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22 Mar 2022

Photos by Gary Hawkins

Second Season to Soar for 911 Challenge Racers

Second Season to Soar for 911 Challenge Racers  

The 911 Challenge heads into its second season offering a home to variants of Porsche’s most iconic model from 1965 right up to the 993 of the 1990s, the last of the air-cooled 911s. A series of races rather than a championship, Porsche Club Motorsport’s 911 Challenge allows owners of these cars to come racing in a competitive and friendly environment.

The open nature of the series means a wide range of Porsches are eligible, from the two-litre early 911s right up built for racing RSRs and the like. Last season saw a former Porsche Club Championship winning car race alongside an RSR with Daytona 24-Hour history and some highly developed 911s with long UK club racing histories.

The well sorted 911 SC of Tim Bates falls into the latter category and is a car Tim has developed over many seasons. Similarly, James Neal has raced his 964 in a variety of series, and will be again sharing it with Neil Harvey, who originally built the car up for the Porsche Club Championship.Fenella1 Also out in a 964 and making his 911 Challenge debut is Colin Tester.

The freshly built-up RSR of David Burke was a race winner last year and evokes that classic 1970s racing Porsche style, while from even further back in time newcomer Andrew Walton and the ever-rapid Rob Hollyman are out in 911s dating from 1966 and 1968 respectively. Christian Ayres races the 964 used by Mark Sumpter to win the Porsche Club Championship in 2011, while Mike Johnson will be out in the 911 he raced in that series a decade or more ago.

The season will feature 2 x 25-minute races over six meetings, starting at Donington Park in early April and finishing back at the East Midlands circuit in October. The field will share track time with the Boxster Cup runners at four meetings, while on the Silverstone GP layouts we will have a Porsche super-grid as the Porsche Club Championship racers and Boxster Cup are also on track.