Not long to wait now. Carrera Cup GB season starts at Brands Hatch on the weekend of 1st/2nd April. Greg and the Boys at G-Cat Racing will be looking after the number 31 and 30 cars of Shamus and Peter Jennings again this season. I believe Greg again will deputise for Pete at the wheel of the number 30 car when Pete has to attend to other commitments. Carrera Cup GB is also joining forces with Carrera Cup France and the Benelux Countries for the Le-Mans 24hr Support Race which at the moment i believe will take place on the Saturday Morning before the start of the 24hr race and will be a 55 minute race distance. Looks like another great season ahead for Carrera Cup GB.
Here we go. Rounds 1 and 2 took place at Brands Hatch on 1st & 2nd April. Qualifying was a bit chaotic at a very wet Brands Hatch on Saturday 1st April which ended with Shamus in the No31 car 3rd P/AM2 and Greg deputising for Pete in the re-numbered 76 car on Pole P/AM1.
Sunday Race Day was a different story with the track all dried out for race 1 which was a rolling start. The safety car was out in the first couple of laps and when the race started again there was a lot of exciting battles through the whole field. Greg was in 1st place and that's where he finished the race with a brilliant drive all through and his first time on the winners step of the podium in Carrera Cup GB. Shamus was caught up in a very hard fought three way battle and ended the race in 2nd place.
Race 2 was from a standing start and Shamus who has a knack of getting off the line quickly took off like a scalded cat. Greg got bogged down on the start and had plenty of ground to make up which he did very quickly. Again Shamus was in the same three way battle and after some tenacious driving brought the No 31 car home in first place which gave him another Trophy on the top step of the Podium. Greg made up the time superbly and brought the No76 car home in second place which gave him a second Trophy also. The day ended with a First and Second place each which was great, and then Shamus was awarded the accolade of Driver Of The Weekend which gave him his third Trophy of the weekend. Five Trophy's between them this weekend. ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING WEEKEND for Shamus, Greg and everybody from the G-Cat Racing Team who had prepared the cars which ran faultlessly. Well Done All.
Rounds 3 and 4 were held at Donnington Park Race Circuit in Leicestershire. A big welcome back to Pete in the Number 30 car after his absence in rounds 1 and 2. Race 1 got under way and there were some titanic battles going on at this extremely fast circuit. Shamus towards the end of the race was battling hard for 2nd position when he was unceremoniously ushered into the gravel which was to finish his race early. Pete on the other hand was enthralling in his first race of the season finishing in first place and the top step of the podium. WELL DONE PETE.
Race 2 was just as exiting with battles going on all through the classes. Pete was spectacular again in this round and brought the No 30 car home in 2nd this time and another podium for him. Shamus had a great race this time with some epic battles which resulted in a 2nd place finish for him in the 31 car and a trip to the podium for him also.
In all a great weekend for Shamus, Pete and the G-Cat Racing Team. Great Teamwork Boys.
Round 5 and 6 Were at the famous Oulton Park Circuit in Cheshire. Both Shamus and Pete were on duty again this weekend in the No 31 and No 30 cars respectively. Race 1 was to turn out good and bad for the Ducales Liveried cars. There was a mad dash from the line which turned into carnage and unfortunately for Pete in the No 30 car another vehicle totally out of control came back across the track and wiped out the front of his car. This resulted in retirement for the whole weekend and a total re-shell of his car before the 24 hours of Le-Mans support race on 17th of June which will count as round 7 of Carrera Cup GB. Shamus on the other hand fought hard in the race, missed all of the carnage and brought the No 31 car home in second place and another Trophy. Race 2 on Sunday sadly without Pete was a bit calmer at the start and there were some great battles throughout the field including Shamus in another exciting race managing to bring it home second yet again and that gets him yet another Podium and Trophy. That's two for this weekend and another bag of points towards his total.
Next meeting is round 7 at Le-Mans THE BIG ONE as the Le-Mans 24 hour Support Race on Saturday Morning 17th June just before the start of the 24 hour. If you are there give a big shout out for the two Ducales Cars Run By Greg Caton and the boys at G-Cat Racing. Not sure of the numbers they will race with there but Shamus Jennings will be in his usual car and Greg Caton will be taking Pete Jennings place once again as he is unavailable for this meeting.
Now for the Le-mans adventure. I've just spent a fantastic 6 days at the Le-Mans 24hour race with Shamus Jennings and all of the G-cat racing team where they were running the two Ducales liveried Porsche Carrera Cup GB cars in the support race just a few hours before the start of the 24 Race which incidentally was won yet again by the Porsche 919 Hybrid Car.
Shamus was as usual driving his No 31 car now re-numbered 931 for this race and Greg Caton was driving the re-shelled No 30 car usually driven by Pete Jennings re-numbered 976 for this race.
First practice session was on Thursday which was going to be a hectic day with two practice sessions and qualifying all on the same day. Shamus's car ran faultlessly for all three sessions but unfortunately greg had a problem in free practice 1 where he kept loosing the brakes (not healthy in a Carrera Cup car). When Shamus and Greg came in after the first session the team were frantically trying to ready the cars for the second session including bleeding out the brakes on Greg's car. Both cars got out for the second session but the brake problem on Greg's was not sorted so he came back into the pit. The team then found the offside wheel bearing had failed causing the disc to push the pistons back into the caliper causing the braking problem. There was very little time to sort this before qualifying but the team worked extremely hard and fitted a new hub just in time. Qualifying came next and Shamus did very well for his first time at this track. Greg went for it full of the adrenaline caused by the pressure to get his car fixed and ended the session 1st in class class by a good two seconds which gave everybody concerned a good feeling for race day.
Now the race. It started in disaster for Greg as one of the drivers behind him thought he could drive around the outside of everybody at the first corner resulting in a trip into the gravel trap then back across the circuit wiping out the front of Greg's car which resulted in the end of the race for him (not a happy man). On the other hand Shamus was doing extremely well throughout the race finding himself in a fairly comfortable second place with some tough battles which lasted until the very last lap when a spin in the chicane put him back to third spot which is where he finished. Well done Shamus. Another trip to the podium for him and another Trophy. He then proceeded to cover everybody with his bottle of Champagne. A Massive Thanks to Shamus, Greg, Tony, Bert, Fin, Bob and Nick for such a fantastic 6 days. Also a big thanks to Porsche Carrera Cup staff for the Hospitality which was second to none.