Donington Park 30th June 2012

Porsche Club Championship

This weekend we had three cars running in the Porsche Club Championship at the FIA European Truck Racing meeting at Donington Park. As usual, Paul was out in the 996, Tim in the 968 and, for his first race for 20+ years, Dave in a borrowed 944. With qualifying and two races in one day and no practice sessions available you really have to be on your mettle straight out of the box. Not ideal for experienced competitors let alone your first Porsche race.

Qualifying

All three cars were on a wet set up which ended up not being ideal for what was a rapidly drying track but with qualifying time being so short you have to take your best guess and go with it – no second chances with the set up choice.

Race 1

Dave’s run of bad luck started as the lights went out. His first gear change snapped a drive shaft and his race was over before it had even got going! Very disappointing.

Paul got away OK in the 996, however he felt that the car was struggling for power. He did his his best by battling with those around him but on lap 6 the power problem turned into something more serious as the engine let go completely in dramatic stye.  His race, and meeting, was over. How serious this is we’ll only find out when we get the car back to the workshop.

Tim, thankfully, had a better race. His normal (!) start saw him drop back a few places but he tells us it’s all in his master plan to entertain the crowd! Over the race he steadily made his way up to 2nd in class but unfortunately he made a genuine mistake that eventually saw him placed 3rd. Tim is benefiting from having more time in the car this year and we can see he is really enjoying his driving.

Race 2

We were generously loaned a driveshaft for the 944 so Dave managed to get his car out in race 2 and Tim was looking forward to seeing if he could go a little better around what must be one of his favourite tracks.

Both cars got away OK and Dave managed to pass a couple of cars before brake problems forced him to retire after 6 laps with what was a pretty much undriveable car, bad luck again.

Tim started from 17th but by the end of lap 1 he had made up a few places so had a good start for a change!! He battled hard with the mid field runners in both class 1 and 2 cars and some good driving found him finishing 1st in class – a great win and a morale booster for the team who had suffered some serious setbacks throughout the meeting.

So a weekend of extreme highs and lows. We are unsure whether we can get the 996 out for Croft because other commitments means that our time in July is at a premium but we’ll do our best. If not; our next outing will be at Oulton Park on the 11th of August.