John McCullagh hopes that a big haul of Porsche Carrera Cup GB points will be the icing on the cake, as the 52-year old North Yorkshire driver returns to Knockhill this weekend (13-14 August) in his Inlec.com-backed 911 GT3 in a close battle for the Pro-Am1 title.
His first ever visit to the picturesque Scottish circuit didn’t quite go to plan last year, with incident-filled races resulting in a rare DNF and a 4th in class finish. His worst points-scoring race weekend of 2015 didn’t prevent McCullagh from going on to take the Pro-Am2 title, but he’ll be aiming to score far more points this time as he arrives back in Knockhill third in the Pro-Am1 standings, just three points behind Sean Hudspeth and 24 points adrift of class leader Euan McKay. With just six races remaining, scoring well in both Rounds 11 and 12 at Knockhill are vitally important – although keeping out of trouble in two 32 lap races around the tight and twisty rollercoaster of a track is easier said than done.
McCullagh will be at Knockhill on Tuesday (9 August) for the official Porsche Carrera Cup GB test, before returning for Free Practice on Friday (12 August). Qualifying takes place between 14.15-14.45 on Saturday (13 August) where the grid for both races will be determined by the fastest two laps recorded during the 30 minute session. Two 32 lap races take place on Sunday (14 August), beginning at 10.15 and 15.40. Both will be broadcast on ITV4 and on www.itv.com/hub/itv4.
John McCullagh said: “After a disastrous first visit to Knockhill last year, I’m looking forward to returning and exercising those demons! Everything was going well in the build up to race day, and then it all went wrong – which was a shame, because Knockhill is a brilliant circuit to race on and one of the friendliest places to visit. The Scottish fans really give you a very warm welcome, and it will be another packed house and a great atmosphere at Knockhill this weekend.
“The Knockhill circuit is very tight and twisty, and the terrain is very undulating, making it a very exciting track to drive. It’s a short track too, so in a thirty two lap race there will be a lot of overtaking. I got tangled up overtaking a backmarker there last year, so that’s one of the things I’m keen not to repeat.
“As an engineer, I’m looking forward to the drive up to Knockhill and seeing the progress they’re making on the Queensferry Crossing. You have to admire the skill and determination of the people involved in constructing the new Forth Road Bridge, which is an amazing feat of engineering. And when we arrive, I’m looking forward to helping my team-mate Charlie Eastwood celebrate his 21st birthday. It’s certainly going to be another flat-out and fun Porsche Carrera Cup GB weekend, and I hope a good haul of points will be the icing on the cake.”