Snetterton 300 Race Preview


Snetterton 300 Preview - 28th / 29th April

The season opener for the Logson Group Porsche Championship at Oulton Park could not have been a more frenetic event if it had tried! With twenty-five cars entered things were always going to be a little bit exciting around Oulton’s undulating circuit but if it’s a message of what is to follow, we are in for a treat this weekend (28th / 29th April) at Snetterton.

If the last meetings results are a guide, Gerry Taylor looks the man to beat in the 'full-fat' Boxster class, stamping his authority with two wins and a maximum points tally. However, the smart money might go to a different winner in the shape of Richard Sykes, in the newer and more powerful 987 model, who showed well up against 2011 champion Dave Clark at last year’s Snetterton finale. Prior to Oulton, Rick Styrin would have been the man to beat but the ever smiling Yorkshireman ended both races in the kitty litter with brake problems and no points to show for his sterling efforts to get past Sykes. The driver to benefit from Styrin’s misfortunes, and on current form fancies another podium this weekend, is one half of the Bearman duo, David. New faces to the championship and the Boxster class, Tom Andrew and Logson Group MD, Ian Loggie will be chomping at the bit. As will Adam Croft, who now lies in fourth place in the fledgling points table. Tom, Ian and Adam are all more than capable of a podium this weekend.
Stephen Potts and Steve Brown are flying the flag for the new Production Boxster class this weekend, Potts stealing an early points advantage over Brown after the latter encountered mechanical gremlins at Oulton in the first race. A steady trickle of new enquiries for the newly introduced class should hopefully see six cars on circuit by mid-season.
We previously predicted that maybe 2012 might see us with our first female champion in the 924 class. After a non-start through lack of brakes in race one, Rebecca Jackson stormed through the pack in race two like the proverbial freight train and proudly hopped onto the podium for a stunning third place. In a class of his own was Alastair Kirkham. The '924 Meister' was unbeatable and the smart money would be on him this weekend. Watch out also for James Atherton, who snatched a podium third place at Oulton on his first appearance! Podium possibilities exist this weekend for Tony 'Toyo' Mekwinski and Karl Rossin, who are currently third and fourth in the points respectively. The 924 class promises to be the most hotly contested class yet in 2012.
Comparisons were being drawn between the two Boxster classes before the first round but looking at the results I am quietly confident that with maybe a few minor tweeks for 2013 we have the perfect stepping stone for the series between the current classes and they will be a force to be reckoned with and the ideal way to attract new talent.
This weekend we have the first of our 'Triple Header' meetings; three races over the weekend. The format is as follows: 

Race 1  - Grid based on the fastest lap in qualifying.
Race 2  - Grid based on the results of race 1
Race 3 -  Grid based on second fastest lap in Qualifying.
Don’t forget that you can watch all the action on MOTORS TV and the next round will be at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire on Saturday May 13th.

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