Championships Tighter after Silverstone Triple-header

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Championships Tighter after Silverstone Triple-header

Our seventh and penultimate round of the season saw the return of Boxster drivers Andy Baker and Kevin Ludford, who had taken a year off racing. Qualifying - which took place on a dull but drying track, shared again with the Alfa Romeo championship - was incident-free and the usual front runners Garry Lawrence and Andy Porter locked out the front row separated by less than a tenth. There was a strong third for Anthony Hutchins followed by Leigh Bowden, Baker and Ludford - who hadn't so much as sat in the car for a year before Qualifying.

In Class D, Pete Smith and Hugh Peart were separated by less than a second with Moluto teammates Chris Valentine and John Jones a little further back.

Race 1
The track was still dry but a cold wind blowing as the Porsche field lined up behind the Alfas. The Alfas started on the lights, with the Porsches starting with a traditional waved Union Jack a few seconds later. Lawrence led off the line, but Porter was ahead by the time they crossed the line at the end of lap 1. Hutchins was close behind in 3rd from Bowden, Ludford and Baker.

In the 924 class, Pete Smith led after one lap from the fast starting Jones, Valentine and Peart bring up the rear.

By the second lap the Boxsters were mixing with the tail end of the Alfa field and Lawrence was ahead of Porter. Valentine was past Jones in the 924s and Peart was on the tail of Smith, getting past on the 3rd lap.

On the next lap Porter, was back leading the Boxsters and there was a close fight for third between Hutchins and Bowden. Lawrence and Porter swapped positions throughout the rest of the race until Lawrence had a spin on the last lap, leaving Porter a clear run to the flag from a recovering Lawrence in P2. Further back, Bowden managed to get past Hutchins, only to drop back a couple of laps later after a quick spin. He recovered and managed to stay ahead of the duelling Ludford and Baker.

Smith took a comfortable win from Valentine with Peart pulling away from Jones as the latter slowed towards the end.

Race 2
After heavy overnight rain, a wet track greeted teams on Sunday. However, by the time the second Porsches/Alfas race started the track was almost dry with the sun shining, particularly on the Hanger/Stowe part of the circuit.

Porter made another good start in the Boxsters and led after one lap from Hutchins from Lawrence, Bowden, Ludford and Baker.

Jones got another great start in the 924s, climbing from the back of the grid to P1 after one lap from Valentine, Smith and Peart. After 2 laps the 924 lead was in the hands of Valentine, from Smith with Jones in third being hounded heavily by Peart.

By Lap 4, Porter's Boxster was ahead of Lawrence, hotly pursued by Hutchins and Bowden, with Ludford and Baker involved in their own scrap for 5th place. By then Peart was past Jones' 924.

Lap 5 brought a Safety Car while a pair of wayward Alfa Romeos were recovered, allowing the field to close up before racing again, and this time Laawrence stayed ahead to the flag despite coming under heavy pressure from Porter. Bowden got past Hutchins with 2 laps to go and closed on the top two to finish in a strong third just 1.5 seconds behind. Hutchins finished a solitary 4th, while Baker beat Ludford for 5th after a race-long dice.

In the 924s Smith finished just 1.3 seconds ahead of the charging Valentine with Peart completing the podium in P3 and Jones 4th.

Race 3
The third race was all Porsche, and run to the usual reverse grid format. The rain held off and as the field faced a dry track, Hutchins made the most of his row 2 starting position to lead comfortably from the start. Initially Lawrence - now devoid of at least two of his gears - ran in P2, but Porter was second after two laps with Bowden further back from Ludford and Baker.

Hutchins was in inspired form, and led comfortably all the way through to lap 10, when he slowed and later pitted with an exhaust problem as smoke filled the cockpit. This left Lawrence in the lead after he got past Porter on lap 7, a position he held to the end despite Porters’s best efforts to get past. Bowden cruised into 3rd followed by Ludford who this time got the better of Baker.

In the 924 class Smith took another comfortable win from Peart and Valentine - who recovered from a spin at Abbey - and the pair finished less than a second apart. They were followed by Jones who had put in a very strong drive to run second for most of the race - despite the attentions of championship leader Peart - until a lurid spin in the same spot as Valentine dropped him to 4th.

Our final round of the season - on Donington's National circuit - follows in just two weeks and will include one 20-minute and one 40-minute race with some drivers inviting friends and even their race mechanics to share their cars. Both class titles are up for grabs so it promises to be a thrilling weekend.

Text and photo: John Broadley

Results - Donington Park

October 19th 2019

Class A Supersport Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position
1 James Coleman 2
2 Ed Hayes 5
3 Garry Lawrence 1

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 Andrew Pritchard 3
3 Chris Valentine 4

October 19th 2019

Class A Supersport Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position
1 Garry Lawrence 2
2 Richard Avery 1
3 Ed Hayes 1

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 John Jones 5
3 Ryan Lowry 5

October 19th 2019

Class A Supersport Boxster 3.2

  Driver Grid Position

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

Championship Standings

  Driver Points
1 Garry Lawrence 304.5
2 Andrew Porter 293.0
3 Leigh Bowden 220.5
  Driver Points
  Driver Points
  Driver Points
1 Peter Smith 211.0
2 Chris Valentine 174.0
3 John Jones 174.0

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