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03 Jul 2019

Photos by Gary Hawkins

Brands Hatch Hosts Biggest Race Weekend of the Year

Rounds 3 and 4 of the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli

Brand Hatch’s Deutsche Fest weekend is a busy one for the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli field this coming weekend (July 6th and 7th) with six races over the two days and plenty of valuable championship points up for grabs. The Porsche Club Championship runners have two races on each day, while on Sunday the Classic Restoracing Championship Boxsters have their own two races.
The grids will feature a variety of road-going Porsches converted for racing, with the top class of the Porsche Club Championship the most powerful cars in the series. Local racer Simon Clark currently heads the points in his Cayman S, and took two wins on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in May. Close behind is double-champion Pete Morris in his 997 C2, who won the opening race of the season, with the fast-starting Kevin Harrison currently third in the class points.
The hugely experienced Trevor Lewis  leads class two, consistent top-three finishing seeing him head rapid fellow Boxster S racer Ross Morris, son of class one’s Pete. Series regular Paul Seagrave is third in the points, just ahead of newcomer Matt Kyle-Henney who came home second in class in just his fourth ever race last time out.
On Sunday the Porsche Club Championship cars will line up early on the grid for their third race of the weekend, with the cars in place for the lunch time grid walk which will allow the spectators a close look at the assembled Porsches.
The Classic Restoracing Championship features identical early model Boxsters restored and prepped for racing, with Porsche Cars GB having the great idea of them runnning in classic Porsche liveries, or at a least colour scheme inspired by one! The class run at five Porsche Club Championship meetings this year, and so far Ben McLoughlin has won all four races to date, although the rest of the field are getting closer as he now runs with a 45kg weight penalty due to his race experience.
It is the car that scores points rather than the driver, so second overall is the distinctive pink Porsche Centre Wolverhampton car shared by Will Heslop and Christian Short,  with James Cannon and Paul Blakesley third in their Porsche Centre Cambridge car.
Unlike the rest of the championship, the Restoracing cars run on treaded Pirelli tyres, and have proved just as quick as the class two cars on occasion, the series producing some great racing in the fine tradition of Porsche Club Motorsport!
Qualifying for the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli field on  Saturday is at 09.50, with races at 11.40 and 17.10. Sunday sees everyone qualify again at 10.30, with the first race at 14.45 and the final one for that grid of the weekend at 16.35.
The Classic Restoracing Championship cars qualify at 10.00 on Sunday, then race at 11.55 and 15.25. All races over the weekend are 25-minutes duration.