Brands Hatch Preview - 13th / 14th August


Brands Hatch Race Preview - 13th / 14th August

The Design Porsche Championship moves south for its sixth meeting of the 2011 calendar, to sunny Kent and the Brands Hatch circuit, for what could be one of the most competitive meetings so far this year.  The last meeting at Rockingham saw Dave Clark’s stranglehold on the Boxster class finally broken by some spirited driving from Gerry Taylor.  Resplendent in its new livery Clark’s Boxster picked up a brace of second places behind Taylor who stamped his authority on the meeting with two firsts.  It is doubtful whether Gerry Taylor will be competing this weekend as he is involved in the route planning for the Olympic cycle trials around the Boxhill area of Surrey, Gerry an ex-British team member and cyclist of some note will be exploiting the possibilities of making the dash from Boxhill to Brands to maybe compete in at least one of the weekend’s races.  Martin Braybrook made a welcome return to the Boxsters at Rockingham, the Brookspeed principal enjoying a leisurely weekend in one of the teams rent-a-cars.  Guillaume Gruchet was a man on a mission at the ‘Rock’, although a couple of minor offs impeded his drive through the his progress this weekend though!

In the 924 class, competition will be fiercer than ever with Steven Brown establishing himself at the top of the points table after two wins at Rockingham.  Jayson Flegg was unable to turn a wheel in anger due to a mystery gremlin at Rockingham but the Dunstable Haulier will be going flat out to recover some points this weekend, along with fellow front runner Alfred Piesinger who had an equally miserable weekend in the Victoria Garage car.  Previous 924 Champion Mark McAleer made a brief return to the 924 championship after an absence of some five years and missed a podium slot by just one place in an underpowered car, but just may be tempted back into the series again.

This weekend the Design Championship cars will be on display in the lower paddock, come and say Hi, look at the cars and meet the drivers.  If you own a Porsche and want to make it stand out from the crowd then visit our sponsors website on Design, you won’t be disappointed.

On September 17thand 18th, the championship moves to Snetterton to race on the much revised Norfolk circuit, more details to follow nearer the time on

Enjoy the weekend’s racing at Brands Hatch, have a safe journey home and leave the racing to the professionals.

 John B F Clark

Championship Co-ordinator

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