Jonas Gelzinis scored a brilliant victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 21 October) when he mastered tough track conditions to dominate an absorbing race.
While Gelzinis blasted clear on a wet and slippery track to take his first Carrera Cup race win, Sam Tordoff battled through to second as Rory Butcher completed the overall podium. Derek Pierce turned in one of the best drives of the race to take the Pro-Am1 category, while Will Goff had a great race to claim Pro-Am2.
Despite difficult track conditions, Gelzinis (Juta Racing) fired into the lead from pole position and drove a beautifully controlled race to win for the first time in his Carrera Cup GB career and keep himself in contention for the runner-up position in the final championship standings. “If I had finished the season without a win I would have been very disappointed,” said the Lithuanian racer. “We set the car up for a drying track and the conditions were perfect for our set-up,” said a jubilant Gelzinis.
While Gelzinis pulled clear at a rate of up to a second a lap, there was some tremendous battling over the other podium places as Sam Tordoff fought ahead of his Team Parker Racing team mate Richard Plant to take third and then set about chasing second placed Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed). In a tight run past the pits, Tordoff dived down the inside into Paddock Hill Bend to take second, only to lose it back again on the exit of the corner and then get ahead for good under braking for Surtees.
“I did what I had to do and just kept working forwards,” said Tordoff after taking second place. Butcher held off the closing Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Parker) for third. “That was tough: the car went off a bit over the second half and Dan had better pace then me later on,” said Butcher. Lloyd drove a great race to take fourth from seventh on the grid, battling ahead of Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) in the process, while Andy Meyrick (Team Parker Racing) battled through to sixth and finished close behind Barker.
Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) was the star of Pro-Am1 with one of the best drives of the season. He had to overhaul class rival Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) as well as Pro racers Michael Meadows and James Sutton (Redline Racing) on his way to eighth overall. “That’s the best podium I’ve ever had,” said Pierce. “It was a superb race and the car was amazing.” Al Harthy took second in Pro-Am1 with team mate Victor Jimenez third.
Up among the Pro-Am1 pack for much of the race was Pro-Am2 winner Goff (Goff Racing) after the best drive of his career to date. He then slid off the road at Surtees and briefly lost the class lead to Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) but Goff went back ahead when Denny had his third spin of the race. “I loved that,” said Goff. “But at Surtees I hit the brakes at the same point as before and off it went.”
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