Last year John McCullagh clinched the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am2 title at an exciting season finale at Brands Hatch – and now the 52-year old North Yorkshire driver has everything to play for as he returns to the famous Kent track in a tight battle in Pro-Am1, in his 460bhp Inlec.com-backed 911 GT3.
Having stepped up to the Pro-Am1 category this season, John has been the epitome of speed and consistency – finishing all 14 races this season in a points-scoring position. He arrives at Brands Hatch tied for second place with arch rival Sean Hudspeth on 97 points, while Euan McKay leads the category on 140 points.
The final two rounds of the 2016 series take place around the 2.43 mile Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. With 11 iconic corners, including Paddock Hill, Druids, Hawthorns, Sheene Curve and Clearways, and the long flat-out Pilgrim’s Drop straight, it is one of British motorsport’s most famous venues – and a magnificent test of skill and bravery. John has gone well at Brands Hatch in the past – winning the Pro-Am2 title there in 2015, with victory in the final round of the series. John began this year’s Pro-Am1 campaign with victory at Brands Hatch too, around the shorter Indy Circuit.
Race weekend starts on Friday 30 September with two Free Practice sessions, beginning at 11.30 and 16.40. Qualifying takes place between 12.05-12.35 on Saturday (1 October) where the grid for both races will be determined by the fastest two laps recorded during the 30 minute session. Two 17 lap races take place on Sunday (2 October), as Round 15 begins with a standing start at 10.35 and the final race of the season, Round 16, gets underway with a rolling start at 16.17. Both races will be broadcast on www.itv.com/hub/itv4, with the season finale also live on ITV4.
John McCullagh said: “It’s wonderful to end the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, as it’s one of Britain’s great traditional tracks and one that I really enjoy racing on. It’s not used very often, so it’s a track that the drivers don’t know too well, and this makes it a great leveler and a great challenge. I’ve always gone pretty well at Brands Hatch in the past. Last year’s championship went down to the final round and I won the Pro-Am2 title at Brands Hatch. This year I’m in another big fight in the Pro-Am1 category, so once again there is everything to play for at the final race meeting. I hope it’s going to be another successful weekend for me at Brands Hatch, and we’re able to end a great season on the podium.”