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PORSCHE JUNIOR HARPER HEADS CARRERA CUP GB PRACTICE AT BRANDS HATCH

The final weekend of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup GB season got underway at Brands Hatch with 17-year-old Porsche GB 2018 / 2019 Junior Dan Harper (JTR) setting the fastest time during Friday’s Practice sessions. Harper was one of only two drivers to lap the famous Grand Prix circuit in under 1:28s, the Junior ended the day just 0.091s ahead of championship hopeful Tom Wrigley (JTR). Title contenders Dino Zamparelli (Redline Racing) and Tio Ellinas (Slidesports Engineering) were also in the mix alongside Lewis Plato (JTR) – in the afternoon session all five drivers were covered by a mere 0.340s.

The Pro-Am category was equally close, Dan Vaughan (Motorbase Performance) topped the morning session while title rival Jamie Orton (JTR) recorded the quickest lap in the afternoon. Returnee Rory Collingbourne (Redline Racing) was hot on the pair’s heels in FP1, while championship contender Seb Perez (Amigos Team Parker) was third quickest in FP2. Of the Am category runners Peter Mangion (Team Parker Racing) led Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) from David Fairbrother (Slidesports Engineering) in both Friday sessions.  

Upon his return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) was consistent throughout both Practice sessions, while veteran racer Mike Wilds (Redline Racing) gained speed as he became accustomed to driving his ‘Type 991’ GT3 Cup car at the circuit where he made his Formula One debut in 1974.

Session 1 – 11:30 to 12:15
Track temperature: 20.0 degrees

  • In dry and sunny conditions the first drivers onto the track in each category were: Tom Jackson (GT Marques) – Pro, Justin Sherwood (Team Parker Racing) – Pro-Am, Peter Mangion (Team Parker Racing) – Am
  • Tom Wrigley (JTR) set the early pace in the session with a time of 1:29.475 from George Gamble (Amigos Team Parker) and 17-year-old Porsche GB 2018 / 2019 Junior Dan Harper (JTR)
  • Returning Pro category driver Michael Caine (Motorbase Performance) quickly got up to speed, posting the fourth fastest time overall
  • In Pro-Am Seb Perez (Amigos Team Parker) led Dan Vaughan (Motorbase Performance) from Sherwood
  • Mangion was the early Am category pacesetter from Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) and Richard Hawken (Slidesports Engineering)
  • With 10 minutes of the session completed, Pro-Am returnee Rory Collingbourne (Redline Racing) posted a time good enough for P2 in category
  • With just over 30 minutes of the session remaining championship rivals Dino Zamparelli (Redline Racing) and Tio Ellinas (Slidesports Engineering) took to the track for the first time
  • Harper was the first driver to post a lap time under 1:29s with a time of 1:28.839, Zamparelli soon leaped ahead with a time of 1:28.579, Ellinas joined the pair by also lapping in under 1:29s
  • With 15 minutes of the session remaining the Pro order was: Zamparelli, Ellinas, Harper. Vaughan led Pro-Am from Jamie Orton (JTR) and Collingbourne. Mangion headed Am from Dockerill and David Fairbrother (Slidesports Engineering)
  • In the final minutes of the session Zamparelli and Harper both improved, Zamparelli ultimately coming out on top with a time of 1:28.282
  • Just before the flag fell Pro-Am Rookie Vaughan jumped into P3 overall setting a time just 0.204 slower than Harper in P2
  • Pro: Zamparelli, Harper (+0.272), Ellinas (+0.525)
  • Pro-Am: Vaughan, Orton (+0.856), Collingbourne (+1.118)
  • Am: Mangion, Dockerill (+0.538), Fairbrother (+1.151)

Session 2 – 16:05 to 16:45
Track temperature: 18.3 degrees

  • The early pacesetters in the afternoon’s dry and sunny session were, Pro: 17-year-old Porsche GB 2018 / 2019 Junior Dan Harper (JTR), Pro-Am: Dan Vaughan (Motorbase Performance), Am: Peter Mangion (Team Parker Racing)
  • Harper and Tom Wrigley (JTR) were the first drivers to lap in a representative time under 1:28s, the Junior sitting ahead of Wrigley
  • With less than 30 minutes of the session remaining Harper led Wrigley from Tom Jackson (GT Marques) in the Pro category
  • In Pro-Am Vaughan led Seb Perez (Amigos Team Parker) from Jamie Orton (JTR)
  • Mangion continued to lead in Am with Iain Dockerill (Asset Advantage Racing) and Richard Hawken (Slidesports Engineering) behind
  • With 20 minutes of the session remaining Wrigley jumped to P1 overall while Orton moved to head the Pro-Am category drivers
  • Lewis Plato (JTR), Wrigley and Tio Ellinas (Slidesports Engineering) traded fastest overall times, Plato and Ellinas being separated by just 0.001s
  • Dino Zamparelli (Redline Racing) topped the timesheet with five minutes of the session remaining, he was quickly displaced by Harper and Wrigley – both recording the day’s first lap times under 1:27s
  • Orton then displaced his Pro-Am category rivals, leading Perez and Vaughan
  • In the final moments of the session Ellinas jumped to P3 with a lap 0.224 slower than Harper in P1
  • Pro: Harper, Wrigley (+0.091), Ellinas (+0.224)
  • Pro-Am: Orton, Perez (+0.171), Vaughan (+0.321)
  • Am: Mangion, Dockerill (+0.455), Fairbrother (+0.719)

Qualifying for round fifteen, the milestone 300th race since the championship’s inception in 2003, will take place tomorrow between 13:35 and 14:05, with drivers fighting for the two points awarded in 2018 for the fastest time posted in each category over the course of the session.

Source. Porsche

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