Meadows completes Carrera Cup GB double at Donington
- Michael Meadows makes it two wins in one day
- Ahmad Al Harthy doubles up in Pro-Am1
- Tania Mann takes maximum Pro-Am2 points
Michael Meadows made it a perfect result by taking his second win of the day in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB during round four at Donington Park today (Sunday 15 April).
While Meadows stayed ahead of Jonas Gelzinis to make it three wins from four races this season, Daniel Lloyd starred with a fighting drive through to grab third place on the final lap from Sam Tordoff. Despite constant pressure from Derek Pierce, Ahmad Al Harthy won Pro-Am1 for the second time in the day, while Tania Mann (SIBSport) took Pro-Am2 with another strong performance.
Meadows (Redline Racing) dived ahead at the start from pole position as Gelzinis (Juta Racing) forged through to second at the expense of Team Parker Racing team mates Sam Tordoff and Richard Plant. This quartet soon stared to edge clear and their escape was aided when Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) spun off into the tyre wall at Schwantz Curve when battling with Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) for fifth.
Gelzinis stalked Meadows for a dozen laps but then came the decisive moment in the lead battle when Gelzinis had a big moment under braking for the chicane and lost nearly two seconds to Meadows. “Maybe there was coolant down,” said Gelzinis. “I didn’t want to push Meadows too hard at the beginning.” With two such closely matched cars, the gap was now just too big for Gelzinis to close it down and Meadows was able to take a two-second advantage to the flag. “We were really quick in that race and I was able to edge out the gap,” said Meadows. “We made quite a few changes for the second race and they worked.”
The action now centred on the contest for third as the trio of young Yorkshire racers from Team Parker provided the fireworks. Tordoff lost third with a moment on the grass on the exit of Coppice and then set about closing back up to Plant as Lloyd chased them both. By lap 20, they were nose-to-tail and into Redgate with two laps to go Plant locked a wheel and ran wide, instantly losing two places. Now it was Lloyd attacking Tordoff and they ran side-by-side into Redgate for the final time. Lloyd dropped down another gear to get the drag out of the corner and edged ahead as they raced side-by-side through Hollywood in a display of fine racing. “Sam went defensive into Redgate and I got a bit of a cut back,” said Lloyd after a great contest. Plant deserved more than fifth for his efforts and only just held off the charging Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) on the dash to the line.
In Pro-Am1, Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) led all the way but was kept under constant pressure by Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) and was still less than two seconds ahead at the flag. “It was a very hard race from start to finish,” said Al Harthy. “That’s the first time we’ve had a perfect weekend with two wins.” Meanwhile, Pierce had driven a great pursuit. “I chased and chased and never gave up, but it was his weekend this time.” Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) completed the Pro-Am1 podium once Michael Leonard (Naas Court Hotel with Parker) and Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) tangled at Coppice and both retired.
Round four results:
Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Jonas Gelzinis; 3 Daniel Lloyd
Pro-Am1 category: 1 Ahmad Al Harthy; 2 Derek Pierce; 3 Victor Jimenez
Pro-Am2 category: 1 Tania Mann
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