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27 Apr 2022

Photos by Gary Hawkins

Packed Porsche field to provide quality race action at Brands Hatch

Racing resumes this Saturday at Brands Hatch

The Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli and Porsche Club Motorsport Boxster Cup fields combine for two races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on Saturday, 30 April, which should ensure action packed racing right down the order on a busy race day. Drivers in each series will be chasing their own titles, and the bumper field is guaranteed to entertain as the closely matched cars fight for vital championship points 
Pete Morris and Simon Clark took Porsche Club Championship wins in the season-opener at Donington in early April, Clark taking race two in a dramatic 25-minutes that saw the entire field caught on slicks in a rain shower. Dominant at Brands Hatch last season, Clark is unable to make this meeting and defend his wins. A win and a second, the latter despite a spin on the treacherous track, sees Morris lead the class one points, the two former champions starting their seasons in style.
Chris Dyer, another former champion, was second in race one at Donington, but was caught out by the conditions in race two when chasing Clark and retired his Cayman, while James Caley was on the pace and comes into the weekend third in the class points. Kevin Harrison always goes well at Brands Hatch and will be one to watch in the early laps, while class two race winner Toby Barlow will make his class one debut in a Cayman S.
2020 class champion James Coleman has returned to class two this season and immediately took a win in his Boxster S, while it was newcomer Colin Tester who claimed race two and their battle should be one worth following this weekend. 
The class is dominated by the Boxster, and with some experienced racers taking on an influx of rapid new faces it will provide the usual high standard of racing the series has become synonymous with. Angus Archer won twice on the shorter Brands Hatch layout last season and sits third in the points, just clear of series debutantes Oliver Chatham and Andrew Porter.
The Boxster Cup offers a route into motorsport for newcomers, as well as a home for experienced racers, and saw two drivers take their first race wins in the series at Donington Park with Darren Labbett heading the field home in race one, and Steven Shore following suit a few hours later. On treaded Pirellis rather than the slicks of the Club championship cars, the closely matched Boxsters put on a great show, and at Donington a star in the making was Darren King who led both races in his first ever meeting as a driver.
This weekend is one of two occasions this season when the two series combine, when they return to Brands Hatch in September they will each have their own two races on the shorter Indy layout.
Qualifying is at 11.05 with the two 25-minute races at 13.50 and 16.55.