Porsche Carrera Cup GB can go ahead despite new restrictions – Hanafin’s title bid still on
Lorcan Hanafin breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week when it was confirmed that final rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB can go ahead as planned.
There was concerns ov over the weekend that the meeting might have been cancelled when the British Government announced enforcing a second lockdown in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
That directive comes into effect last Thursday.
The lockdown means that all non-elite sports are now cancelled for at least four weeks.
However, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB series is considered a professional sport as it runs alongside the British Touring Car Championship and the final rounds of both series are scheduled for Brands Hatch on November 14 and 15 – halfway through the lockdown.
On Monday, Motorsport UK said: “Motorsport UK has consulted on the implications for motorsport in England with the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in respect of the plan to enter a four-week national lockdown on Thursday 5th November.
“The governing body confirms that following DCMS guidance it must suspend all non-elite motorsport until 2nd December. Selected elite events officially recognised by the DCMS, which include the British Touring Car Championship, will be permitted to continue.
Hanafin is in a two-way fight for rookie championship honours with just two races left to run.
The Leeds-based racer, who has strong family ties to the Ballinorig area of Tralee, is in season long battle with championship rival Matthew Graham. Just nine points separate the pair in the rookie standings. Graham also has the upperhand in the overall title fight. He is in third place with Hanafin in fourth, just six points off his rival.
A good performance by Hanafin next weekend could see him win the rookie title and finish on the overall podium.
If the races were cancelled the title would have been decided on default – something neither driver wants.
“That’s what he wants [to race for the title],” his father Dermot told Kerry Motorsport News. “He is going to be going for it that’s for sure.”