Tyre Tactics pay off for Sumpter at Silverstone

A shrewd move by Mark Sumpter paid off for him in the first of two races on the Silverstone GP circuit this weekend, hosted by the MG Car Club. Persistent rain arrived just in time to spoil the fun for the Pirelli slick-clad pack as they set off on the first of two warm-up laps, but experienced racerĀ Sumpter dived into the pit lane for a hasty change to wets. Volunteering to start last on a grid of 30 cars wouldn’t be the first choice of many a driver, but from the lights-out his decision paid off and soon he was carving through the pack to take an eventual overall and Class 1 win by a massive 35 seconds over current Championship leader Tom Bradshaw in his 986 Boxster.
John McCullagh took the Class 2 win overĀ  Graham Knight and Mark Koeberle.

Normality was restored for the second and final race of the day, and although Bradshaw was beaten off the line by Adrian Slater in the #27 964 C2, the Boxster was back in front by the time the leaders reached Stowe. Pete Morris finished 2nd in Class 1 in his 996 C2 with McAleer third over team-mate Sumpter in 4th. McCullagh, Knight and Koeberle repeated their Race 1 finish to take the Class 2 honours.

The Porsche Club Championship meet again at Castle Combe in Wiltshire on August 26th.


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