Oulton Park 2nd June 2012
Porsche Club Championship
Race day greeted us with overcast skies, light rain and a chill in the air, a sharp contrast to Friday testing which was warm and sunny! Both cars received wet settings then Paul and Tim went out to give it their best shot in qualifying. Considering the conditions we had a reasonable session with Paul in 7th and Tim in 19th, both drivers doing what they could on a wet track.
The track was still wet for race 1 but we made some minor set up adjustments to see if we could get a little more from cars and drivers.
Paul had a reasonable start and once the first corner excitement was over, settled down to try and put some decent laps in and catch the leading group who had pulled out a small but significant lead. Paul was gaining ground throughout the race and by lap ten had caught up to the back of the leading cars. Unfortunately he tried a little too hard coming into Old Hall and this led to him pushing wide with the car on the wet grass. With no grip the car spun and slid across the track and into the barriers with minor body damage and a damaged radiator. Luckily no other cars were involved and our driver was unhurt, if a little(!) annoyed with himself. Paul’s race was over, which was a real shame as we think he would have achieved a 4th place with a bit of luck.
Tim’s race in class 2 was less eventful, coming in 14th, 4th in class but still pulling off some exciting moves along the way. As ever, he had fun battling it out with the mix of class 1 and 2 cars that are normally found in the middle of the field. Apart from the tricky conditions, which made for a slippery race for everyone, Tim’s main problem was trying to get passed and stay in front of the more powerful class 1 cars to try and attack the class 2 leaders.
A patch up of the 996 saw Paul out in race 2 however a poor start meant he had work to do to get up with the front runners. A reasonably dry track meant we had gone a bit too conservative with the setup which while it made for an easier car to drive it wasn’t as quick as it could be. However as Paul got more comfortable with the car he started putting some decent laps in. If it wasn’t for a momentary lapse in concentration and finding himself in a less than ideal position during a safety car period he would have been better placed than the 10th he attained – but that’s motorsport! At the end of the day we were pleased we had the car and driver out for the second race.
Tim had a better race passing many cars on his way to his 13th, 5th in class. The class 2 968’s certainly make for exciting racing in the mid field and a look at the in car footage we have shows that Tim is enjoying his time in the car this year.
The weekend has shown that we have to develop the 996 further to make it more competitive alongside the more established models. All three 996’s running in the championship are suffering with brake issues, a result of having the heaviest car in the championship. This is a high priority for us with a few ideas on the table on how we are going to address it.
A Few Thank You’s
A word of thanks to Pete Morris for the loan of his spare radiator while we sourced one close to the track and also to the many spectators who came up with words of encouragement and commiserations while we were repairing the 996. Also a word of thanks to the guy from Porsch-apart for his kind offer of assistance – sorry we didn’t get your name but thanks very much for the offer of help – it was very much appreciated.
Next race – Donington Park, 30th June. An FIA truck racing meeting so should be entertaining!
There is also a chance that we might have three cars out in the next race – no pressure DAVE!
Posted by Dorset Sports Cars
on June 7, 2012