Thruxton was one wild ride for James Kellett in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Series Rounds 6 & 7. Despite some frustrating moments, his incredible driving skills turned the weekend into an exhilarating and gratifying performance behind the wheel of the powerful Rosland Gold Racing Porsche.
Qualifying didn't go exactly as planned for James, due yellow flag that waved on five out of seven laps during the second tyre session. Nevertheless, he managed to secure a respectable P7 on the grid. Imagine what he could have accomplished with four solid hot laps! Undeterred, he gave an excellent performance on the UK's fastest circuit, crossing the finish line at a very impressive P4, just behind his Rosland Gold teammate, Josh Malin.
Race 2 brought a stroke of luck for James when the 5-ball was drawn from the hat, catapulting him to P2 on the starting grid. The anticipation built as he revved his engine, his left foot pushing the clutch pedal to the floor. The tension mounted, but with a slight creeping of the car due to the biting clutch, James had a challenging start. Juggling the clutch, brake, and revving was no easy feat, but off he went. Unfortunately, on the first lap at turn 3, he found himself in a heart-pounding moment of contact with the challenging Adam Smalley, sending him off the track and into the grass.
As if that wasn't enough, James picked up an advertising hoarding on his front valance, blocking the cooling air intakes. It was a race against time as he was forced into a pit stop. Thanks to the swift work of the talented Century Motorsport engineers, James re-joined the race, albeit two-thirds of a lap behind the leaders. Last place didn't deter him. He was still in the game! Determined and focused, he pushed forward from the back, setting the fastest lap of the race along the way. When the chequered flag waved, he finished at a hard-fought P8. However, due to the clutch mishap at the start, a 10-second penalty pushed him back to P11. It wasn't the ideal result, but witnessing James carve his way through the field in the thrilling 34-lap race was an absolute joy.
Now, all eyes are on Oulton Park, the next stop on the racing calendar, scheduled for June 17th and 18th. James, along with the rest of the Rosland Gold by Century Motorsport team, is eagerly champing at the bit for this upcoming Porsche Carrera Cup GB series showdown.