The first of race of this weekend’s triple-header proved to be mix of success and failure. Rick Styrin needed only a single win from the weekend to clinch the Class A Boxster championship but the gremlins struck during the first lap of qualifying, leaving him to start from the back of our section of the grid. But (as you’ll see from the video) he made a tremendous start, surging through the pack to be in 2nd place by the end of the first lap.
Having taken pole in the morning qualifying session, new to the series Will Sharpe overcooked it and finished in the gravel at Old Hairpin.
Team mate Paul Moraviec went wide at turn 1 (Redgate) allowing me to pass him, but he was really on a charge and managed to catch and pass me about half-way through the race. He surged ahead to finish 16 seconds ahead of me overall.
987 driver Steve Boyles, who is also coached by Malcolm Edeson, after a great qualifying put him P2 suffered a coolant system failure and was forced to retire, but his leaked coolant led to Julian Brown leaving the circuit into the gravel at McCleans. With his car in a precarious position opposite the apex, the race was red flagged at 10 laps – sufficient laps to consider the race complete.
A determination not to finish behind a single 924 lead to a great 2-lap scrap with Will’s brother Henry – we swapped places a few times but Hen went on to finish 1st in the 924s – his first race in the series. Unfortunately – again – my pace just wasn’t quick enough and I was last in class, but avoided being beated by any 924.
Photos kindly provided by Steve Feakin, who is a member of my region of Porsche Club GB.