In some of the toughest conditions experienced in the 10-year history of the championship, Sam Tordoff drove a superb race to win the final round of the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 21 October).
While Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) shot ahead from the start to control the race from the front, Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) battled home second to secure the runner-up position in the final standings. Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) drove a fine race to win Pro-Am1 while Will Goff (Goff Racing) completed a double win in Pro-Am2.
Track conditions were truly challenging as the pack lined up for the 20th and final race of the season and visibility was very limited as clouds of spray were thrown up around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. “I got the best start and I was able to get away,” said Tordoff, who was the only driver with a clear view over the opening laps. Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) slotted into second place, but was soon under attack from Barker and the place changed under braking for Surtees on the lap two.
Three laps later, with Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) on his tail, Gelzinis slid off at Surtees and dropped well down the order. While Tordoff and Barker consolidated their positions Lloyd tigered ahead of Butcher and set off after second-placed Barker. Lloyd set the fastest lap of the race, but then also slid off at Surtees and dropped to sixth behind Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) and James Sutton (Redline Racing).
Tordoff turned in a faultless drive to wrap up his season with a win. “I just got my head down and Gelzinis helped me get clear,” said Tordoff. Barker, too, raced well to second place. “That was really tough out there,” he said after staying clear of Butcher and Plant, while Lloyd regained fifth with a bold move around the outside of Sutton at Sheene Curve. “You couldn’t see a thing: it was like driving into a wall,” said Butcher. “That’s a good way to finish the season,” said Lloyd. Tordoff took third in the final standings as Gelzinis battled home in tenth place to end the season fourth.
In Pro-Am1, Jimenez drove superbly under constant pressure as Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) and Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) challenged relentlessly. Al Harthy then spun at Surtees and later spun out of the race at Paddock after clipping the back of Oly Mortimer (GT Marques). Pierce then took up the challenge on Jimenez, but the Spanish racer held on for a deserved win by eight-tenths of a second. “That was very, very tough with the spray,” said Jimenez. Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) took third place, but lost second in the final standings to Pierce on a tie-break.
In Pro-Am2, Goff got a poor start, but worked ahead of category rival Richard Denny (Parr Motorsport) to take his second win of the day. Goff’s progress was aided when Denny had a mid-race spin.
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