Archie Hamilton enjoyed a solid weekend which resulted in points, as the Porsche Carrera Cup GB returned to Oulton Park for rounds five and six of the 2021 season.
Oulton Park’s combination of natural contours and tight corners gathers itself the reputation as the country’s toughest test for both car and driver. Heading into the weekend, Archie switched to Redline Racing, moving on from Brookspeed Racing whom he competed for in the previous four rounds of the championship.
Archie kick-started the weekend with a difficult qualifying session in the wet, placing the car in 7th within the Pro-Am category for round five. As the lights went out, Hamilton was eager to make up places and found the pace to cross the line in a respectable 4th within the Pro-Am category, holding his nerve and the racing line as he defended right up until the chequered flag to claim five points.
Hamilton lined up 13th overall and 4th in the Pro-Am category ahead of Sunday’s race, getting a strong start within the opening stint of the first lap. However, a yellow flag caused disruption to the race following a collision further up the field in which Archie was lucky to avoid. As the race resumed, Hamilton was quick to react, finding the pace to move up to P12 extending the gap between himself and the Amateur drivers.
Heading into the final five minutes of the race, it was still all to play for as Hamilton chased down the cars in front whilst defending from those behind. The British driver showcased his speed and talent as he crossed the line in 11th overall and 4th in the Pro-Am category.
The result of both races combined sees Archie move up to sixth in the Pro-Am championship standings with 23 points and plenty more opportunities to move higher up in the coming rounds. Archie will return to action over the weekend on 14-15 August, racing in support of the British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill.
“We didn’t have an ideal qualifying; it was my first time driving the car in the wet and I missed the peak of the wet tyres. We had a lot of work to do leading up to and within the first race, but I knew our pace in the dry is a lot stronger, so I was keen to make up some ground.
“The first race was a great result for myself and the Redline Racing team, I fought my way up the field and managed to claim a good handful of points and a good starting position for Sunday’s Race.
“I was lucky to avoid the collision in round 6, I was able to manage the tyres throughout the race and battle my way up to 4th in the Pro-Am category, which is again, another great opportunity for myself and the team to collect more points. I would like to thank my sponsors for their continued support and also welcome Eden Private Staff onboard too.
“Albeit it was a great weekend for me, racing would not be possible without the hard work and sacrifice of all those that work behind the scenes including the marshals. Following the events at Brands Hatch over the weekend, I’d like to offer my condolences to the friends and family affected by the incident.”
Dino Zamparelli – Race Coach
“We’re really happy with Archie’s progress this weekend. He’s had a difficult opening 4 races up to this weekend and we’ve worked hard to build his confidence with the car. What pleased me both was his ability to battle with the other cars and his pace during the races. He was a lot more consistent and it was clear to me that he was more confident with everything.
“There’s more work to do but a big step forward this weekend and we’re looking forward to continuing this positive progress at Knockhill in a few weeks.”