Meadows unstoppable again in Porsche encounters at DoningtonPosted: April 19, 2012
Just as in Brands Hatch two weeks ago, it was Michael Meadows who dominated the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain at Donington Park last weekend, taking a pair of wins despite brake problems in race one.
The SAS Redline Racing driver took a pair of pole positions on Saturday to give him the advantage the following day, and Meadows made the perfect start in the opening race on Sunday to lead the field around the first lap.
Having been joined on the front row by Lithuanian driver Jonas Gelzinis, Meadows’ job was made easier into turn one by a slow start from the reigning Pro-Am1 class champion that dropped him down to fifth, Sam Tordoff taking up the mantle of Meadows’ chaser.
But he soon ran into his own problems when he missed a gear on the second lap as he got on the power coming out of the chicane, allowing the train of cars including Richard Plant, Ben Barker and Gelzinis to bump him down to fifth by Redgate.
Meadows was soon in his element and over the next handful of laps managed to extend his lead out to almost three seconds, but soon his pace began to drop in the final half of the 23 lap race, the suspect proving to be a mechanical problem causing the rear brakes to lock up continuously, dropping him into the clutches of the chasing quartet.
Having won the first race of the season after a penalty for Meadows, Plant began to close in on his rival for the race lead, but the Parker Racing driver was the next driver to run into problems at Old Hairpin when he sustained a sudden left-front puncture that forced him to limp back to the pits, falling to 15th at the flag.
Meadows found himself still under threat from new second place man Barker, (who had been squeezed onto the grass heading towards Craner by Plant earlier on) and the Parr Motorsport driver trimmed the gap from over two seconds to a car’s length in only three laps.
Meadows was clearly struggling, but drove the last couple of laps to perfection to claim his second win in a row by a mere 0.249s in the nervy conclusion, Juta’s Gelzinis and Parker’s Tordoff following them home in close proximity.
Eights seconds further back, a briliant fifth place for Ahmad Al Harthy was comfortably enough to take Pro-am1 honours, Rory Butcher, Derek Pierce and a somewhat disappointed Daniel Lloyd and Glynn Geddie forming a tight bunch behind.
Race two was are much easier affair for Meadows with brake issues now no longer an issue, and he led into the first corner with Gelzinis jumping up to second past front-row starter Tordoff.
After his great result in race one, Barker’s weekend came to a sudden halt, literally. Battling with Lloyd for fourth place, the Parr driver tried to go around the outside heading up towards Mcleans, put a wheel on the grass and spun hard into the tyrewall, wrecking the front of the emaculate machine.
Meadows by the halfway stage had already managed a gap to the second place man, leaving the fight to go on behind him. Gelzinis held second after initially keeping on terms with the leader, ahead of Parker’s Tordoff and Plant who scrapped nose-to-tail for much of the race.
Tordoff punted Plant wide at Redgate in their battle for third as he dived up the inside, but he too made a mistake at Redgate that lost him the podium position to team-mate Lloyd who got a cutback on the last lap to steal the position.
Meadows took another victory over driver of the day winner Gelzinis by 1.9s to complete the double and extend his championship lead, with Parker trio Lloyd, Tordoff and Plant rounding out the top five.
Celtic speed’s Butcher took a solid sixth right on their tail, while Pro-Am1 again went to Al Harthy in seventh ahead of Geddie, Pierce and Victor Jimenez rounding out the 10.
Pro-Am2 was decided before racing even began with only one entrant in lady racer Tania Mann, who took her first two class wins in the series, also being the first female driver to do so.
Championship standings after rounds 3-4:
1. Michael Meadows – 81 points
2. Jonas Gelzinis – 70 points
3. Sam Tordoff – 56 points
4. Richard Plant – 43 points
5. Ben Barker – 42 points
6. Daniel Lloyd – 42 points