Two of our profiled drivers were racing over the weekend: Leonard Motorsport (Paul Wilson and Stuart Leonard) in the VLN, and Steve Liquorish in the UK Porsche Carrera Cup.
The VLN duo managed to qualify in tenth position for their inaugural VLN race, (even though they’d only managed three laps during the test day) and as it got under way Stuart had gained three places by turn two. He was nudged off the edge of the circuit a couple of corners later and dropped back to ninth. One driver change and two DNFs in front of them later, and they came across the line in a very creditable seventh place.
This is a great achievement from Stuart and Paul, who out-qualified works-team professionals in their back yard. “There’s more to come,” says Paul “I am confident we’ll see a podium this year.”
The only dampener to the weekend was the addition of an FIA-spec logger which seemed to play merry hell with the Video VBOX, so the team couldn’t use their OLED display or record any video. We’ll make do with this photo:
And here’s a video of Paul at the wheel, recorded during one of their testing laps the week before:
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In the Carrera Cup, Steve Liquorish who is competing in the Pro-Am2 class, had an outstanding weekend finishing first and second in the class, withstanding an onslaught from Peter Kyle-Henney (Parr Motorsport) in the second half of race one. “I’m chuffed to bits, particularly because qualifying wasn’t brilliant. I dropped a bit of time at the start when Victor Jimenez (Redline Racing) bogged down. Then I saw Peter coming strongly, so I had to keep pushing.”
Superb performance from Steve in his brand-spanking new 991!