Tordoff wins Carrera Cup GB round seven

Sam Tordoff scores first overall victory Victor Jimenez takes Pro-Am1 winWill Goff wins in Pro-Am2 Sam Tordoff was the star of the race in round seven of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park today (Sunday 10 June) as the young Yorkshireman drove a faultless race under constant pressure to take his first win in the championship.Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) won from pole while Michael Meadows (Redline Racing) and Jonas Gelzinis (Juta Racing) battled hard for second as they raced nose-to-tail around the challenging Cheshire track. Victor Jimenez (Redline/Oman Air) raced to the head of Pro-Am1, while Will Goff (Goff Racing) took a commanding win in Pro-Am2.Tordoff set the seal on his victory with a great start, but it was only in the final five laps that he could even start to relax as Meadows and Gelzinis were a constant threat. But Tordoff never put a wheel wrong and controlled the race superbly as Meadows had to balance attacking for the lead with defending against a persistent attack from Gelzinis.“That was fantastic,” said Tordoff after a breakthrough victory. “I got a great start and Michael never really got close enough to mount a serious challenge,” said Tordoff. “I had that bit of a cushion but it was pressure all the way.” In turn, Meadows had to contend with the challenge of Gelzinis and, in the closing stages, they were side-by-side several times as the Lithuanian driver attacked.Eventually, Meadows was able to secure second place but Gelzinis was less than half a second behind at the flag. “We were all quick in different places,” said Meadows. “Unless I got past Sam in the first two laps I was never going to overtake him. Off the racing line the track was very dirty.” Gelzinis never stopped trying, but didn’t get the chance he needed to take second. “I pushed really hard and we went side-by-side,” said Gelzinis.Behind the leading trio, Daniel Lloyd (JD Pierce with Parker) ran a close fourth initially, but dropped back a little and was being caught over the closing laps by Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) after Butcher tigered ahead of Ben Barker (Parr Motorsport).Derek Pierce (JD Pierce with Parker) made the early running in Pro-Am1, but a sideways moment at the Island Hairpin dropped him behind Jimenez. “My own fault,” said Pierce. “I missed the blip on the down change into second and Victor was beside me.” Once through, Jimenez eased away as Pierce had to defend second place from Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air). With a storming opening salvo, Al Harthy got onto Pierce’s bumper, but that was how they stayed as Pierce never allowed his rival any opportunity.In Pro-Am2, Tautvydas Barstys (Juta Racing) led away from pole but an early spin at Cascades cost him time and put Goff clear at the head of the category. “Everything was fine,” said Goff. “But the gym programme starts on Monday,” he added after 18 tough laps of Oulton Park.Round seven results:Pro category: 1 Sam Tordoff; 2 Michael Meadows; 3 Jonas GelzinisPro-Am1 category: 1 Victor Jimenez; 2 Derek Pierce; 3 Ahmad Al HarthyPro-Am2 category: 1 Will Goff; 2 Tautvydas Barstys

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