Oulton Park challenge for Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Meadows leads title race into rounds seven and eightAl Harthy and Mann head Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 battlesCheshire track is a drivers’ favouriteAfter a six-week spring break, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB is back in action at the scenic and challenging Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire next weekend (9/10 June) with Michael Meadows heading the title race after a magnificent start to the season.Rated by many drivers as one of their favourite tracks, Oulton Park is also incredibly popular with the fans and attracted record crowds to the BTCC weekend last season. This year should be just as popular as the 2012 action resumes and with both Carrera Cup races on Sunday afternoon, it will be an important day in the title contest for the overall, Pro-Am1 and Pro-Am2 categories.After the first six races, Meadows has taken a significant championship lead at the head of the points after scoring four wins in the 450bhp 911 GT3 Cup cars and his rivals know that they need to start pegging him back very soon.Fresh from racing at Monaco in the Porsche Supercup race supporting the Grand Prix, Meadows (Redline Racing) will arrive at Oulton Park with a 29-point lead and his consistent pace over the opening races shows that he will be very tough to beat. However, with 20 points for a win, he knows it could all change in just one race.Chasing Meadows, in a Pro category packed with fresh young talent, is Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and he has previously shown great pace at the three-dimensional Cheshire track. A debut win for the hard-charging Lithuanian racer cannot be far away.A truly memorable victory for Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) at Thruxton catapulted the Carrera Cup Scholarship racer into third in the points and he will be expected to be right in the forefront of the action on a track he knows well, while Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) is another driver poised for a debut win. Like Meadows, Barker heads to Oulton Park fresh from racing at Monaco, but in Ben’s case it was in a Classic Formula 3 car in which he took a resounding victory during the Grand Prix Historique.Sam Tordoff and Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing), Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) and Glynn Geddie (Redline Racing) pack out the Pro category and all have the potential to win, so it really will be wide open and qualifying will be as vital as ever at a track where overtaking is not an easy task.It has been a superb start to the season for Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) who has taken firm control of the Pro-Am1 category to establish a very strong 31-point lead over Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker), Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) and Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air). Though Pierce and Mortimer shared the wins at Brands Hatch when the season opened, Al Harthy has now won four times in a row and will be aiming to tighten his grip on Pro-Am1 by extending that winning sequence in Cheshire. Adding to the depth of quality in Pro-Am1 will be Yucel Ozbek (Redline/Marque 1) and Michael Leonard (Naas Court Hotel with Parker) and either of them could be on the podium.In Pro-Am2, Tania Mann (sibsport performance) is at the head of the points after making a strong impression in her debut Carrera Cup races. However, she will face renewed Pro-Am2 opposition at Oulton Park as Will Goff (Goff Racing) and Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) rejoin the contest.After qualifying at 11.45 on Saturday, round seven will start at 13.00 on Sunday, with round eight at 16.25. Both races are due to be broadcast on ITV4 during the extensive BTCC programme which runs from 11.30 until 16.00 and continues from 20.00 and 22.00.

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