In front of family and friends, John McCullagh ended his home Porsche Carrera Cup GB race weekend at Croft Circuit on the podium, after an eventful two races in his newly-liveried Inlec.com-backed 911 GT3.
It was a busy local race meeting for the 52-year old Teesside driver – not only was he celebrating Father’s Day with his two sons, Tom and Sam, but his 911 GT3 was sporting a new colour scheme and he was being supported by former British long jump record holder and three times Olympian, Chris Tomlinson, who took time out of his busy training schedule to visit Croft and watch his fellow Middlesbrough-born sportsman compete.
The race build up went well, with 70 trouble-free laps in testing, an extremely strong Free Practice performance and a Qualifying best that was 1.5 seconds quicker than he’d recorded at Croft last year. Qualifying wasn’t without incident, however, with a spin and an overshoot at Sunny In, before he set a comfortable 6th fastest in Pro-Am1.
Round 7 proved to be a bruising 15 lap race. After a good standing start from the outside of Row 8, John held position on the opening laps and soon pressurised Peter Jennings into a spin at Sunny. John settled into a good rhythm, moving from 16th to 14th overall, before Dan McKay made an ambitious lunge down the inside turning into the Complex, knocking John into a spin across the grass. With a broken wheel, bent suspension and smoke pouring from the read left tyre, John managed to complete the final two laps to record another points-scoring finish, coming home 4th in class and 17th overall.
Drizzle and slick tyres meant Round 8 would be a tricky race, as John made another good start from the inside of Row 7 on the rolling start. In a textbook inch-perfect performance, the Inlec-backed driver soon moved into 3rd in Pro-Am1 – and going on to finish his home Porsche Carrera Cup GB race meeting in front of family and friends with a well deserved podium.
John McCullagh said: “On balance we’ve had a great weekend, running at a quick pace and against extremely quick competition, which made a podium finish hard to find. After a difficult race one, we were rewarded with a trophy and a bottle of champagne after a solid finish in race two. I’m now looking forward to celebrating the rest of Father’s Day in style with family and friends.”
The next rounds of the Porsche Carerra Cup GB take place at Snetterton (30-31 July) – although John will be back behind the wheel of various modern and classic Porsche racing cars next weekend, as he drives for Porsche GB at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (17-19 June).