911 in Motorsport: Porsche Carrera Cup GB Brands Hatch finale
Michael Meadows has done this before. Winning championships requires clear thinking as well as remarkable speed. Last season, Meadows showed this, wrapping up the title with a round to spare.
In 2013 though, the British racer has been taken to the wire by Lithuanian star, Jonas Gelzinis. Entering the previous round at Silverstone, Gelzinis had closed to within four points of Meadows in the points standings.
The home of the British Grand Prix once again proved a happy hunting ground for the defending champion though, and the pair now enter this weekend’s deciding double-header with 17 points separating them.
Every time Meadows has pulled clear in the title race this year, Gelzinis has doggedly pulled him back. And, after dominating race one on the Grand Prix circuit last year, the Gelzinis will be confident ahead of the final round.
“Brands Hatch is always my favourite track and I will be doing my best”, said Gelzinis, who was recently at Oschersleben for the 2014 Porsche International Scholarship.
Meadows is understandably wary of the threat from Gelzinis, despite having an increased advantage coming away from Silverstone. “Brands GP is a fantastic circuit and I’d love to go there and win it in style”, he said. “But Jonas will be fast there: he’s been fast everywhere.
Third place in the championship is still up for grabs too. That position is currently occupied by Scot, Rory Butcher. The third-year driver from Fife, has enjoyed a late season boost in form, resulting in a double win at Rockingham.
During Butcher’s ascendency, Dean Stoneman was absent from Rockingham after incurring the wrath of the championship stewards. However, a win at Silverstone two weeks ago catapulted the Total 911 ‘one to watch’ right back into the reckoning.
In the season opener, Stoneman took an impressively dominant double win on the ‘Indy’ layout at the Kent venue. With pretty much a season’s experience under his belt, the ex-FIA F2 champion will be looking for a repeat result at on the Grand Prix loop.
Daniel Lloyd is also in the thick of that battle, ensuring that throughout the field, Porsche 911 GT3 Cups will be dicing for positions both on the track and it the final championship standings.
Race one takes place at 10:00am on Sunday 13 October, with the final race of the season broadcast live on ITV4 at 3:35pm.