Jack Falla shows pace in Carrera Cup GB

Jack Falla showed excellent pace in the opening two rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Brands Hatch (4/5 April) but his speed went largely unrewarded after a slower car ended his strong run in the second race of the weekend.Falla (26) from Guernsey was making his championship debut with Redline Racing and was racing on the same programme as his mentor and British Touring Car Championship front-runner fellow Guernseyman Andy Priaulx.With a superb 28-car field of 460bhp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars on the grid, the standard for the season is incredibly high and the entry includes former champions Michael Meadows and Josh Webster. A huge crowd was on hand to see the action, which was also screened live on ITV4.On Saturday, Jack qualified 14th fastest overall and fourth in Pro-Am1, little more than a second away from overall pole and just six-tenths down on the fastest car in the Pro-Am1 category. “We had really good pace and we were as high as third fastest overall at one point in qualifying,” he reported after a strong start to his campaign.In race one, later on Saturday, Jack was embroiled in some fierce battling and was edged back to an eventual 18th overall and fifth in Pro-Am1. However, the early laps of race two on Sunday showed Jack’s true pace. “In Sunday’s race I was up to ninth when I got taken out by a backmarker,” he said.After being tipped into a spin at Druids Hairpin, Jack was powerless to do anything as a slower car spun and clipped the front of his Porsche. With the front radiator damaged, his race was over after 12 of 33 laps.“I hope we’ve got our bad luck out of the way at the start of the season. We go to Spa next and that should be a lot better as there is a lot more room on the track there.”The Carrera Cup GB now moves to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for rounds three and four at the famous Belgian Grand Prix venue. Many drivers rate the circuit as the best in the world and Jack is clearly looking forward to racing at such a famous track.Support for Jack’s programme comes from Bausele Watches, Vesaro Simulators, Illest and Nicky Grist Motorsport Ltd.

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