Mallory Park - 18th July 2010

An action packed day of racing at Mallory Park!

Rounds 9 and 10 of the BRSCC Porsche Championship were held on Sunday 18th July at Mallory Park in Leicestershire.

Qualifying

In the Boxster Class, Richard Sykes flew to his first pole position of the season, 0.8 of a second ahead of Gerry Taylor, with Dave Clark claiming P3. Dave Hughes found himself back amongst the 924’s in 12th on the unfamiliar Mallory Park track.

Meanwhile, qualifying in the 924’s was very, very close! Porsche 924 racing is proving to be highly competitive in 2010. The top 5 cars on the grid were covered by just 0.322 of a second! New boy Richard ‘Stiggy’ Styrin came out on top, with Andrew Hannington and Alistair Kirkham 2nd and 3rd respectively. Jayson Flegg again proved his speed, lining up 4th, whilst Adam Croft rounded out the top 5.

Race 1

In the Porsche 924 class, Richard Styrin led off the line, with Andrew Hannington and Alistair Kirkham giving chase. More disappointment was in store for Jayson Flegg, when his car failed to fire up in the assembly area and he missed the start, promoting Adam Croft to 4th. On the first lap, at the tight hairpin, Andrew pulled his favourite over taking manoeuvre (at any track!) and drove right around the outside of Styrin. Moments later, Alfred Piesinger executed the same move on Adam for 4th place. At two-thirds distance, the misfire Gods intervened, forcing both Alistair and Mark Marshall into retirement, promoting Alfred to the podium behind a hard-fighting Hannington (first) and Styrin (second). Guest driver Anthony Prophet wound up a battling 14th.

Further down the road in the Boxsters, Dave Clark had a cracking run up the inside of Gerry Taylor into the long right hander of Gerards, and by the exit had secured 2nd place. He then set off after leader Richard Sykes and on lap 6 he found a way past, going on to secure his 5th win of the year, and putting him right into Championship contention. Further down the field, the Boxster drivers finished in the same order they started; Sean Cooper in 4th ahead of Nick Hull and a struggling Dave Hughes.

Race 2

As battle resumed late in the day for race 2, Richard Styrin got the drop on Andrew Hannington off the start and led the 924’s home for his first win at only his second race meeting, in what was an incident packed race. Adam Croft pulled off an audacious move around the outside of Gerards to steal third place from Alfred Piesinger on lap one. By mid-race, Styrin was already negotiating back markers, and whilst trying to keep clear of the faster Boxsters, unintentionally side swiped Richard Jones, sending him spinning at Gerards. A few laps later, Kirkham with a storming drive from the back of the field overtook Croft for third, and then Hannington for second place, only for the two to make contact at the hairpin, briefly swapping places, until Alistair made it stick on the start finish straight. Andrew found his way past again three laps from the end, but on the last lap, he and Alistair again made contact at the hairpin, with Andrew spinning into the tyre barrier and Alistair managing to continue to finish the race second behind Styrin. Adam finished right behind him in 3rd, notching up his 4th podium of the season, whilst a recovering Hannington ended up 5th behind Alfred Piesinger. Further down the field, Jayson Flegg had great drive starting from the pit lane to finish 6th in class and Paul Bravo got his best result to date finishing 8th in class behind Marc Mackenzie in 7th.

Over in the Boxster class, Dave Clark achieved a lights to flag victory, and fastest lap, his maximum 52 point haul from the weekend promoting him to the lead of the Class. Further down the field, the finishing order was almost identical to grid line up. Nick Hull with an over filled sump was deploying an effective smoke screen to the 924’s on left hand corners. Sean Cooper and Gerry Taylor had a race long battle, Sean getting the drop on Gerry off the start for 3rd only to lose it again at the hairpin. Electrical gremlins struck Gerry’s car on the last lap and he was forced to slow, allowing Sean back through and onto the 3rd step of the podium. Richard Sykes once again finished a very strong second in the Boxsters.

John Broadley

Special mention should go to experienced 924 campaigner John Broadley, who regrettably announced his decision to (temporarily?) hang up his helmet after the Mallory weekend. John bowed out with two strong points finishes at Mallory, and a season best 5th last time out at Anglesey. We wish John all the best and hope to see him back at our races in the near future.

Summer break

After a frenetic start to the season, the BRSCC Porsche Championship now takes a 6 week summer break before the next round at Rockingham on August Bank Holiday weekend. This presents the perfect opportunity for the drivers to recharge their batteries, work on their car’s performance, and repair any crash damage before the final, crucial, three meetings of the season between August and October. With the points situation in both Classes delicately poised, and the honour of overall Championship winner still very much wide open, everyone will be desperate to get back out on track by the end of August!

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