Parker stars shine in Carrera cup but are left frustrated

Team Parker Racing’s Porsche Carrera Cup GB aces provided much of the best action over the second race weekend of the season at Donington Park, but the Leicestershire team was disappointed to come away from the weekend with just one podium to show for its efforts.Up-and-coming Yorkshire trio Daniel Lloyd, Sam Tordoff and Richard Plant all enjoyed some hectic battling, and it was Lloyd who grabbed the team’s best result of the weekend – after swiping third place from Tordoff on the final lap of the weekend.Lloyd topped the timesheets in Friday’s test session, but when it came to qualifying on Saturday an imbalance in his car consigned him to sixth and eighth on the two grids. Tordoff led the team’s charge, with a front-row starting spot for race two and third for race one, while Plant was fifth for both races.In the opening race on Sunday, both Tordoff and Plant got magnificent starts to take second and third respectively. Tordoff looked strong for a good result, until he missed a gear at the chicane and accidentally hit the pitlane speed-limiter button, relegating him to fifth.Now Plant, a winner at the opening round at Brands Hatch, was second, but a left-rear puncture forced him into the pits. Although he dropped to the back of the field, he was able to recover to 15th and claim a valuable championship point.Tordoff closed back onto the leading train, and at the finish of the race was just a second adrift of overall victory to take fourth in an incredibly close fight.Lloyd had an unfortunate start. Team Parker Racing’s pro-am1 driver Michael Leonard got hit from behind and was punted into Lloyd at the first corner. And, like Tordoff, Lloyd also hit his pitlane speed-limiter button! From there, he did a fine job to recover to eighth by the finish.In the second race, Tordoff led Plant and Lloyd in third, fourth and fifth positions. When Tordoff ran wide at the fast Coppice bend, Plant slipped ahead into third. Then Plant also ran wide, in his case at Redgate, allowing his team-mates through. With the bit between his teeth, a charging Lloyd was able to get past Tordoff on the final lap.The results mean that Team Parker Racing men Tordoff, Plant and Lloyd are third, fourth and equal fifth in the championship after two race weekends. The squad lies second in the teams’ championship.Team principal Stuart Parker said: “The last three laps of that second race – wow! That was a nervous time. I think the best way to describe the weekend is frustrating. We had really strong pace, but unfortunately we didn’t use it to our advantage. There were too many silly little things that went wrong and we didn’t get the results our speed deserved.“Daniel had a monster drive in race one – I think he passed 11 cars and raced so well, so it’s a shame his problem in qualifying didn’t allow him to do himself justice. And in the second race he used his head to pick them off – he raced very intelligently.“Sam lost out in qualifying with traffic on his first set of tyres. He came on strong with his second set but the track wasn’t as quick then – I think realistically he should have been on the front row for both races. You’ve got to be pleased with two strong finishes though – that’s useful points.”“Things didn’t go quite right for Richard in qualifying and that was a bit annoying. He was doing a great job in race one, catching Michael Meadows for the lead, so his puncture was really disappointing. We should have had a double podium in that race.”PIERCE ON FORM AGAIN IN PRO-AM1Scotsman Derek Pierce completed his excellent start to the pro-am1 season by taking second in class in both races with his JD Pierce with Team Parker car.Pierce was second and third in class on the grid for the two races, and charged to a superb seventh overall in race one, including a pass on reigning British GT champion Glynn Geddie. In the second race he pushed class title rival Ahmad Al Harthy all the way but there was no path around the Omani.Team Parker Racing’s Michael Leonard had a strong first race to take fourth in class after his opening-corner incident with Lloyd. In the second race the Irishman was running just behind Pierce, third in class, when he got pushed off by a rival.In conjunction with Lloyd, Pierce’s scores have boosted JD Pierce with Team Parker to fourth in the teams’ championship, with Pierce a strong second in the pro-am1 driver’s standings.Team principal Stuart Parker said: “At this point of the year the main thing you need is solid points. It was a really strong weekend for Derek, and a good job done. Michael was a bit unlucky in the second race but he’s shown he can push Derek – he’s due a good result definitely.”As part of the ultra-popular British Touring Car Championship package, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB enjoyed live coverage of its second race at Donington Park on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, and was streamed live at itv.com/touringcars. The series now heads to the ultra-fast Thruxton circuit in Hampshire for the next round of April 28/29.