John McCullagh will hit a top speed approaching 160mph in his Inlec.com-backed 911 GT3 at one of the fastest circuits on the Porsche Carrera Cup GB calendar this weekend, when the second half of the 2016 series begins at Snetterton (30-31 July).
After a short family holiday and his son’s graduation, the 52-year old North Yorkshire driver is looking forward to racing again after a six week Carrera Cup break. Rounds 9 and 10 take place on the ultra-fast Norfolk track, which has seen McCullagh score well in the past – including clinching the Porsche Club title in 2013 and a Pro-Am2 class win there last year.
With eight of the 16 rounds remaining, the mid-season Snetterton race meeting is an important event. McCullagh is just one point behind his second placed 22-year old rival Sean Hudspeth, while 20-year old Pro-Am1 leader Euan McKay is just 14 points ahead. John hopes that consistency, as well as speed and experience, will continue to play to his advantage, as he’s the only Pro-Am1 driver racing at Snetterton this weekend with a 100% finishing record in 2016.
Qualifying takes place between 14.30-15.00 on Saturday (30 July) where the grid for both races will be determined. It will be a busy race day, with two 14 lap (42 mile) races on Sunday (31 July). The first starts at 09.15, the highlights of which may be broadcast on ITV4 before Round 10 is broadcast live at 15.25. The race can also be watched live on http://www.itv.com/hub/itv4 and will be available to watch from Monday (1 August) on the ITV website: http://www.itv.com/btcc/races.
John McCullagh said: “After a very relaxing summer break, it’s good to start the second half of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at a circuit I’m particularly fond of. Snetterton has been good to me in the past – I clinched the Porsche Club title there in 2013 and finished first and second in class in the two Carrera Cup races there last year, which really set us on the way to winning the Pro-Am2 title.
“We had a very good test at Snetterton on Tuesday. It was great to get back into the 911 GT3 Cup car after a six week break, and it worked well on the very fast and technical track. I was able to do about thirty trouble-free laps in the morning session, but then I had to leave the test early to go to Leeds Beck University to attend my son Sam’s graduation from the Carnegie School of Sport – which was a very proud moment for my wife Clare and I. Family always comes first, but now it’s fully-focused on the race weekend ahead, which begins with Free Practice tomorrow.”