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18 May 2023

Photos by Gary Hawkins

Anglesey awaits Porsche Race Series

Round 3 of the 2023 Season May 20th & 21st 

The Porsche Club Motorsport returns to Anglesey to race for the first time since 2009 this weekend, May 20th and 21st, with the Porsche Club Motorsport Championship with Pirelli and Woods Foodservice Porsche Club Motorsport Boxster Cup regulars joined by the Eden Race Drive Porsche Open Cup and 911 Challenge runners.
In the Club Championship newcomer Steve Wood has won two races in his Autofarm 996 but it is the hugely experienced former double champion Pete Morris who tops the class one points table. Morris has yet to take a win this season but has only once finished off the podium and is always a factor in the races.
Chris Dyer sits third in the points in his Strasse-run Cayman S and is one of only two drivers racing this weekend who raced here back in 2009. Yet to finish outside the top six, Dyer has been consistent in every race so far. The other driver with Porsche Anglesey experience is double-champion Mark McAleer, looking to score points after not completing a racing lap at the season opening meeting.
Bill Caley took a win at Brands Hatch last time out, and only lost the first race of the day by a whisker, and should be looking to continue that form into this weekend. Father James Caley is another class one front-runner and a 2023 podium visitor, and sits fifth in the points just behind Andy Muggeridge, another to score well in every race.
Class two is the domain of the Boxster S, although other models are eligible, and has seen some great racing so far this season. Oliver Chatham heads the class points, and the championship overall, having taken a win at Donington Park season opener at the start of April, but Paul Simpson is closing in and on a run of form having won both races at Brands Hatch three weeks ago.
Carl Hazelton sits third in his Porsche Centre Chester Boxster, and is overdue a podium finish, while just behind him in the points is Ross Morris another former champion and son of class one’s Pete Morris. Julian Morris, no relation, is next up ahead of Club Championship debutante Shiraz Khan, who raced in the Boxster Cup last season, and Harry Rice.
In the Woods Foodservice Porsche Club Motorsport Boxster Cup it has been another newcomer who has been setting the pace so far as Jonny Lovell has won three of the four races to date.
Vikram Sudera sits third in the points and claimed a fine second place at Brands Hatch three weeks ago. Like many of the drivers who had their first ever races with the series he will be new to racing at Anglesey, while Mike Gough is out in this weekend in the Porsche Centre Nottingham Boxster that Ashley White has raced to two podiums so far, the car sitting fourth in the points.
Mike Thompson was twice on the podium at Brands Hatch and showed the pace that has  seen him series runner-up in the past, and will be another to watch. Sarah Thomson has probably done more overtaking than any other driver in the four races to date and will be keen to take her first podium finish at a circuit new to most of her rivals and she just heads Eric Bridges in the points.
The series is home to a number of lady drivers with Faye Noble-Evans having entertained to date, particularly in battles with Sudera, but has slipped down the points after a non-finish at Brands Hatch. SW Engineering gave three ladies their race debuts at Donington Park and Jess Wilkinson sits just behind Noble-Evans in the points with Zoe Kyle-Henney nest up and Sarah Wood completing the trio.
Anglesey this weekend hosts the first running of the Eden Race Drive Porsche Open Cup and 911 Challenge, the Porsche Open label returning to Porsche Club Motorsport’s portfolio of races having been a stalwart of British motorsport for many years. The Open Cup and 911 Challenge is a series of races rather than a championship, so although no points are scored drivers will still be competing for race honours just as competitively as ever.
The Eden Race Drive Porsche Open Cup category is aimed at some of the most popular racing Porsches, the GT3 Cup cars that have been seen in so many Carrera Cup series across the globe in a variety of evolutions, and also the more potent R and RSR race cars and the ClubSport variant of the Porsche Cayman. The Cup cars in particular are a known quantity renowned worldwide as quick and reliable races cars and with versions eligible from the 996, 997 and 991 models of the 911, have provided great racing over many years in both national, regional, and in the case of the Grand Prix supporting Porsche Supercup, international championships.
The 911 Challenge has for several seasons now provided a racing home for all Porsche 911 models from the very earliest cars from 1965 right up to the 993 version that ceased production in 1998 and was the last of the air-cooled 911s. It has featured a broad swathe of competition Porsches on the grid, including cars with a remarkable competition history and others that have been regulars in British motorsport for many seasons.