Snetterton - 28th May 2010

Rounds 5 and 6 of the BRSCC Porsche Championship were held at Snetterton circuit in Norfolk on the late May bank holiday weekend, with grids of 20 cars.

Two more Boxsters joined the championship for this round, with Richard Sykes and Martin Braybrook making their debut. Adam Southgate and Hugh Peart also made a welcome return to the championship in their 924's after major work on their cars over the winter.

Qualifying

Sean Cooper qualified on pole for the Boxsters at only his second race meeting, with Dave Clark 2nd and Richard Sykes 3rd. In the 924 class Mark Marshall claimed his first ever pole position with Jayson Flegg 2nd and Steve Brown 3rd. Championship leader Alistair Kirkham qualified an uncharacteristic 5th in class behind Adam Croft in 4th.

The Boxsters were mighty on Snetterton’s back Revett Straight and almost 7 seconds a lap faster than the 924’s. In a dry race we could expect the front running Boxsters to have lapped the entire 924 field with two laps to spare!

Race 1

The grid assembled in torrential rain! The Clerk of the course allowed two green flag sighting laps. This confirmed that it really was very wet, and the river running across Bomb Hole corner was going to induce some alarming mid corner handling!

Red lights out, race start. A total of 20 Boxsters and 924s headed for the first corner, and thanks to the spray, visibility was down to a couple of metres so all competitors were driving by brail and landmarks out of the side windows. Fingertip driving saw the whole field safely round. Quickly into the second corner, and 924 leader Mark Marshall performed a synchronised spin with Martin Braybrook in his Boxster, promoting Jayson Flegg to lead 924. At the front Dave Clark passed Sean Cooper to lead the Boxster class and the race, Richard Sykes and Dave Hughes closely on their tails. Nick Hull called into the pits with a misted up windscreen, and was forced to retire two laps later due to poor visibility. Steve Brown was now 2nd of the 924’s with championship leader Alistair Kirkham pushing hard behind. Sean Siddall in his 924 was having the race of his life having got past round one race winner Adam Croft for 4th in the 924 class.

On lap 4, second placed Sean Cooper began to slow, finally retiring on lap 6. Richard Sykes now in second place was unable to catch a flying Dave Clark.

Back with the 924’s, and Steve Brown ran wide on lap 9, with Alistair quick to take second place off him.

Jayson Flegg showed his class with an incredible drive finishing 3rd overall and claiming fastest lap of the 924’s, just under 2 seconds faster than the closest 924 of Steve Brown. And quicker than two of the Boxsters!

Dave Clark proved himself to be another rain master winning the race and again just under 2 seconds a lap faster than the next best Boxster of Richard Sykes.

Mark Marshall came in a disappointed 11th overall and 7th in class. Adam Southgate failed to complete one lap of his first race of 2010 when his wipers stopped working at turn one. Andrew Hannington finished in 10th (6th in class), behind Sean Siddall and Adam Croft, in a car which by his own admission doesn’t like the rain!

Race 2

Sunday was warm and dry for race 6 of the championship. Grid positions for this race were set by the finishing positions of the wet race on Saturday. Jayson Flegg found himself third on the grid sandwiched between the Boxsters of Richard Sykes and Martin Braybrook. The 924 of Alistair Kirkham just behind on row three. Dave Clark on pole. Nick Hull and Sean Cooper starting from the back of the grid thanks to their DNF’s in race 5. Steve Brown was on row four next to a very pleased Sean Siddall, and ahead of championship rivals Andrew Hannington and Adam Croft.

Off the start, Andrew Hannington had an absolute flyer and was third in class behind Alistair Kirkham. On the back straight. Nick Hull was wasting no time pushing through the field and was up to 6th with Sean Cooper just ahead of him. Steve and Sean Siddall were next to each other at the end of Revett Straight but Steve, on the inside, went in too hot, found himself managing a tank slapper, shot off the track and collected Sean on the way. By the midpoint the field had settled down until Hugh Peart’s car blew an oil seal on the way into Russell Chicane....some cars made it through safely, but Adam Croft and Marc Mackenzie were sent spinning, narrowly avoiding each other and the Hugh’s stranded car! The race was quickly red flagged.

With the grid re assembled it was a 4 lap sprint to the end. Sean Cooper led away from the lights, and despite pressure from Dave Clark held on to win the race. Nick Hull took Richard Sykes for 3rd position on the last lap.

In the 924 class, Alfred Piesinger’s car refused to start on the grid bringing Steve Brown and Adam Croft back into the fight for a podium position. Jayson Flegg led off the line until he succumbed to intense pressure from Andrew Hannington two laps in and span. Andrew and Alistair managed to avoid Jay’s spinning car, but Steve and Adam were now breathing down their necks. On the last lap Andrew’s car began to misfire, but with some professional defending was able to hold onto the lead. The top four cars crossed the line with just 1.76 seconds between them! Jayson finished a disconsolate 5th in class, whilst team mate and race one pole sitter Mark Marshall failed to finish due to a misfire.

A weekend of exciting racing, mixed fortunes and more first time winners. What’s next in store for this fascinating Porsche Championship season?!

Find out at Anglesey on 26th / 27th June!

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