In the Porsche Esports Carrera Cup GB, Sebastian Job and Kevin Ellis were once again trading victories, with yet another last-lap battle between the two that this time saw the Scot come out on top.
It was Peter Berryman who took the initial pole position, beating Job by just 0.035 seconds around the full layout of Donington Park, but his lead didn’t last the opening lap. Having already started to create a gap to Ellis in third over the first three corners, the Old Hairpin proved their undoing.
Berryman appeared to slide wide through the turn and off to the outside, dropping to the back of the field. Although the car appeared to already be sliding, it also looked like he received the faintest of taps from Job behind him – with Job later saying he felt nothing and had no indication of contact – and Job lost out to Ellis in the process.
That also didn’t last for long, as Job retook the position through the Craner Curves on the very next lap. Ellis then dropped further back as he dipped a wheel into the grass in the Esses and, although he saved the slide, fell back to fifth.
Jamie Fluke kept Job in his sights throughout the remainder of the race, but couldn’t prevent a third successive Job victory, pending the result of any investigation into that lap one contact. However Fluke did pick up his first podium of the championship, just ahead of Graham Carroll, with Ellis recovering up to fourth.
The reverse grid second race saw Jack Sedgwick take pole for the start, but by the end of the first lap he was already down to fifth. Ellis, Carroll, and Job – the top three in the championship – all made better starts than second-place man Jon Robertson, so when Sedgwick first made a mistake through the Esses, and then ran deep into the Melbourne Hairpin, all three cruised past. Fluke joined in on the run to Goddards too.
Unlike previous races though, the leaders didn’t run away with it, in part due to scrapping for position. First Job passed Carroll at Melbourne, before attempting to do the same with Ellis a few laps later. However he outbraked himself into Redgate and allowed both back past, with Fluke, Berryman, and Robertson all in close attendance.
Job was able to repeat his pass on Carroll at Melbourne, setting up another side-by-side battle with Ellis on the final lap as we saw last week at Oulton Park. A bold move into Coppice put Job briefly ahead, but Ellis had the line for the Esses, putting Job back into Carroll’s clutches at Melbourne.
That was enough to give the Scot breathing room through Goddards to take his second win of the year, with Job second and Carroll yet again third, ahead of a great recovery drive from Berryman. It means Job extends his championship lead slightly from Ellis, with Carroll still in third.