Oulton Park Preview - March 2012

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Gentlemen, please start your engines....!

The winter break is over....the 2012 Logson Group Porsche Championship finally kicks into action this weekend (Saturday 31st March) at the challenging Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire!

With a new Boxster class, some new faces throughout the grid, some established names looking to make their mark in 2012, and the absence of the 2011 Champion Dave Clark, this year’s Championship promises to be the most hotly contested yet.

 

Now in its third year as a multi-class series, it is well established on the national motorsport calendar and for the first time enjoys the support of the LOGSON GROUP as its title sponsor. LOGSON GROUP's MD Ian Loggie did a couple of guest drives in the Boxster class in 2011 and he liked it so much he bought the Championship! Welcome on board Ian, and we wish you every success in this year’s events.

In the ‘Race Spec Boxster’ class Richard Styrin looks on paper to be the driver to beat....but beware the newcomers! Richard Sykes has a brand new 987 model Boxster and if his results during guest appearances last year are anything to go by, we should expect the sparks to fly today. Former GT Cup class Champion Tom Andrew looks set to enter the Boxster Championship in style, and was putting in some impressive times at the open test session at Oulton two weeks ago......as was long term Porsche Championship protagonist Gerry Taylor, heading up the Taylors Foundry 'Boxster Boys' team. As one member of the TF team, Adam Croft will be racing the ex-Clark Boxster this year; some big shoes to fill for 2011’s Porsche 924 runner up!

Last year’s 924 Champion Steve Brown, along with Steve Potts, are the first two drivers to build cars to meet the spec for the new 2012 ‘Production Boxster’ class. The Productions are an unknown quantity and it will be interesting to see how they compare against the two established classes.

The venerable Porsche 924's are out in force and still major players in the Championship, but which drivers are going to fill the shoes of Messers Brown, Croft and Piesinger this year? With the latter being transferred back to Austria, the Championship is wide open. Maybe we will see our first female champ in the form of Rebecca Jackson who made significant progress towards the end of 2011. But the smart money would be on Alastair Kirkham, Sean Siddall and possibly new-boy David Hornsey sharing the spoils at round one.....but unknowns in the shape of Karl Rossin and returnee Richard Jones might just be the spoilers in that equation!

All the ingredients are in place for it to be another great season! Here’s wishing all the competitors good luck and a safe passage through the LOGSON GROUP 2012 PORSCHE CHAMPIONSHIP.

Look out for us on Motors TV this year (schedule to be confirmed).

Also, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/porscheracingdrivers for the latest news and photos from the Championship.

Oulton Park Timetable – Saturday 31st March 2012

Qualifying – 9.25am – 20 mins

Race 1 – 1.30pm – 20 mins

Race 2 – 5.15pm – 20 mins

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