Tordoff holds his cool for a ‘fantastic’ first Porsche winPosted: June 13, 2012 Filed under: Porsche Carrera Cup GB | Tags: 2012, Michael Meadows, Oulton Park, Porsche, Sam Tordoff Leave a comment
Oulton Park saw a new winner in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain as Sam Tordoff took his first pole and victory at the Cheshire circuit, holding off championship leader Michael Meadows.
The Parker Racing driver took his first pole position on Saturday afternoon, and then went one better the day after with a great start leading to his first race win of the championship in his second season of Porsche racing.
“What a fantastic result that was,” he told ITV4. “We had the pace this weekend, had a great qualifying and I knew if I could just get my head down in the race it could all come good.
Tordoff headed the opening race from start to finish, and admitted it was tougher than it looked to keep the championship leader at bay for the entirity of the race.
“Michael kept me honest for a lot of that race, towards the end of that race I think we started defending a lot from Gelzinis and I managed to pull a gap, and it was fairly comfortable for the last five laps I was taking everything cautiously and trying not to make a mistake.
“All it takes is one little mistake, so I wanted that cushion.”
Tordoff couldn’t repeat the feat in race two, finishing again on the podium in thirs position this time as a slow start gifted Michael Meadows the chance to take a lead he would not lose for the rest of the race.
While Tordoff moves up to third in the championship, Meadows now has a 36 point lead heading to Croft, and says that keeping out of trouble was important in race one to avoid dropping crucial points.
“I’m not going to make a lunge from about eight car lengths back,” said SAS/Redline’s Meadows, “but if the move was on then I’d go for it. But it’s still too early to think about the championship”.