After a podium filled weekend at Snetterton two weeks ago, Toro Verde GT headed to the high-speed circuit of Thruxton for rounds 11 and 12 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at the weekend (August 27/28). Despite the upward trajectory in performance, it was disappointment for the team, as it left the Hampshire venue empty handed, having narrowly missed out on silverware.
The team would compete with a single car entry for the weekend, with Pro-Am racer Angus Whiteside taking the wheel after a host of podium appearances in the previous two rounds of the championship. Despite good pace, he was unable to extract the full potential of the car and qualified 16th overall, and 5th in class.
It was a slow start to race one, where Ryan Ratcliffe and Josh Stanton got past on the opening lap, dropping the Toro Verde GT driver down to 18th overall and sixth in class. Capitalising on fellow Pro-Am driver Hugo Ellis’ off at Cobb, Angus sailed past to retake fifth. The remainder of the race was a fairly processional affair with few opportunities to make further progress, so he crossed the line 16th overall and fifth in the Pro-Am class.
Getting a better start to the reduced 20 minute race two, Angus was up three places into 14th after avoiding drama which had rival Will Aspin into the barrier into turn one. Coming under pressure from Stanton behind, it was a good defensive drive from Angus who held on to third in class for most of the contest, before conceding the last podium position in the closing lap.
With pace evident, it was an unlucky weekend for Angus and the team, who’s hard work and clear potential went unrewarded. The Porsche Carrera Cup GB now takes a four week break before returning to action at Silverstone on the weekend of September 24/25, where the team will be working hard for more podium success.
Angus Whiteside, #52, Pro-Am
G1 – 5, R1 – 5
G2 – 5, R2 – 4
Championship: 4 (49 points)
“Qualifying was good but then into the last corner on my last flying lap, I got held up by Kiern Jewiss and lost about two tenths. He didn’t do it intentionally, it’s just one of those things but it caused me to be more on the brakes than I wanted to be, so I lost out.
“In race one I didn’t get the best start because I hesitated when I shouldn’t have after seeing the car in front hesitate. Nothing really happened for the rest of the race. I went backwards because the car in front of me hit too much curve into the last corner and bounced, which caused me to slow down too much and lose positions.
“Race two was going really well, but we take a gamble on the setup that didn’t help me through the fast stuff. I just kept sliding the car everywhere. I overcooked it going into the last corner and lost the rear and ended up coming fourth in class instead of third.”