Silverstone Race Preview - April 2011

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Silverstone Preview....the wait is nearly over!

It’s nearly six months since the chequered flag fell on the 2010 Porsche Championship at Snetterton....but finally the new season gets underway at Silverstone this weekend (9th / 10th April)!

With a new title sponsor on board for 2011, Porsche parts specialist, Design911.com, and expected grid sizes of 30+ as the season hits its stride, it’s fair to say that there’s a palpable air of excitement amongst the drivers, car preparers and all involved in the ‘Design911.com Porsche Championship 2011’.

2010 overall Champion, Dave Clark returns to defend his title in his Boxster this year. The general consensus seems to be that he may not have it all his own way again this year though; former 924 Champion Gerry Taylor started to run Clark very close in the last few Boxster races of 2010, and with Richard ‘Stiggy’ Styrin switching to Boxsters after seriously impressing in his debut 924 year, the battle for top spot could be fiercely contested.

‘In it from the start’ Boxster contenders Nick Hull and Dave Hughes are also likely to represent stiff competition for the podium places, and the great news is that we welcome six new peddlers into the Boxster class for Silverstone, taking the total number to 12; rookies Arjo Ghosh, Steven Boyles and Guillaume Gruchet will be testing their skills against experienced brothers John & David Bearman, and a ‘top secret’ professional racing driver and instructor. 2010 Snetterton debutant Mike Sellar makes up the ‘Dirty Dozen’ Boxster drivers, for what should be a compelling season of racing at the sharp end.

It’s great news in the Porsche 924 class as well. A staggering 14 of last year’s 924 pilots are back to try and improve on their 2010 season, and topple class Champion, Andrew Hannington, from his perch. The 2010 924 class saw no less than 7 different race winners including Hannington, and the sensible money would be on Messers Brown, Croft, Flegg, Kirkham and Piesinger adding to their victory tallies during 2011. Snetterton pole sitter Mark Marshall should not be ruled out of that ‘potential winners’ group either, and we’re e expecting great things from 2010 rookies Richard Jones, Paul Bravo, Sean Siddall and Marc Mackenzie. Hugh Peart and Adam Southgate will both be hoping for improved reliability and a change of luck to propel them up the field this year.

The big story in the 924 world is the arrival on the grid of ‘Girlracer.co.uk’ motoring correspondent, business owner, and self-confessed ‘petrol-head’ Rebecca Jackson, who, with long term Le Mans racing ambitions, could well give some of the established lads a run for their money! With a further four or five ‘newbies’ lined up for the 924 class later in the season, the 20th consecutive season of 924 racing looks as strong as ever.

The first meeting of the year takes place on the 1.6 mile Silverstone National circuit, and with the weather set to stay fine, it should make for a thrilling season opener!

We look forward to seeing you there....

Timetable:

Saturday 9th April

Sign on & Scrutineering: 9.30 – 10.00

Qualifying: 11.00 (20 mins)

Race 1: 15.35 (20 mins)

Sunday 10th April

Race 2: 12.30 (20 mins)

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