Anglesey - 26th June 2010

Fun in the sun at Anglesey!

A glorious Anglesey Coastal circuit provided the venue for rounds 7 and 8 of the BRSCC Porsche Championship. Temperatures in the high 20's and cloud-free skies were a welcome contrast to the previous soggy Snetterton race!

Mid-point in the season and the Championship is closer than ever. In the Porsche 924 class, Steve Brown became the 5th different winner. Regular front runners Adam Croft and Alistair Kirkham also finished on the podium with guest driver Richard Styrin achieving 2nd and 4th placed finishes in his first ever races in a 924. After the weekend, Alistair maintains his Championship lead, Steve moved into 2nd ahead of Andrew Hannington, who is a very close 3rd, after a tough weekend.

The Boxsters are equally close. New entrant Gerry Taylor became the 4th different winner this season in race two, whilst Dave Clark was dominant as ever in race one. Both Richard Sykes and Sean Cooper are determined to stay in the mix. ‘Mr Consistency’, Dave Hughes maintains his position as Class leader, but with eight races still to go, can he hang on to his narrow lead?

Qualifying

Qualifying for the Boxsters was dominated by Dave Clark and new boy Gerry Taylor, with both over a second a lap faster than the rest of the Class B field. Dave put in a flier to claim pole, just 0.15 seconds ahead of Gerry.

Steve Brown was on pole for the 924’s, with Championship leader Alistair Kirkham lining up in 2nd. Guest driver Richard Styrin did a fantastic job in an unfamiliar car and qualified 3rd of the 924’s.

Race 1

Steve Brown led from lights to flag to score a dominant win in the 924’s. Meanwhile a titanic battle was unfolding for 2nd place. Adam Croft had a brilliant start from 4th on the grid, and was into second in front of Alistair Kirkham by the first corner, with guest driver Richard Styrin hot on their heels. Further down the field, Jayson Flegg got the jump on team mate Mark Marshall on the first lap for 5th in class, whilst Andrew Hannington was forced to limp around at the back of the field with a blocked fuel pump.

On lap 6, Jayson moved up to 4th, but was forced to slow on lap 9 with an overheating engine allowing Richard Styrin back through. On the same lap and in the mêlée, Alistair out foxed Adam and moved up into 2nd place.

In the Porsche Boxster class, Dave Clark again showed his talent, with a convincing win leading from the lights. Gerry Taylor lost his 2nd place to a fast starting Richard Sykes, but promptly claimed it back on lap two. Sykes suffered further misfortune on lap five when he slipped down to 5th and was passed by both Sean Cooper and Dave Hughes. Nick Hull, suffering with over-heating tyres, span to the back of the Boxster pack at the tricky Rocket corner.

Race 2

In the 924's, Steve Brown again led away from the line, but this time Alistair and Richard weren't going to let him get away so easily. First Alistair and then Richard, who made it up to second later in the race, applied sustained pressure, especially through the Corkscrew, where both were faster than Steve but neither could find a way past before the end of the race. Andrew Hannington had fixed his car and lived up to his 'uber starter' reputation by moving from 7th in class to 5th by the first corner! From then on, he was locked in a race long battle with Adam Croft for 4th place, but couldn't quite find a way through before the chequered flag fell.

In race 2 for the Boxsters, Dave Clark was in the lead off the start, with Gerry Taylor chasing, Richard Sykes in 3rd and Dave Hughes 4th. Nick Hull got a run on Sean Cooper coming out of the Corkscrew on the first lap, and passed him on the start finish straight, only to spin at Rocket three laps later. The same corner caught out race leader Dave Clark who, having built up a 4.4 second lead, suffered ABS failure on the approach and hit the barrier, promoting Gerry to the lead and his first Boxster win in only his second race. Sean Cooper, now in 4th, had discovered the secret of overtaking at the banked hairpin (go high and cut in for a good exit) and got alongside Dave Hughes, only to miss a gear at Rocket and spin demoting him back to 4th.

Martin Braybrook was forced to miss Race One, as although he had arrived on Saturday, his car hadn't! Fortunately by Sunday driver and car were united and Martin completed his 3rd race in the championship finishing 6th in class and 13th overall.

Eight races down. Eight races to go. And we haven’t even talked about the obligatory three dropped scores yet....it’s all to play for as the BRSCC Porsche Championship races on into the second half of the season!

Next race

Anglesey - 11th / 12th August 2018

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