A damp and misty Silverstone hosted the media day for Carrera Cup GB and 2015 will see virtually twice the number of cars on the grid, with a mix of returning drivers and new hands joining Porsche’s premiere Championship.
Overall winner from last year Josh Webster returns to defend his title, no doubt closely followed by Michael Meadows. Other familiar names include Steven Jelly, Dan Cammish (who guested last season) and Steven Liquorish.
Drivers joining for the season include Lithuanian driver Ignas Gelzinis, Candian Nicholas Latifi. Karl Leonard from Ireland rejoins after a short absence and Belfast-based Shamus and Peter Jennings jump up from a season in GT Cup last year.
A new rookie class brings in a slew of young single seater or sports car drivers, all under the age of 25, who will be chasing a separate prize fund of £80,000. The Rookie Class will operate its own separate points table, so drivers are also able to compete within one of the main championship categories: Professional, Professional Amateur 1 or Professional Amateur 2, thereby gaining the opportunity to win even more prize money from their respective classes.
The season kicks off at Brands Hatch on 4/5th April and will visit Spa-Francorchamps for its continental round in May but the Championship won’t be as closely tied to the BTCC programme as in previous seasons.
Text and photos: Chris Valentine