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19 May 2024

Third round of the Porsche Club Speed Championship

Blyton Park Sprint

Porsche Club GB Speed Championship 2024 with NINEMEISTER
 
Blyton Park is situated in Lincolnshire, not far from Gainsborough. Once a WW2 airbase the circuit is flat, fast and offers a range of layouts to test drivers and cars alike.
 
As I drove over from Cheshire the fog on the hills was thick and cold and I wondered what sort of track conditions our championship contenders might have to deal with.
 
In reality the sun soon appeared and burnt away any remnants of mist and murk and the temperature steadily increased promising decent grip levels and quick times.
 
Practice
In a well run event with Longton & District one practice run was on offer in favour of an additional scored timed run later in the day. Our group were 11 in number, a mix of Porsche models, old and young and all raring to go.
 
The sole P1 class car taking part was the Cayman GT4 of Wayne Helme. This was Wayne's first ever event with us, not that you would have spotted that as he started well and recorded a brilliant first ever practice time of 83.85 seconds.
 
In P2 Ian Wadsworth was out in his first round of the year and the 911 3.0 SC/RS was as speedy as ever delivering a time of 86.13 seconds. Also out in P2 was Simon Carr is his Cayman S. Simon staked his claim on the class early with a rapid road going car time of 84.38 seconds. Mark Joynson-Bickerstaffe ended practice in his first event with a very credible first time of 90.95 seconds for his road going Boxster S.
 
The next class, P3, had no less than three past champions taking part and it was Wayne Eason, the defending champion that was quickest by some way in a time of 81.71 seconds. Geraint Evans ran off line in his 911 Carerra 3.0  to lose his practice time. Graham Rose eased his way into the event in a time of 89.58 seconds, but all expected that number to fall and we again saw Chris Milne out in his Boxster S. Chris was just a second or so behind Graham in the car he drove to the circuit that morning.
 
The quickest practice time by 0.6 seconds went to Stephen Jory who again was set to wow the group with his sprint technique. Howard Cressey was just a little behind Jake Cartwright in the Boxtser and with just a short break before the timed runs were due to start the drivers reflected on that all important practice run.
 
Timed Runs
Wayne Helme made a significant improvement in time on each and every of his three timed runs. Starting at 81.92 seconds in the road legal Cayman he honed that down to a very respectable final fastest time of 79.73 seconds for the class win on his first event, the second fastest time of the day!
 
In P2 Mark Joynson-Bickerstaffe drove very consistently to record a solid best time of 85.54 seconds for third in class in his first event with us. Ian Wadsworth showed his experience and gradually nibbled the time away to get to a final best time of 82.58 seconds but it was Simon Carr in his Cayman on road tires that took the class win with an impressive road car time of 81.83 seconds.
 
Geraint Evans was compromised by not having completed a full practice run and started conservatively in 89.55 seconds. He then took over seven seconds off his time over the next two runs to grab third in the class in 82.34 seconds. Also taking big steps was Graham Rose who managed to find over a second over Geraint to take second place in the class in his supercharged 924s 81.82 seconds. In the third fastest time of the day overall and under 81 seconds, Wayne Eason and the Boxster managed a great 80.63 second run to win the P3 class. Chris Milne was fourth in his road going Boxster ending the day over 6 seconds better than his first time on a new circuit and on just his second event.
 
Some cars and their drivers make it look easy when in fact you know full well it isn't!  Stephen Jory smashed the 80 second barrier to come home in the fastest time of the day overall in his P4 944S2 with a dominant performance and time of 79.24 seconds. Jake Cartwright was second in class in his Boxster and after a brace of swift runs he ended the day a just over three seconds behind Stephen who really was in untouchable form. Howard Cressey always manages to make it all look smooth and unflustered but as those who drive in this sport know that usually means its quick! He took fourth in the P4 class in his road going Boxster.
 
So we had a great day, sunny and competitive but with a laugh and a smile and good company along the way. The next round is the Loton Park weekend on June 8th & 9th, two Hillclimbs in glorious countryside. See you there?
 
Blyton Results Here.
 
Overall Championship Points positions after Blyton Here.