Porter Closes on Lawrence as Valentine Takes First Win

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Porter Closes on Lawrence as Valentine Takes First Win

The record-setting, stifling heat of just a few days before had fortunately subsided and the Saturday morning qualifying session took place on a wet surface after heavy rain, and continuous drizzle made for a very slippery track. Andy Porter set the pace with a lap that was, at one point, 4 seconds quicker than the next fastest car, benefitting from the wet testing he'd done the previous day. By the end, local man Anthony Hutchins had closed the gap to be P2, followed by Garry Lawrence and Leigh Bowden. Nick Hull was left languishing down among the 924s by a repeat of the cutting-out problems experienced at Croft which he thought had been cured by the replacement of a defective sensor in the cars electronic system. Pete Smith on his Brands debut was the fastest in the 924s ahead of the rapid Chris Valentine with John Jones a little further back.

Race 1
Although the rain had subsided after qualifying, it returned in time for the first race of the weekend. Porter led off the line, and was comfortably ahead by the end of lap 1 from the quick-starting Hull in second, with Leigh Bowden taking third from Lawrence as they crossed the line. Hutchins threw away his excellent grid position with a big spin at Graham Hill, dropping to last on the road to then commence a climb back through the field. Nick Hull slowed as he suffered a repeat of his cutting-out issue at Paddock after two laps, but continued after switching off and restarting the car which seemed to cure the problem. Bowden was by then up to P2.

In the 924s, Valentine was putting leader Smith under pressure, again showing surprisingly good form in the wet conditions.

Bowden was being closed down by Lawrence, and the pair circulated rapidly in second and third as Porter extended his comfortable lead. By lap 8, the recovering Hutchins was catching Hull who was back up to race speed, and a lap later Lawrence was past Bowden into second, and set off to catch leader Porter. Bowden continued to put pressure on Garry, setting fastest lap on the way, before dropping back a few seconds. On lap, 10 Hull finally retired with a recurrence of the same trouble and for the final few laps, Lawrence finally caught Porter, who kept him at bay to take the flag just 0.75 seconds ahead, with Bowden in P3 and the recovering Hutchins fourth.

In the 924s, Valentine's race-long pressure on leader Pete Smith finally paid off as Smith spun at the exit of Graham Hill on lap 15, allowing Valentine to take his first Toyo Tires Porsche Championship class win. Jones completed his first ever wet race without incident to close off the Class D podium.

Race 2
Nick Hull was forced to call it a day with his 986 continuing to show the sensor issue. The track this time was fully dry as once again as the lights went out, Porter led off the start from Lawrence, Hutchinson and Bowden.

Class D's Valentine took advantage of his pole position and with Jones' flying start delaying Smith, led the 924s for fully six laps until a quicker run through Paddock and up the hill gave Smith the momentum to go for a brave but safe overtake on the inside at Druids.

Up at the front, Lawrence was closing on Porter, and by lap 6 had got past. Porter wasn't giving up though, and by lap 10 had retaken the lead. Meanwhile Hutchins in P3 was coming under pressure from Bowden, who was closing with every lap. Lawrence continued to put Porter under pressure, but he held on to take second just 0.2 seconds behind, and grabbing the fastest lap point along the way. Bowden's determined pursuit of Hutchins ended on the last lap as Bowden spun at the exit of Druids, enabling Hutchins to take a comfortable third from the recovering Bowden.

In the 924s, Smith slowly pulled a lead over Valentine to take the eventual win ten seconds clear. Jones circulated steadily, gaining pace as the race went on and again taking a well deserved class third.

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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