John McCullagh is, like most proud dads, aiming to celebrate Father’s Day with his family – but rather than spend it relaxing, the young at heart 52-year old will be aiming for another points-scoring finish in his 460bhp Inlec.com-backed 911 GT3, as he contests Rounds 7 and 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at his local Croft circuit (18-19 June).
Cheering John on from the pit garage will be his two sons Tom (18) and Sam (21), and his wife Clare – and supporting him nonetheless from Hong Kong will be his daughter Alice (24).
Born in Middlesbrough, John lives so close to Croft that he plans to cycle to the track each morning – just as he did last year. The early morning warm-up certainly paid dividends 12 months ago, as a whitewash of class poles, fastest laps and race wins proved to be the turning point in his Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am2 title-winning season.
Having moved up to the Pro-Am1 category, which has some of the best young up-and-coming drivers in the series, John still has his sights firmly set on the podium – and having already won the class twice this season, it’s a very realistic goal.
Ahead of the big race weekend, John will drive the Redline Racing car at the official Porsche Carrera Cup GB test at Croft on Tuesday (14 June).
John McCullagh said: “I had a great race meeting at Croft last year, with two class poles, two fastest laps, two race wins and the ‘Driver of the Weekend’ award. To achieve that at any race meeting is great, but it was extra special to do it at my local track, in front of family and so many friends. Having moved up to the Pro-Am1 category, the racing is a lot more competitive – but I’ll still be aiming for two strong podium race finishes.
“Whilst Croft is only a thirty minute ‘bike ride away from my home, I only get to race there once a year and I even know Brands Hatch and Oulton Park better, but it’s still a very special place in my heart. I love racing at Croft, as it’s a challenging circuit. There are some very high-speed sections, particularly the Jim Clarke Esses, the Hairpin is probably the slowest corner in British motor racing and the surface is quite abrasive, so you really have to think about tyre management during the race. Another big crowd is expected, the atmosphere will be electric and I’m really looking forward it.”