Local boy Ian Loggie made a welcome return to the grid for Round 6 of the 2013 Toyo Tires BRSCC Porsche Championship and unsurprisingly he put in a good time to place him second on the grid behind Rick Styrin, who now looks set to take the title for the second year running. Based in Tarporley, Ian had raced in GT Cup at Silverstone the weekend before but was knocked out on the first lap in a six-car collision. The qualifying timesheet showed that he was straight back on the pace, however, with a lap time disallowed to exceeded track limits as he chased down team-mate Styrin’s Class A Boxster.
Alastair Kirkham stunned the Class C grid with an astonishing 2:05.355 best lap, putting him firmly on pole for the first race of the day. Phillip Waters’ 924 suffered a brake fire and heavy tyre wall collision during the test day, but thanks to considerable effort, he returned to grab 8th place on their grid. And Michael Goodacre was to lead off the Class B cars for the first time ahead of Rebecca Jackson.
No one can describe the Championship as lacking in action: Race 1 on the challenging Cheshire circuit saw a safety car intervention after a serious smash involving Adam Croft and Steve Brown at Lodge – this coming soon after Arjo Josh had skated clean across the gravel and contacted the Armco at Island Bend. Come the final flag, a total of 7 cars were non finishers, Croft’s Boxster being quite severely damaged but Brown’s car just able to limp into the pits. In addition, a Class A car was disqualified for a technical infringement.
Over the remaining few laps, Steve Boyles battled Ian Loggie in their chase of the Class A race with Will Sharpe taking 4th and Nick Hull a season-best fifth.
Chris Valentine successfully fended off the on-form Class B Boxster of Michael Goodacre, but he got through thanks to a fluffed gear change after the race resumed to take his first win of the season.
In the 924s, three of our 2013 newcomers Peter Smith, John Broadley and Mark Rocca failed to finish, but title-chasers Alastair Kirkham and Simon Hawksley again grabbed their 1st and 2nd place points with David Jones in 3rd.
Given the carnage from earlier in the day, it was testimony to the hard work of the teams and drivers to see so many cars actually make it to the start line. A round of applause was heard as Steve Brown entered the Assembly Area, cable ties neatly stitched into his re-assembled front bumper.
A rebuilt engine meant a return for Hen Sharpe at Oulton and he looked set for a Race 2 podium – but he fell foul of the second post-race scrutineering disqualification of the day, leaving Phillip Water’s hastily repaired 924 to take a very well deserved 3rd, behind Kirkham and Hawksley who again reaped the Class C rewards.
Goodacre again did battle with Chris Valentine’s Boxster and made it past to take both a Class A scalp and the Class B title – two in one weekend for the ex-karter from Warrington.
This time around, Will Sharpe got the better of 987-pedaller Steve Boyles to take 3rd in Class A – these two are now neck and neck with Boyles just a single point above Will in the overall table.
There are now just two rounds – five races – left of this season. There continues to be significant interest in the series with a number of new drivers expected to make their début with us next year in all three classes. If you fancy joining this popular and exciting one-make series, please do get in touch via the website. Better still – come and visit us at Cadwell (21st September) or Donington (19th / 20th October) and talk to the drivers and teams to see how you can get involved.
Photos: Ian Forinton