2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Oulton Park race report
For rounds five and six of the 2015 championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB headed to Oulton Park in Cheshire, the first time since 2013 that the series has visited the leafy park circuit in the north of England.
From the word ‘go’ on Friday, two names dominated the time sheets: Dan Cammish and Michael Meadows, with the latter narrowly besting the former in both practice sessions.
Come qualifying though it would be championship leader, Cammish who secured pole position for race one, lapping in a time of 1m22.117s, nearly three tenths of a second faster than Nicholas Latifi, with Stephen Jelley in third.
Meadows (who won both races the last time the Carrera Cup GB visited Oulton Park) could only manage fourth but the Samsung SUHD TV Racing driver did capture pole for race two, with the grid for the second encounter based on the drivers’ second fastest lap times.
Race one featured another dominant display from Cammish who quickly built a lead over Latifi of more than a second only to see it eradicated by a safety car period on lap eight.
Despite closer attentions from Meadows’ Samsung Racing teammate over the second half of the race, Cammish was able to control the pace from the front, eventually taking his fourth win of the season by 0.367 seconds.
Second place marked Latifi’s best finish of the year so far, while Stephen Jelley rounded off the podium having fended off the attentions of his Team Parker Racing teammate, Josh Webster in the latter stages.
Webster, who started sixth after a disappointing qualifying, quickly made his way passed Karl Leonard on lap four before moving into fourth during the safety car period when Michael Meadows headed to the pits to fix a loose hose on his engine.
From their, the reigning champion pressured his teammate for the remaining six laps but, with Oulton Park notorious for its lack of overtaking opportunities, Webster couldn’t find a way to snatch the final podium spot.
With Meadows’ car fixed and starting from pole for race two, the second encounter was sure to be an altogether different affair, with Cammish forced to come from behind if he wanted to take his fifth win in six races.
As it was, Meadows produced one of his best ever Carrera Cup drives to fend off the young pretender, breaking the Oulton Park lap record on his way to a first win of 2015.
Despite finishing just 0.333 seconds behind, Cammish had no answer for the two time champion as the leading duo stretched away from the field over the 18 lap encounter.
Behind, Webster rounded off a difficult weekend with third place, taking advantage of Latifi’s late-race puncture to take hard fought podium after fending off the advances of the ever-improving Tom Sharp.
The result saw the Total 911 columnist close to within four points of teammate, Jelley in the points standings, although another strong weekend for Cammish has seen the latter increase his championship lead over Jelley to 27 points.
There’s now just a three week break until the next round of the Carrera Cup GB, which will see the circus head to Croft on 27-28 June, the scene of a double victory for Webster last season.
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