Rockingham Race Preview - August 2012


Rockingham Race Preview - 18th / 19th August 2012

For round six of the Logson Group Porsche Championship we move onto Rockingham Motor Speedway on 18th / 19th August, on the International Super Sports Circuit (Long). The previous meeting at Silverstone saw the usual protagonists in the Boxster classes taking the major points with the exception of one. Qualifying was rocked when the quiet man of the paddock and staunch Championship supporter, Steve Boyles, put the 77 car firmly on pole ahead of current Championship leaders Messrs Styrin and Sykes. The Nottingham driver and the 987 variant of the Boxster were at one and congratulations came from all quarters as the qualifying times were announced. To prove it was no fluke, Steve followed this up with two strong thirds in the races proper. It was business as usual in the Production Boxsters with Steve Brown taking a double ahead of Messrs Potts and Printy.

The most fiercely contested action came in the 924's with returnee Dave Hornsey taking a brace of wins followed home closely by the ever improving Simon Hawksley. Marc Mackenzie took the third place on the podium in race one but probably the biggest cheer of the day at prize giving was for third place in race two. The hospitality unit erupted when Tony 'Toyo' Mekwinski took his first trophy and on the same day that he celebrated his 60th birthday - a well-earned reward indeed.

Boxster frontrunner Gerry Taylor will be back in action this weekend following his Olympic cycling administrative duties, driving  the TF Motorsport 986 Boxster to spice up proceedings at the front of the grid, whilst team mate Adam Croft will be looking to improve on his Boxster-best finish of 4th at Silverstone. In the mid-field, Swiss resident Paul Moraviec along with Chris Valentine are settling down to life with the Boxsters in their first season with the formula, whilst Nick Hull secured a couple of solid finishes  at Silverstone; could it just be that we see the affable Yorkshire man inside the top six this weekend in the distinctive Newbridge Motorsport entered 986 Boxster.

In the 924’s we hope to see current Championship leader Alistair Kirkham back at the sharp end after a miserable weekend of mechanical woes at Silverstone. James Atherton will also be hoping to find some lost form this weekend and get back up amongst the front runners in the 924's as will Rebecca Jackson whose car is now in the caring hands of 'Fudge' and his team at the Victoria Garage in Yorkshire, after an unfortunate big shunt last time out.

Once again we are expecting grids of over 25 Porsches in total this weekend, and the racing promises to be as exciting as ever in this Championship! We look forward to seeing you there!

John B F Clark - Championship Co-Ordinator

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