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BTCC Support races Donington.

The BTCC support races were at Donington Park testing ahead of this weekends round, and we were trackside to catch the action.

In the F4 British Championship the combined classification of both practice sessions found Louis Foster topping the timings ahead of Carlin’s Zane Maloney, proving to be a taste of things to come with Foster taking the win in race one on Saturday, and making it to the podium in race two in third place behind Bart Horsten in first place and Joe Turney in second. Arden Motorsports Horsten made it his second visit to the podium across the weekend, after taking third place in race one with Josh Skelton taking second.

Race three compounded Fosters dominance at Donington as he took the win in an eventful race, where some great battles took place throughout. Foster is in his maiden season with Double R Racing and the F4 Championship, indeed his first season in single seater racing after a successful year in the Ginetta Junior Championship which saw him finishing his debut season as Vice-Champion and Rookie Champion.

Foster currently leads the Championship, seventeen points ahead of second place Sebastian Alvarez. Also joining the F4 British Championship this year alongside Louis Foster is Reema Juffali, the groundbreaking, female, Saudi Arabian driver who only made her racing debut in October 2018. The 27 year old faces a huge challenge very early on in her burgeoning career, taking her first steps into such a competitive championship, but Juffali is positive about her history making debut,  keen to represent her country and pave the way for other female racers.

In the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship, combined classification found Dan Harper leading the way ahead of the weekend, going on to take the win in race one, George Gamble in second place and Josh Webster completing the podium. Race two found Josh Webster in first place with Lewis Plato in second and Dan Harper in third place. All of which means that as things stand Dan Harper leads the Championship. Harper is in his second year in the Championship after winning the PCCGB scholarship in 2017, being awarded a full time drive for two years. He completed the 2018 season in fifth place in the Pro Class.

The Ginetta races as usual, were a great watch, in the GT4 Supercup there was lots of action  including an enormous, high speed crash involving multiple cars which brought the race to an early end. Miraculously no-one was seriously hurt and the rest of the programme resumed with minimum delay.

BTCC moves on to Thruxton on 18th-19th May.

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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.

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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.