Hull Returns as Porter and Smith Stretch Leads

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Hull Returns as Porter and Smith Stretch Leads

They do warn those coming to Anglesey to expect all weathers and those who chose to test on the Friday were met by appalling weather. Only Andy Porter tested in a Boxster, with circuit newcomers John Jones and Chris Valentine out in the afternoon to try to learn the circuit - not easy given the conditions.

Qualifying
In contrast to the day before, Saturday's qualifying session was dry and sunny, and very windy, but the track was in excellent condition for racing. In the Class A Boxsters, Porter landed pole from Hull who's problems appeared to have finally been banished with the car now running well. Next up were Garry Lawrence from Leigh Bowden, who had never run a Class A Boxster at Anglesey before. In the 924s, Pete Smith was once again on pole from Karl Rossin; the next three were Moluto team mates Jones and Valentine, then Andy Pritchard separated by less than 0.2 seconds promising a close race.

Race 1
Saturday's dry and bright weather continued and it was a sunny Anglesey that welcomed the first Porsche race of the weekend. Jones looked slightly pale as the ensemble made their way to the assembly area having suffered from a bought of food poisening in the night.

Nick Hull got a great start to lead after the first lap from Lawrence and polesitter Porter in P3 from Leigh Bowden in fourth. On lap 2 Lawrence got through into the lead and started to pull clear of Hull who was being closely pursued by Porter. His pressure paid off, and by lap 4 Porter was up into P2 and chasing the rapid Lawrence for the lead, with Hull just behind.

This was the position for the next few laps as the top three circulated in close company, until Lawrence slowed at the end of 11 laps and pulled into the pits with engine failure and retirement - sadly he would play no further part in the weekend's action. This promoted Porter into a lead he maintained to the end from a pacy Hull with Bowden completing the podium a few seconds back.

In the 924 class, Rossin led from the start, from Smith and Jones, followed by an uncharacteristically aggressive Valentine, who swapped paint with team mate Jones on the run up to School.

After three laps, Smith's pressure told as Rossin ran slightly wide through Church, and he took the lead he was never to lose. Valentine clearly saw this as his cue to mount a charge on Rossin and proceeded to keep the Bedford electrician under increasing pressure, to eventually grab second place when Rossin's car threatened to get away from him on the exit of Rocket on lap 5. These two were then tied together in a close battle, never less than a second apart, for the remainder of the race. Despite Rossin's best efforts, Valentine managed to hold onto the position, taking a well-deserved 2nd by just 0.8 sec at the flag.

Further back Jones held 4th comfortably from Pritchard, having eased out a 5 second gap until Pritchard started to reel him in again, gaining rapidly over the last few laps and finally finishing just 0.4 seconds behind and reckoning he would have been past with one more lap.

Race 2
Our grid was depleted for second race on Sunday with the absence of Lawrence, who sensibly made a start on his long journey home to the West Country. Smith was late to assembly after a serious issue was discovered with a rear wheel - fixed in the nick of team by Moluto mechanic Clive Morison.

At lights out it was Hull who led from the start and looked comfortable in first place at the end of the first lap - until a quick spin at Rocket on lap 2 saw him drop to third behind Porter and Bowden. On recovering, Hull closed on Bowden but the latter was showing great pace in P2 and first stabilised the gap, then managed to pull away again to finish second - his best result of the season - 3.8 seconds ahead at the chequered flag, despite running wide at one point. Meanwhile Porter circulated rapidly at the head of the field, finishing almost 5 seconds clear of Bowden.

In the 924 class the first 3 were rapidly established as Smith from Rossin and Valentine. Rossin backed out of a move up the inside at Church and with Jones still close behind, the group came close to a coming together with brakes locking up as they battled for position at Rocket. After their early excitement, the three remained in this order to the flag so it was up to the battling duo of Jones and Pritchard to provide the 924 class excitement. In a repeat of the first race, Jones initially pulled away from Pritchard and was five seconds ahead after four laps. However, Pritchard then started to close the gap and they engaged in a race-long battle that saw Pritchard past on the penultimate lap as they were being caught by Class A Boxsters, and he managed to maintain his advantage to the flag, the pair finishing a mere 0.7 seconds apart.

And so with the sixth round complete, and a break in racing in September, the Championship is left with two more weekends - both triple-headers - at Silverstone (5-6th October) then Donington (19-20th October), the latter to include a 40-minute race for double points. Some drivers, including Jones and Valentine, are opting to share this season finale with guest drivers, so the overall titles in both classes could well go down to the wire.

Results - Anglesey

August 17th 2019

Class A Supersport Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position
1 Andrew Porter 1
2 Nick Hull 2
3 Leigh Bowden 4

Class B Sport Boxster 2.7

  Driver Grid Position

Class C Production Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position

Class D Classic 924

  Driver Grid Position
1 Peter Smith 1
2 Chris Valentine 4
3 Karl Rossin 2

August 17th 2019

Class A Supersport Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position
1 Andrew Porter 1
2 Leigh Bowden 3
3 Nick Hull 2

Class B Sport Boxster 2.7

  Driver Grid Position

Class C Production Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position

Class D Classic 924

  Driver Grid Position
1 Peter Smith 1
2 Karl Rossin 3
3 Chris Valentine 2

Championship Standings

  Driver Points
1 Andrew Porter 163.0
2 Garry Lawrence 159.5
3 Nick Hull 138.5
  Driver Points
  Driver Points
  Driver Points
1 Hugh Peart 138.5
2 Peter Smith 132.0
3 John Jones 123.5

Next race

Silverstone (Int'l) - 5th / 6th October 2019

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