Countdown begins to Porsche Carrera World Cup at the Nürburgring
• Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship heads to the famous Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in Germany this weekend (June 25) to participate in global Porsche Carrera World Cup race
• Inaugural Carrera World Cup is round nine of the 2011 Carrera Cup GB Championship
• 23 drivers from Britain will line up alongside over 100 competitors from around the world, each in 911 GT3 Cup race cars, for a six lap, 95 mile race around the legendary Nürburgring
• Follow Porsche Origin for latest news and action on-line from the event
The biggest challenge in the history of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB awaits the drivers as the Championship heads to the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for the Porsche Carrera World Cup race on Saturday (June 25).
This record-breaking race will present Carrera Cup GB racers with the chance to tackle the track that is widely-regarded as the finest and most daunting in the world, with 88 corners packed into 15 miles of twisting track in the Eifel Mountains in Germany.
To race on the Nordschleife (‘Northern Loop’) is the dream of many drivers, and this weekend a total of 23 competitors from the Carrera Cup GB and the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge will contest the Porsche Carrera World Cup, prior to the start of the 39th ADAC 24 Hour race. It will run over a distance of six laps, approximately 95 miles, and more than 250,000 spectators are expected to watch.
Top drivers from Carrera Cup GB in action
Heading to Germany with a handy lead in the Championship is London driver James Sutton (SAS/Redline), who has a 20-point margin over team-mate Michael Meadows (Banbury). However, it is far too early for Sutton to be thinking about a second Carrera Cup GB title and his aim will be to complete the race in another strong position. Meadows, meanwhile, is having his best season to date and knows that he cannot afford to let Sutton add to his Championship lead, as the series heads into a seven-week mid-season break after the Nürburgring encounter.
The Nürburgring is a track that rewards experience, and from the Carrera Cup GB ranks it is Tim Harvey (Nationwide/Motorbase) who stands out as having the greatest knowledge of this remarkable race circuit. However, while that level of prior knowledge marks Harvey out as a pre-race favourite, over recent weeks the leading title contenders have all been gaining experience of the Nordschleife and a final round of familiarisation training took place this week.
Two drivers from the Parker with Juta team are taking the fight to the SAS/Redline duo, and both Stephen Jelley (Leicester) and Euan Hankey (Taunton) are determined to use the wild card nature of this Nordschleife race to peg back Sutton’s and Meadow’s advantage. The experience of the track acquired by Stuart Parker and his team over the past decade could prove crucial in Saturday’s race.
Oman Air/Redline team driver and Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholar, Ben Hetherington (Cheshire) and Team Parker Racing’s Sam Tordoff (Leeds) and Richard Plant (Sheffield) are new to the track as well, but each is capable of claiming a podium place.
In the Pro-Am1 category, Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) is setting the pace and that is likely to continue in Germany, where he may well be right up among the Pro drivers. Chasing Gelzinis are Ahmad Al Harthy (Oman Air/Redline) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed), and Kirkcaldy-based Butcher heads to Germany on the back of a stunning drive last time out in changing weather conditions at Oulton Park.
With Pro-Am2 leader Andrew Shelley (Redline Racing) missing the race due to family commitments, it is Aberdeen’s George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and Redline Racing driver Keith Webster (Liphook) who are poised to take over the Pro-Am2 lead. Other Pro-Am2 podium contenders are Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) from London and Aberdeen’s Tommy Dreelan (Celtic Speed).
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After qualifying at 15.25 on Friday, June 24, the Porsche Carrera World Cup will start at 11.20 on Saturday, June 25. Eurosport will carry a live TV broadcast of the race in a programme starting at 10.45 (local time).
Porsche Origin will carry extensive coverage of the Porsche Carrera World Cup over the weekend.