Meadows takes Carrera Cup GB round two at Brands Hatch

Michael Meadows wins from the front as Daniel Lloyd leads the chaseOly Mortimer takes Pro-Am1 spoilsTautvydas Barstys claims first Pro-Am2 victoryMichael Meadows scored a resounding victory in round two of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch today (Sunday 1 April) with a faultless drive as Carrera Cup Scholarship driver Daniel Lloyd drove a great race to lead the pursuit and take second.After being penalised down to third place in Saturday’s opening race for exceeding the track limits, Meadows (Redline Racing) came back in style to win round two after leading from the lights to the flag. Both Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 provided first time victories as Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) and Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) took advantage of other drivers’ problems to head their respective categories in an action-packed race.Meadows swept ahead from the start as Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) slotted into a second place he would hold all race. The gap was seldom more than a second and Meadows had to deal with two safety car periods before finally taking the chequered flag after a drive that underlined his position as early season pacesetter. “It wasn’t easy but it was comfortable,” said Meadows. “Daniel was always there, but as long as I didn’t make a mistake I was okay.”Meadows didn’t make any mistakes and duly established an early points’ lead as Lloyd starred with a great performance to take second. “It’s been an amazing weekend,” said Lloyd, who has crashed out of the first race after a puncture. “I’m just glad we came back strongly today,” he added. “34 laps round here is tough, so I’m very pleased.” Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) made up a close-knit leading quartet and were always ready to pounce if either Meadows or Lloyd had made a mistake.A mighty recovery drive after a first corner knock sent him down to 13th place netted Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) a superb fifth place. However, out of luck was round one winner Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) who was given a drive through penalty for a false start before tigering back to take seventh place behind Chris Dymond (Parr Motorsport).With round one Pro-Am1 winner Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) out at the first corner after a clash, Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) fought ahead of Michael Leonard (Naas Court Hotel with Parker) and went on to win on the road. However, a five-second penalty for running wide at Graham Hill Bend cost Al Harthy victory and dropped him to third as Mortimer took over to win with George Brewster (Celtic Speed) right behind. “I didn’t expect that: I’m over the moon,” said Mortimer. Meanwhile, Brewster won the ‘driver of the weekend’ award for scoring his first Pro-Am1 podium after a trying weekend. Team Parker Racing earned the ‘team of the weekend’ award.The contest for Pro-Am2 featured changing fortunes and included a clash at Druids when Will Goff (Goff Racing) and Tania Mann (SIBSport) touched and spun. Mann later ended her race in the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend and it was Jean Glorieux (Speedlover) who headed the pack over the line. But he was also penalised five seconds for running wide and dropped to third so Barstys claimed victory after holding off the challenging Goff.Round Two results:Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows; 2 Daniel Lloyd; 3 Jonas GelzinisPro-Am1 category: 1 Oly Mortimer; 2 George Brewster; 3 Ahmad Al Harthy Pro-Am2 category: 1 Tautvydas Barstys; 2 Will Goff; 3 Jean Glorieux

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