Cameron Twynham continued his GT learning curve at the Hungarian round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Hungaroring this last weekend.
With rocketing temperatures in excess of 41 degrees in the shade on Friday and Saturday this was the hottest race weekend of his career so far and inside the cockpit of his Momo-Megatron team Partrax Porsche GT3 cup car he was subjected to temperatures in excess of 54 degrees during qualifying, however, the past few years of hard and intensive training with his partners Inspired Personal Training, Optimal Strength and Functions Jigsaw saw the BRDC Rising Star deal with these temperatures without any issues.
Fridays free practice session was curtailed early by the same gearbox issue that had held back his performance during the Silverstone race, the team had replaced the suspect parts but ultimately the real cause only showed itself during this practice session, it was quickly dealt with on Friday evening with the help of Porsche. The lap-times up to that point had been very promising with Cameron sitting in 13th overall before the mechanical issue.
Saturdays qualifying of two runs during the 30 minute session went to plan in phase one with a position of 14th overall and looking strong, a slight error of judgement for the second run by leaving the pits a bit too early meant that Cameron met traffic when his new Michelin tyres were at their peak, and even with the improvement made his best time dropped him down to 17th place.
Sunday’s race saw a fairly dramatic change in weather, the temperature dropping to the low 20’s, the wind picking up and the potential for rain. Starting P17 Cameron made his now trademark get-away passing 4 cars on the run down to turn one and positioning himself behind his team-mate Ben Barker who had started 12th. After a rough and aggressive first few corners with plenty of action Cameron made an attempt to pass Ben but ultimately that failed attempt cost him a couple of places before crossing the line on lap one in 15th place. Then a battle between Cameron and Spike Goddard, that Cameron would ultimately lose, started and raged for more than five laps, costing both a bit of lap-time and losing touch with the group of 8 cars in front. After the pass by Spike, both were able to show their true pace and this would put Cameron’s race laps just eight tenths of the fastest lap, and just one tenth off his vastly more experienced team-mate Barker, this time was also faster than other drivers that finished in front of him such as Matteo Cairoli and Connor De Phillippi who are both Porsche junior factory drivers. This was a vast improvement and a step up in just his 5th race of the year in the Supercup.
Cameron said after the race - “this has been my strongest weekend by far, my pace is getting closer and closer and I can now hang with my initial targets on the grid, the next 6 races are all double header race weekends and this will give me more seat time over the weekends to help my progress and I hope that this will also give me the chance to start getting inside the top 10. All of the drivers that beat me this weekend are competing in multiple championships and have years of Porsche experience, I am in only my 5th weekend, so after just 5 races I am catching them very quickly, I hope that people can see my progress and that very shortly I will be fighting among them and getting a bit more TV coverage. I am giving it my all to get up the front as fast as I can in this new GT discipline, its incredibly hard in the Supercup and a very unique challenge against such experienced drivers with so little track time and this championship is definitely one of the toughest in the world, it’s an awesome challenge and I am loving every lap and just want to be back up at the sharp end, however, it’s about continuing to learn the right things and put them in to practice, step by step”
Written by Julian