GP2 DRAMA SET TO CON­TINUE PORSCHE SU­PER­CUP CAR­RERA CUP GB STARS TAKE ON WORLD’S BEST

F1 feeder se­ries should pro­vide ex­cit­ing races

Motor Sport News - - Supports - Af­ter 3/10 rounds

It’s not just sin­gle-seaters that will be in ac­tion this week­end at Sil­ver­stone. Sportscars will be rep­re­sented by the Porsche Su­per­cup, which will have a sin­gle race on Sun­day morn­ing.

The Su­per­cup grid will be bol­stered by the tra­di­tional in­va­sion of driv­ers from the Car­rera Cup GB, but this year even more Brits will be tak­ing part in the race than usual. Seven of the TOCA sup­port se­ries driv­ers will com­pete, along with 2014 cham­pion Josh Web­ster, who will join Bri­tish se­ries reg­u­lars Ben Barker and Paul Rees.

For the Car­rera Cup rac­ers, de­spite com­pet­ing in the same car, there is still plenty for them to get used to be­sides the much big­ger crowds and global TV au­di­ence. Char­lie East­wood, the Car­rera Cup Scholar mak­ing his Su­per­cup de­but, says: “Ev­ery­one talks about be­ing on the F1 rub­ber. Qual­i­fy­ing starts just af­ter F1 prac­tice so we could be nearly three sec­onds a lap faster than the last time out so it’s a lot dif­fer­ent.”

Although the pres­sure is off for the Car­rera Cup rac­ers as they aren’t scor­ing points, they will all be ea­ger to win the Bri­tish bat­tle for supremacy. In terms of their fiercest Su­per­cup ri­vals, Mat­teo Cairoli has been the man to beat so far this sea­son. The Ital­ian won the first two races and he will be look­ing to con­tinue that good form at Sil­ver­stone.

Viewed from the old press box on the out­side of the cir­cuit, the pre-chi­cane Wood­cote was an awe-in­spir­ing spec­ta­cle. From the cock­pit of a For­mula 1 car it must have been 100 times more awe­some. Jackie Ste­wart was head­ing for his first world cham­pi­onship in Ken Tyrrell’s Ma­tra-cos­worth MS80. His great friend Jochen Rindt, in his first year with Team Lo­tus in a Lo­tus- Cos­worth Type 49B, although re­garded as the fastest F1 driver, was still look­ing for his first grand prix vic­tory. From the fall of the flag, Jackie and Jochen were in a class of their own, trad­ing the lead within inches of each other for lap af­ter lap. No quar­ter was asked or given but it was al­ways with re­spect. At twothirds dis­tance they lapped the likes of Chris Amon, Pe­dro Ro­driguez, Gra­ham Hill, Jo Sif­fert and Piers Courage squab­bling over fifth place. Soon af­ter Rindt headed for the pits with a rear wing end plate col­laps­ing on to a tyre. It was soon fixed but then he had to make a sec­ond stop, this time for fuel, and the race was Ste­wart’s by over a lap from the Brab­ham-cos­worth BT26 of Jacky Ickx, with Rindt a frus­trated fourth.

East­wood (top) will be on the grid PORSCHE SU­PER­CUP POINTS

Jackie Ste­wart leads the Lo­tus of Jochen Rindt John Wat­son ended the drought for home wins

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