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11 Aug 2021

Photos by Gary Hawkins

Silverstone in store for bumper field of Porsches

Silverstone GP - Round 5  - Saturday 14 August

All of Porsche Club Motorsport’s track racing series are in action at Silverstone on Saturday, 14 August as the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli and Porsche Classic Boxster Cup fields are joined by the Tractive 911 Challenge field for a bumper forty car plus grid. The combined fields share track space for the two 25-minute races but are racing for their own wins and points in what should be a great day on the full Grand Prix circuit.
The title battle is in full swing for the Porsche Club Championship runner with reigning champion Simon Clark heading the overall points table and class one as we head into the second half of the season. He has won five of the last six races, but his Cayman S has been pushed hard with class rivals Pete Morris and Mark McAleer also taking wins in 2021 in their 997s.
Morris won at Snetterton in early June to open his 2021 victory tally, while McAleer started the season in style with two wins at Donington Park but hit mechanical issues at Snetterton to dent his title hopes. Silverstone should suit their powerful 997s, and with both being former champions they will be front-runners in the races.
On the pace and on the podium in the last three races has been the Cayman S of Jake McAleer, while James Caley will be another 997 racer to watch.
The class two battle has been entertaining all season, and Matt Kyle-Henney has a healthy lead in the points and just 11 behind Clark in the overall standings. Kevin Molyneaux and Paul Simpson head the chasing pack, Molyneux a constant front-runner but is yet to take an overdue win, while Simpson took class wins at Brands Hatch and Snetterton.
Despite only joining the championship at Snetterton in June, Toby Barlow has taken two wins from four races and will be quick in his Boxster. Jesse Chamberlain claimed second and third place finishes at Oulton Park, while Andy Muggeridge, Angus Archer and Carl Hazelton could also be in the mix.
The Tractive 911 Challenge is open to virtually any air-cooled Porsche and has seen some superb and historic cars on the grid in this, its opening season. James Neal and Neil Harvey will do a race a piece in their 964 C2, as will Nathen Luckey and David Harrison in their 964 RS N/GT, while a strong challenge will come from the well-sorted 911 SC of Tim Bates that led for much of the opening round at Donington Park before coming home second. 
The 911 RSR was the dominant GT car of the 1970s and two are entered in the hands of Mike Champion and David Burke, and Christian Ayres returns in his 964 C2.

Qualifying is at 11.20 on Saturday morning, with the two races at 14.05 and 16.30.

2021 Petro-Canada Lubricants and Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli and Porsche Classic Boxster Cup Calendar:

Donington Park, East Midlands – April 10
Brands Hatch GP, Kent – May 1
Snetterton 300, Norfolk – June 5
Oulton Park, Cheshire – July 3
Silverstone GP, Northants. – August 14
Brands Hatch Indy, Kent - September 5
Snetterton 300, Norfolk – October 2