Meadows takes Carrera Cup GB win at Donington Park

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2011 Carrera Cup GB Donington Park Meadows DoningtonMichael Meadows became the third winner in four races when he scored his debut championship win in round four of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park  (Sunday 17 April).

Meadows headed James Sutton home in an impressive one-two for the SAS/Redline team as Euan Hankey completed the overall podium. A tremendous fourth overall and Pro-Am1 win went to Jonas Gelzinis, while George Brewster won Pro-Am2 after a mighty battle with category rivals Andrew Shelley and Keith Webster.

“My start was the next best thing to perfect,” said Meadows after converting pole into a first lap lead from Sutton, Sam Tordoff (Team Parker Racing) and Hankey (Parker with Juta) before a gaggle of cars comprising Gelzinis (Juta Racing), Stephen Jelley (Parker with Juta), Tim Harvey (Nationwide/Motorbase) and Richard Plant (Team Parker Racing).

Lap by lap, the two SAS cars edged clear and Hankey moved through to third when Tordoff retired with an engine problem after 10 laps. Two laps later Hankey had a major moment at the chicane and nearly spun, which cost him the ground he had made on the two leaders and almost allowed Gelzinis to grab what had become third. That moment for Hankey ensured that Meadows and Sutton were away clear and they drove home for a one-two formation team finish.

“It’s never easy and I was trying all the time,” said Meadows, who became the second former Carrera Cup Scholarship winner to win a race. Sutton shadowed his team mate home. “I was comfortable behind Michael,” said Sutton. “We wanted a clinical one-two for the team.” Hankey accepted that the moment at the chicane cost him any chance of attacking Sutton, but he bagged his third podium in four races by moving clear of Gelzinis, Jelley, Harvey and Plant.

Gelzinis drove a well-judged race among the pro racers to clinch Pro-Am1 victory, while Ahmad Al Harthy (Redline/Oman Air) raced to second as Rory Butcher (Celtic Speed) fended off Daniele Perfetti (Motorbase Performance) to complete the Pro-Am1 podium. “That’s the best weekend I’ve had so far,” said Al Harthy.

The battle for Pro-Am2 was one of the highlights of the races as Brewster (Celtic Speed) battled with Redline Racing team mates Shelley and Webster. At one point they ran three abreast into Redgate at the height of the battle as Brewster just held on to a lead he grabbed from Shelley off the line. “It was a good race,” said Brewster. “Once I got a break I was able to hold it,” he added as Shelley fought back ahead of Webster to take second. “It was fantastic; the best race I’ve been in,” said Webster.

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