Rockingham, September 2013. After creeping into double figures at most of the year's rounds, just six cars take to the track for Porsche Carrera Cup of Great Britain practice. Another joins later for a final field of just seven cars. It's the nadir of a dreadful campaign. There's a new car coming for 2014, but will it really make a difference?
Brands Hatch, March 2014. Thirteen new-look, Type-991 Carrera Cup cars contest the opening round of the championship. Pre-season predictions of 20-car grids are far from realised. The series flirts with single-figure entries at a couple of rounds, then ends with a season-high of 14. Dan Cammish wins on his debut in the guest car. Talk of a revived 2015 season starts to filter through the paddock.
Sceptics had heard such chatter before. You couldn't have been associated with the Carrera Cup over the preceding two seasons and take the positive talk with anything other than a massive pinch of salt.