Donington GTCup debut for CRH Racing

CRH Racing make their GT Cup debut this coming weekend (April 23rd and 24th) at the Donington Park, East Midlands, circuit, taking on the challenge of the competitive series against some of the big names of British sportscar racing. Drivers Jonathan Evans and Tom Bradshaw will team up in their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for three races over the weekend, Tom sharing driving duties with Jonathan in the longest race on Sunday afternoon, which features compulsory pit-stops to make it a real ‘team’ event.A typical GT Cup race weekend features two 25-minute ‘sprint’ races on the Saturday with a headline and 50-minute ‘pit-stop’ races on the Sunday, with a separate qualifying session each morning. Visiting the UK’s leading circuits across the season, the GT Cup attracts some of the best known teams and drivers in British GT racing, making the races action-packed and rewarding professionalism and commitment over a busy weekend.“We are excited about the weekend,” said Jonathan, who finished third overall in last season’s Porsche Club Championship. “It will be my first time out in the car in a competitive environment - I’ve driven it twice before and it is very different to anything else I have raced so it should be a good challenge.“It’s great that there are quite a few other Porsches in our class which evens things out a bit, but there are a lot of people there who have been doing it a long time so the first meeting will be a bit of a baptism by fire! I get to do the two sprint races on the Saturday and will have a lot of time behind the wheel, so it could be a tiring weekend but one we are looking forward to and we have lots of family, friends and sponsors coming down!”“It looks like it should be a strong GT Cup season this year with a lot of good drivers in very good cars,” said Bolton-based Tom. “It should be a full grid and we are all really looking forward to the challenge. I’m classed as a ‘professional’ driver under the rules of the series so Jonathan has to do the sprint races and I am only allowed in the car for Sunday’s endurance race.“I can work with him on car set-up and we will be looking to get the Porsche as good as we can, but I love racing and am really looking forward to not only the driving but also working with the team over the weekend.”The team’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a built for the track pure racecar with over 400BHP and the refinement that comes from Porsche’s many years of successful involvement in motorsport. Up against cars from leading manufacturers such as Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin and Audi, the Porsche is a proven winner in the series and will be right on the pace against the 2016 contenders.Trach action starts early on Saturday morning with a practice session prior to qualifying at 12.10. The two sprint races are scheduled for 15.50 and 18.05 Saturday afternoon. Sunday’s qualifying session is at 12.25 with the 50-minute pit-stop race set for a 15.00 start.