Brands Hatch May 4th 2013

Porsche Club Championship

Qualifying

This year sees all cars in the Porsche Club Championship racing on Pirelli slick tyres and lack of testing means we are trying to understand them better during races and qualifying. With this in mind we came to Brands Hatch with a plan to try and gain some useful information on how they behave on our car.

This somewhat compromised our qualifying position but felt that it was worthwhile because we know so little about how well Pirelli slicks perform on a car as heavy as ours (regulations require that we carry a lot if weight to give a similar power to weight ratio throughout our class).

Temperatures and pressures indicated that our base set up is pretty good but there is always room for improvement. The data we now have will help us move forward and hopefully make us more competitive as time goes by.

Paul reported that the car didn’t feel quite as good as it did at Donington but we felt that it was the characteristics of the Indy circuit that probably didn’t suite the 996 so well. We qualified 12th out of a field of 32 so a big improvement on Donington, but we still don’t think this reflects the potential of the car and driver so we clearly have work to do.

Race 1

It was always going to be tight on the run down to Paddock Hill Bend but Paul stayed out of trouble. A couple of safety car periods and smattering of light rain made for an eventful race for some drivers and Paul managed an 8th place. We were happy with this and showed we were going in the right direction with set up.

Race 2

Starting on the outside of the grid leaves you pretty vulnerable at Brands so it’s important to get off the line well. Paul got bogged down a little at the start but we were reasonably placed on the run up to Druids. However we got wrapped up in someone else’s accident and this lost us quite a few places and we sustained some light damage.

Paul was now on a charge, trying to make up the places he had lost and made good progress through the field with some competitive but respectful driving all round. However, a further coming together with a car at Druids meant we sustained more damage and although this didn’t hold us up it was very dissapointing.

We managed to make it up to 12th which was all we could hope for, all things considered.

Summing Up

Not such a good meeting for us but we had some fun and felt more competitive generally. Race 2 put a damper on things, but that’s racing. We still need to improve our qualifying and hopefully we can get more from the car throughout the year.

We’re missing the meeting at Donington due to other commitments but we’ll be back out at Silverstone in June. There’s a chance we might enter the 968 in the Allcomers Enduro. Tim and Dave (!) might be sharing the car in this 50 minute race – watch this space.  Paul will be out in the 996 in the Porsche Club Championship if all goes to plan. Should be busy!