Building Materials supplier, Nicholls & Clarke, is sponsoring race driver Mark Cole as he competes in the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup GB as part of the company’s 140-year anniversary celebrations. Mark raced at Silverstone on the (26/27 September) in the penultimate weekend of the season.
After a non-finish in the opening race, Mark Cole took a fighting fourth place in the second race during rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at the home of the British Grand Prix. In both races Mark battled in the highly competitive Pro-Am1 category in the striking cyan blue livery of the N&C supported Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Mark’s programme is backed by the Nicholls & Clarke Group as part of the company’s celebration of 140 years in business. Mark is racing in the championship’s Pro-Am1 category with the standard-setting Parr Motorsport team. The race weekend at Silverstone was the seventh of eight events this season and attracted live TV coverage on ITV4 as well as another huge race-day crowd at the famous venue.
Mark (50) from Highclere in Berkshire had an action-packed first race, which eventually ended in the gravel trap at Copse Corner. “I got caught out when Stephen Jelly came back on at Becketts after his first off and he caused me to ease off the gas as he re-joined the track directly in my path! That let my Pro-Am1 rival Jack Falla past and I was frustrated and tried an over-ambitious manoeuvre at Copse and spun out. In race two I made a good start and got up to ninth but then got side-swiped by Ignas Gelzinis at Becketts on opening lap. I recovered with only one place lost and then Jelly got punted by Daniel Morad and he went off and speared back into the pack, directly in my path! I had to brake to avoid contact and two Pro-Am1 racers, Jordan Witt and Daniel McKay, went past each side! That’s how it remained then for the rest of the race, as the cars are so evenly-matched.” The Porsche Carrera Cup GB season concludes with rounds 15 and 16 at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend of 10/11 October.