Rockingham Race Preview - October 15th / 16th


Rockingham Motor Speedway Race Preview

The weekend of 15th / 16th October sees the final meeting of the year for the Porsche Championship at Rockingham Motor Speedway. We go into the meeting with a newly crowned overall and Boxster Champion, congratulations for the second year running to Dave Clark. Dave’s only defeats this year have been by Gerry Taylor last time out at Rockingham and Richard Sykes at the last meeting on the new Snetterton 300 circuit. A worthy Champion, Clark made it look a little bit too easy at times, but as the season progressed, other drivers including the aforementioned two and the likes of Rick Styrin and the Bearman brothers were gradually eating away at Dave’s supremacy.

A brief look back at the last meeting at Snetterton, and in the 924 class it was Steve Brown who stamped his authority with two wins but it was left to two hard chargers to take the fastest lap awards, well done to Adam Croft and Mark Mackenzie. Some great, close racing right through the grid in both races in the 924’s last time out, and the Class Championship will be settled at Rockingham this weekend. Three drivers remain in contention, but Brown does have a comfortable cushion over Croft and Alfred will be a great battle to see what Championship order these three will end up in!

Breaking News

In a very exciting development for the Championship, 2012 will see the introduction of a new Class to the Championship that will fit between the 924's and the current Boxster Class. The new class is provisionally called the ‘Production Boxster Class’ and will be just what it says on the tin. Cars will be 3.2S models and virtually standard, including wheels, engines, suspension etc. Control tyres will be mandatory, brake pad materials will be free choice, and these cars will not be allowed hardtops.

Full specifications will be available by mid November, subject to MSA approval to enable interested parties to source cars, conversion parts and sponsorship well in time for the new season. With donor 3.2S Boxsters now available from between £5-7k it should be possible to put a car on the track in the new class for around £10k. The new class will not be replacing either of the current ones but will be a natural progression for 924 drivers wanting to move up, and a great option for newcomers from other racing series wanting to go Porsche racing, without having to find larger budgets required for full blown Boxsters. It is hoped that we will have a new class car on display at the Autosport Show in January, further details will be published when available.
Let’s hope that we finish this season on a high this weekend with some good close racing, no contact and some worthy winners. All at the PDA would like to extend their thanks to the following:

The BRSCC who with their race officials have given us some great racing in 2011.

The British Racing Marshalls, without whom there would be no racing, a terrific bunch of guys and girls.

Carl Chopra and his team at Design for our 2011 sponsorship, very much valued and appreciated.

Toyo and 'Tony Tyres’ ,always there to help and a valued addition to the 924 grid this year.

Motors TV for the great TV footage, and Dave Clark for setting it all up.

All of our sponsors and supporters throughout the season.
Enjoy the weekends racing!

Rockingham Motor Speedway Timetable:

Saturday 15th October:

Qualifying – 10.50am – 20 mins

Race 1 – 14.35 – 20 mins

Sunday 16th October

Race 2 – 12.05 – 20 mins

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