Tordoff and Meadows share Carrera Cup GB poles
Sam Tordoff and Michael Meadows each take a pole positionVictor Jimenez takes double pole in Pro-Am1Tautvydas Barstys sets the mark in Pro-Am2 Sam Tordoff and Michael Meadows took a pole position each during a dramatic qualifying session for rounds seven and eight of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park today (Saturday 9 June).As track conditions improved throughout the 30-minute session the times tumbled and Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) finally claimed pole for round seven with a best lap eight-tenths of a second inside the existing lap record. However, Meadows (Redline Racing) made it seven poles for eight races by posting pole for round eight, while Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) in Pro-Am1 and Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) in Pro-Am2 headed their respective categories.With the rain clearing and the track starting to dry, most drivers opted to start the session on slick tyres even though the dry line was still emerging. By mid-session the times were improving every lap and the time charts changed constantly as drivers pushed ever harder. Finally, a mighty lap from Tordoff secured pole for round seven as he became the only driver to break the 1m23s barrier. “I’m ecstatic,” said Tordoff. “We needed this after Thruxton and I knew I had it in me. The circuit was dry apart from water running across at Cascades, but you couldn’t afford to go off line.”Meadows was second fastest, but did the best second fastest lap to secure pole for round eight, with Tordoff next up. “Every lap was changing,” said Meadows. “The pace is unbelievable compared to last year when it was fully dry and warm. You’ve got to be on the front row here,” he added of a track where overtaking can be very difficult.Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) and Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Team Parker) were third and fourth fastest and then reversed their positions for round eight. Gelzinis was always in contention but Lloyd had to push very hard after missing some of the early session when a water pipe detached. “It’s not what we wanted, but it could have been worse,” said Lloyd.Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing) and Glynn Geddie (Redline Racing) each took a fifth and a sixth place in the very competitive Pro category, with Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport) and Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) sharing seventh and eighth.Jimenez drove superbly in Pro-Am1 to end Ahmad Al Harthy’s run of six pole positions from the previous six races, as the Spanish racer clinched category pole for both races. “The track conditions made it very difficult,” said Jimenez, who continues to increase his pace as his experience builds. Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Team Parker) and Oly Mortimer (GT Marques) shared second and third in Pro-Am1 and kept points’ leader Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) back in fourth for both races.“The first set of tyres was amazing, but I couldn’t hook up the second set,” said Pierce, who was among the top three overall in the first half of the session. Mortimer, meanwhile, played a waiting game and only used one set of new tyres when he pushed later in the session. In Pro-Am2, Barstys headed Will Goff (Goff Racing) for both races as the Lithuanian racer tagged onto the tail of the Pro-Am1 times. Goff, however, was frustrated and knew that he could have been quicker after leaving his car on full wet settings as the circuit dried out.Round seven grid:Pro category: 1 Sam Tordoff (1m22.962s); 2 Michael Meadows (1m23.008s); 3 Jonas Gelzinis (1m23.171s).Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m23.913s); 2 Derek Pierce (1m24.280s); 3 Oly Mortimer (1m24.296s). Pro-Am2 category: 1 Tautvydas Barstys (1m25.833s); 2 Will Goff (1m28.196s).Round eight grid:Pro category: 1 Michael Meadows (1m23.147s); 2 Sam Tordoff (1m23.228s); 3 Daniel Lloyd (1m23.471s).Pro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez (1m24.254s); 2 Oly Mortimer (1m24.433s); 3 Derek Pierce (1m24.575s).Pro-Am2 category: 1 Tautvydas Barstys (1m25.987s); 2 Will Goff (1m28.380s).