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30 Sep 2021

Photos by Gary Hawkins

Snetterton showdown for Porsche title battles

Snetterton - Round 7 - Saturday 2nd October

Snetterton hosts the title showdown at the end of a long and exciting season for the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli and Porsche Classic Boxster Cup fields on Saturday, 2 October, and after these final two races for the PMC Midlands Trophies we will know 2021’s overall and class champions. Simon Clark has a handy advantage in the club field and heads class one, with class two leader Matt Kyle-Henney his closest challenger for overall honours, while the Boxster Cup is finely poised with Will Heslop and rookie Richard Forber neck and neck on dropped scores.
Drivers count their best 12 scores from the 14-race season, but with 20 bonus points for starting each race there is still the scope for a number of drivers to snatch title honours at the last. Points are also awarded for number of starts in a class, pole positon in each race, fastest lap and for getting your race entry in on time, so there are multiple possible permutations of results and there will be some fast mathematics to declare a champion at race end. 
Clark is the reigning champion and has been the form driver in recent races in his County Classics Cayman S, winning six of the last seven races outright, easing away from his class rivals. Mark McAleer heads the chase of Clark in class one with fellow 997 C2S racer Pete Morris next up, and both are former double champions and will need the help of those bonus points to mount a challenge, McAleer 36 points down on the class leader after dropped scores.  
Kyle-Henney is sixty-three points clear on dropped scores in class two, so nothing short of a disaster in qualifying should deny him the title in a class that is dominated by the Boxster S. That means he can focus on the overall title and scoring as highly as he can over the day, to claw back the 19-point deficit to Clark on dropped scores.
That doesn’t mean that Kyle-Henney will have it all his own way, with reigning Boxster Cup champion Paul Simpson second in the points and a constant front runner as the season has progressed. Angus Archer sits third in the class points, claiming two wins last time out at Brands Hatch and would love to carry that form to Snetterton.
The Boxster Cup has been tightly fought all season, and while Forber leads on total points, with two dropped scores it is Heslop who has a slender two-point lead. In recent races they have been very closely matched and their battle will a highlight. Alistair Nelson has been a regular podium visitor and sits third in the points but could be pipped in the final standings by Mike Thompson.
Qualifying at at 9am on Saturday, with the two 25-minute races at 12.25 and 15.35.
2021 Petro-Canada Lubricants and Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli and Porsche Classic Boxster Cup Calendar:
Donington Park, East Midlands – April 10th
Brands Hatch GP, Kent – May 1st
Snetterton 300, Norfolk – June 5th
Oulton Park, Cheshire – July 3rd
Silverstone GP, Northants. – August 14th
Brands Hatch Indy, Kent - September 5th
Snetterton 300, Norfolk – October 2nd