Rory Butcher completed a superb weekend with another victory in round ten of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Croft today (Sunday 24 June). Despite constant pressure from Michael Meadows, Butcher drove a mighty race to secure his second win in two days at the North Yorkshire track. Ahmad Al Harthy (Pro-Am1) and Will Goff (Pro-Am2) also completed weekend doubles.
The pivotal moment came as the pack stormed into the first corner, Clervaux. Meadows (Redline Racing) made a strong start and just had his nose in front of Butcher (Celtic Speed), but Meadows was unsure of just where Butcher was and the Scot was able to grab the advantage back as they turned through the corner. “He was ahead to turn one, but he gave me some room and that was crucial,” said Butcher.
Butcher now had to race for 15 laps with Meadows on his tail and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) trying to make it a three-way lead contest. Meadows battled to find a way around Butcher’s defences, but could ill afford to take a big risk and record a second non-finish of the weekend. “Michael was fair the whole way through,” said Butcher. “Once I got in front I could hold him off and it’s a great feeling to win both races. It doesn’t get any better and I’m within striking distance of the championship contenders now.”
Meadows accepted that a strong second place was a reasonable finish to what had been a difficult event. “It’s gone against us this weekend,” said Meadows, who arrived at Croft with a 34-point championship lead and left with an 18-point advantage. “Without taking a lunge at Rory it was going to be difficult,” he said. In turn, Meadows had to watch his mirrors for Gelzinis, who was never far away. “I stressed my tyres a little bit too much at the beginning,” said Gelzinis.
Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) always ran fourth, but had to contend with considerable pressure from Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) and Glynn Geddie (Redline Racing) over the first half of the race.
In Pro-Am1, Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) always had the upper hand and was able to build an early lead of around four seconds as Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) battled ahead of Pro racer Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) while Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) chased Pierce home for the final Pro-Am1 podium position. “I’m delighted,” said Al Harthy. “It was hard to do it again, but I had a good start and kept pushing. It’s been a perfect weekend.” Pierce, however, struggled with tyres all race. “The car never really came on,” he said.
Goff (Goff Racing) had to race hard to make it a double Pro-Am2 win and take over at the top of the points’ table. In the early laps, Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) was ahead until Goff edged ahead when Barstys ran wide at Tower. From then on it was close all the way to the finish. “I had a lot of pressure and it wasn’t over until the chequered flag,” said Goff.