A second track day with fellow Toyo Tires Porsche Championship driver Rebecca Jackson as my coach saw me set a new personal best on the short but challenging (and fun) Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent today. OpenTrack Events‘ Dave Woodall has very kindly come on board as a partner for the 2013 season and we enjoyed a very rewarding day in bright but chilly conditions. Here’s in-car video of my fastest lap of the day with Rebecca coaching from the passenger seat – apologies for the positioning of the forward-facing camera! Click through to YouTube to watch at higher quality.
Also present was Major James Cameron of Mission Motorsport, whose aim is to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport. Rebecca and I were very happy to take the opportunity of providing passenger laps to some of the combat veterans.
Popular UK track day organiser OpenTrack have joined me as a partner for 2013. I’ve known company owner Dave Woodall for a while now and used their services a few times last year. They will help with my race coaching by providing slots on their track days – and I’ve already taken advantage of their generous donation by booking a couple of slots at Brands Hatch in February where fellow racer Rebecca Jackson will be providing coaching on the short but challenging indy circuit.
The BRSCC Porsche Championship were invited to feature in the Live Action Arena at this year’s Autosport International Show and I was on hand to get photos. Held annually at the NEC in Birmingham, its the showcase of the British motorsport industry, attended overall by only the second-largest crowd after the British F1 Grand Prix. Held on all four days of the show, with five races on both Saturday and Sunday, each short race was held over an oval circuit with nine drivers sharing time in the six cars. Although invited myself, it would taken a hefty chunk of my racing funds to have the car transported and run for me – so I opted out.
Boxster regulars Steve Potts, Steve Boyles, Adam Croft, Dave Hughes, Gerry Taylor and Syd Coombes were joined by Tony Mekwinski and Lee Ketteridge from TF Motorsport. Tony, who both drives a 924 in the series and provides our race day tyre support, was thrilled with his wins on the Thursday having never driven a Boxster before that day. Lee has race experience in front-engined Mk2 Golf GTIs; also appearing was JM Littman, founder of Webheads Digital and a potential new driver to the series.
Our series are very grateful to Haymarket Publishing for their intivation to this prestigious showcase, the BRSCC for their organisation and to the drivers who volunteered their time and cars to make the event such a success.
Thanks to Goldtrack, I was at Silverstone yesterday for yet another off-season track day in my road Boxster and I ran in to Richard Sykes who was there with one of his Radical SR8s. Richard left our Porsche series to compete in the UAE Radical Winter Cup which takes place between October and March with 14 races over 7 events. He and co-driver Charlie Kemp won the second round just last weekend. He was kind enough to give me a few passenger laps in this magnificent race car – it made a change for me to be quicker than absolutely anything on circuit, including Caterhams, Porsches, Ferraris, and Gallardos.
The top of the Radical range SR8 RX has a 2.7 litre V8 engine producing 430bhp in a body that weighs just 680kg – about half of a race Boxster. It sprints from 0-60mph in a mere 2.7 seconds! I believe it can lap the GP circuit in under 2:02 – where 2:30 is a decent time for the Porsche series. Obviously the acceleration is rip-your-face-off quick but what really impressed my was the braking – his braking points and distances were about the same as mine but from twice the speed – and the car is completely stable. The track was slippery all day (black ice in the morning) and I didn’t manage to match any of my times, but with the Dunlop slicks and considerable downforce, Richard was able to really fly and it looked like he had to fight the car far less than he does the Boxster in the wet.