Oly Mortimer heads the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB Driver of the Year standings heading into the season closing Silverstone triple-header this weekend, the young Scot holding the advantage over Graeme Mundy. The duo might not have it all their own way on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, as the hugely experienced Nick Whale joins Class One for this meeting, and the ex-Carrera Cup racer should provide a stern test for the class regulars out to score valuable points.
Mortimer has been setting the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge pace, the series providing a home for GT3 Porsches formerly eligible for the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, but a non-finish early in the season handed Graeme Mundy the points advantage and Mortimer has driven hard to finally take the lead again, claiming seven of the ten rounds to date. Mundy has been right with him in recent races, and would love to end his season with a win at a circuit that should let the GT3s really stretch their legs.
Steven Liquorish has been another Class One regular in his distinctive black 997 GT3, and should be chasing a GT3 podium place, while 2010 Driver of the Year Pete Smallwood returns after missing August’s Oulton Park rounds.
Bolstering the Class Two field will be British GT team manager and experienced racer Piers Masarati, while two other drivers making their 2011 Class Two debut will be Dave Fissenden, who contested the Silverstone rounds in 2010, and Mark Cowne, the latter making his race debut at the weekend in a Paragon run 996 GT3 Cup..
The GT3 Cup Challenge runners with be sharing the circuit with the Porsche Club Championship runners plus an invitation class, with qualifying at 11.05 on Friday (September 30th) morning, and the first race that afternoon at 15.30. First race on Saturday morning is at 10.30, with the final 25-minute race of the season at 14.30.
Driver of the Year Standings:
Oly Mortimer 945
Graeme Mundy 930
Steve Liquorish 845
Yucel Ozbek 428