northamptonshire on the fast and frenetic National Circuit layout.