New Zealand’s Ryan Yardley returns to action in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America this weekend as the series heads to Wisconsin for two races at Road America.
It’s been an impressive debut campaign at Topp Racing so far for Yardley, who finds himself sitting sixth in the Pro standings and only failing to score points in one of eight races this campaign.
America’s Riley Dickinson is leading the championship charge, having pulled a 63-point over McElrea Racing’s Tom Sargeant of Australia.
The season is now at its mid-point, with this weekend’s round at Road America to be followed by races at Indianapolis, Laguna Seca and Circuit of the Americas. Yardley has experience on most of these circuits, which he says he is relieved for, given his unfamiliarity with the opening venues.
“It’s nice heading into the second half of the season returning to some tracks I’m familiar with, as I’d never raced on the opening four before this year,” he told Velocity News after the last round at Watkins Glen, where he finished 8th in Race 1 and 11th in Race 2.
“With the last four races, I’ve been to three of the tracks, which is awesome.
“The first half of my season has been a really good start to my sports car career, and we’re sitting well inside the championship top 10,” he continued. “We’ve definitely shown good speed in the races so far, as well as in qualifying at Long Beach.
“We know the areas we need to work on to improve, so we will work hard to do so and climb our way into the top five of the championship. Grabbing some podiums is definitely a goal within reach.”
The Porsche Carrera Cup will qualify at 3.45 am on Saturday (NZ Time), with the opening 40-minute race following at 7.55 am. Sunday’s sole race begins at 5.15 am. Both will be shown live on the Porsche Carrera Cup website.