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Porsche Carrera Cup GB look ahead to 2018 season

With less than a month to the first round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch, we take a look ahead to what the new season has in store in the popular one make championship.

Last year’s champion Charlie Eastwood, now a BRDC Superstar, has moved to the World Endurance Championship and Blancpain Endurance series with TF Sport. Also making a move into Blancpain Endurance with TF Sport is Euan McKay, while Dan McKay makes the move into British GT on board the Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S. Also making a move into British GT is Scott Malvern who joins Team Parker racing.  Meanwhile Dan Cammish disembarks for the British Touring Car Championship, taking the seat at Team Dynamics Honda Yuasa vacated by Gordon Shedden. Tom Oliphant also makes the move to BTCC with Ciceley Racing.

With a number of prominent drivers moving on to other series, it makes for an exciting 2018 season with a number of new faces joining those back to contest for the title.

Second in the standings last year Dino Zamparelli will continue to battle for the top spot with returning Pro’s Lewis Plato, Tio Ellinas, Tom Wrigley and Ross Wyle.

The highly popular scholarship initiative resumes under the new name the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Junior programme, which sees the three finalists on the grid, winner Dan Harper, George Gamble and Esmee Hawkey. The programme has a generous prize of £85,000 towards 2018/19 PCCGB running costs plus development and support from Porsche Motorsport, a package that has seen a record number of applicants for this season.

Dan Harper was the 2016 Rookie Cup winner in the Ginetta Juniors and finished third in the overall standings in 2017. The 17 year old from Northern Ireland joins Nick Tandy’s racing team JTR alongside Tom Wrigley, Lewis Plato and Jamie Orton.

21 yr old George Gamble has risen through the ranks of the Ginetta championships, but has also tried his hand at single seaters having competed in the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.

20 year old Esmee Hawkey has contested in Porsche’s since 2016 in the GT Cup, last year also competing in the Brighton Speed Trials where she came fourth. The rapid youngster is also the Brand Ambassador for Porsche Centre South London.

Also joining the Championship in 2018 is seasoned driver Gary Eastwood who has a long background in GT racing including competing in British GT 2012 to 2016 and last year competed in the GT Cup Championship. The 58 year old runs in PCCGB with G-Cat Racing.

Seb Perez graduates from the Ginetta Supercup to join Team Parker Racing alongside PCCGB Junior programme entrant George Gamble, with whom Perez has previously driven in Ginetta Championships. A previous BTCC entrant who joins the Championship is Richard Hawken. The 46 year old previously raced with Support Our Paras Infiniti in 2015.

While in the Am class Fraser Robertson, Peter Mangion and Michael Igoe also join the grid.

On the media day at Silverstone it was Tom Wrigley who dominated in the first test session swiftly followed by Dino Zamparelli and Lewis Plato, with Plato clocking the sessions best speed.

The second session found Josh Webster topping the lap times while Dan Harper put in the miles completing thirty eight laps.  Webster again led lap times in the third session with the wet weather improving lap times dropped.

The first round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB takes place on the BTCC support package at Brands Hatch on 7th/8th April.

Images ©Allison Remzi

Aron Taylor-Smith switches from BTCC to GT for 2018

The MG Triple Eight driver announced today he is stepping away from the British Touring Car Championship to begin a new chapter racing in GT.

©Andy Fitzpatrick

Taylor-Smith made his debut in BTCC in 2011 and has raced successfully with Team BMR, Team BKR and in 2017 with Triple Eight. It has been a difficult season for the 28 year old, finishing in the top ten just once and sustaining a fractured leg in the horrific crash at Croft that also saw Luke Davenport and Jeff Smith put out off action.

It is not yet confirmed which series Taylor-smith will be competing in but the Irishman has stated he is in talks with the SRO Blancpain GT Championship but is also considering options to race in America, but has not ruled out a return to BTCC in the future.

©Andy Fitzpatrick

Porsche take 2017 WEC titles in Shanghai

A resounding win for Toyota in Shanghai wasn’t enough to hold off Porsche from winning the 2017 Championship titles. The #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima crossed the finish line just ahead of the #2 Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, while the Porsche #1 car of Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy took third place.

 

The Porsche team were already set to clinch the drivers championship with a third place position when the #7 Toyota being driven by Jose Maria Lopez had an incident with a GTE Pro car causing a pit stop and a promotion to second place for the #2 Porsche 919 and handing the manufacturers title, which would have been open otherwise until the Bahrain round to Porsche. It being Porsche’s 3rd consecutive year to win both titles.

In LMP2 the #31 Vaillante Rebellion of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal took the win after an epic race filled with incidents. It had looked like Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent had laid the way for the win after a faultless opening stint, but when the team collided with the No.26 G-Drive Racing car they saw their advantage slip away, eventually finishing in fourth place.

 

Meanwhile it was victory for Ferrari as they took the GT World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship, with the #51 in third and #71 finishing sixth being enough to seal the title.

The race win however went to Fords Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, their second of the season in the #67 Ford Ganassi Ford GT.

It  was the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy that took the win in the LMGTE Am class, their third win this season.

 

The final WEC round of this year and before the launch of the ‘Super Season’ in 2018 takes place in Bahrain on November 16th-18th.