There was action all the way in round 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Knockhill today (Sunday 26 August) as Ben Barker led from the start to complete a perfect weekend in Scotland.
The action began at the first corner when Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) tagged the back of Michael Meadows (Redline Racing). With Barker (Parr Motorsport) ahead of them both, Meadows spun to the tail of the pack and Tordoff retired with a damaged radiator. Through into second went Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) from Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Butcher then grabbed the place at the hairpin on the third lap.
Barker was able to control the race from the front as Butcher, Lloyd and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) filled the next places. Meanwhile, Meadows set about fighting his way back up the order. Barker had a scare when the safety car was deployed on lap 10 for the removal of the beached car of George Brewster (Celtic Speed), but the leader was quickly able to regain control of the race.
However, Meadows’ dramatic race took another twist on lap 16 when Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) attacked Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) for second place in Pro-Am1 at the hairpin. Meadows was right behind them and had to take to the grass to avoid the spinning Mortimer and dropped to last once again.
Up front, Barker rattled off the remaining laps to score a resounding double win and earn himself the ‘driver of the weekend’ award, while Parr Motorsport took the ‘team of the weekend’ award. “I knew Rory was there and it wasn’t an easy race, but we had really good pace this weekend,” said Barker. Butcher was delighted to take second after retiring from the first race and paid tribute to the hard work of the Celtic Speed team in repairing his car for the second race. “That’s what we should be getting at Knockhill,” said Butcher. “I just kept pushing right to the last lap.”
Lloyd was pleased to be back on the podium in third place. “It’s hard starting P6 but I just kept out of trouble,” said Lloyd. Gelzinis however was hobbled by a misfire and struggled home at the tail of the field after a pit stop.
In Pro-Am1, Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) took his second win of the day with fourth place overall. “That’s the best overall result I’ve ever had: a perfect weekend,” he said. Pierce had been hunting him down until being delayed in the incident with Mortimer at the hairpin. “He came backwards at me,” said Pierce after taking avoiding action. Then, Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) clipped Pierce into a spin, which further delayed Meadows as he tried to pick a way through the field.
Plant worked through to fifth overall, while Meadows took sixth after a remarkable race of near misses, avoidances and potential disasters. “I was trying everything to stay out of trouble and get round,” said Meadows. Remarkably, with his major title rivals having worse results, he further extended his championship lead. Pierce and Mortimer completed the Pro-Am1 podium to make it six Scottish drivers on the podium.