- Chris Ashby
Team Redline Racing Enjoy Porsche Podium Flurry At Thruxton
Team Redline Racing scooped a quartet of podium finishes at Thruxton this past weekend (August 27/28) as the battle for supremacy in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB further intensified.
Riding a wave of momentum after returning to winning ways last time out, the Teesside-based team maintained its recent run of fine form with another superlative display at Thruxton as Adam Smalley and Nathan Harrison each made two visits to the rostrum over the course of the weekend.
Fine-tuning the set-up of their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars during Friday’s two practice sessions around the Hampshire speedbowl, qualifying on Saturday afternoon proved to be as competitive as ever in the one-make series.
Battling the demands of the 2.36-mile circuit, Smalley led the line by storming to third on the timesheets, whilst Matthew Graham and Oli White made it three Redline cars inside the top ten - finishing eighth and tenth respectively. Not far behind those three were Harrison and Micah Stanley, who secured 13th and 14th.
Race one saw the team enjoy a double podium celebration as both Smalley and Harrison added to their silverware collections. Holding position off the line, Porsche GB Junior Smalley didn’t put a wheel wrong and in the latter stages he repelled a charge from Theo Edgerton to secure his seventh podium of the year.
Further back, Harrison bagged his third successive Pro-Am class podium as he stormed to second whilst the duo of Graham and White made progress inside the top ten. Stanley rounded out a strong outing for the team as he crossed the line in 13th.
Smalley and Harrison were back on the podium in Sunday’ second, slightly shortened race to cap off a strong day at the office. Starting on the outside of the front row, race winner Smalley didn’t put a wheel wrong as he enjoyed a relatively untroubled run to the chequered flag.
Harrison meanwhile chalked up yet another runner-up finish in the Pro-Am category to strengthen his championship charge. Graham added to his points tally with another fine drive to sixth whilst White and Stanley were eighth and 13th.
Unfortunately the team were one car shorter than usual at Thruxton, with Nigel Rice unable to compete following his high-speed crash in the previous rounds at Snetterton.
Simon Leonard – Managing Director: “It’s been another strong weekend for the whole team! We came into this event in high spirits so to come away with double podium finishes for both Adam and Nathan is fantastic.
“Matty had one of those ‘under the radar’ weekend’s, but he managed to score some points that could prove pivotal come the end of the season, you just never know. Both Oli and Micah enjoyed solid, consistent drives too which was great.
“We’ve now got little under a month until the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone so we can take stock of everything and make sure we hit the ground running for one final push."
Team Redline Racing are next in Porsche Carrera Cup GB action at Silverstone on September 24/25, however prior to that they will enjoy a British GT Championship and Porsche Sprint Challenge GB double-header at Brands Hatch on September 10/11.
Image from Porsche GB.