Hayes and Kirkham do the Double Dutch

Hayes and Kirkham do the Double Dutch

A weekend of wind and rain failed to dampen the spirits of the Toyo Tires BRSCC Porsche Drivers as the third round of the 2015 season took the Championship overseas to Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Friday's practice session saw Jayson Flegg crash out near the end of the final session, suffering extensive damage to the car only recently repaired after Rockingham. Despite the best efforts of on-hand sponsors Jasmine PorschaLink UK supplying parts, the rear suspension mounting points being out of line meant he could not continue in his own vehicle. Comradeship in the pits from Ed Hayes saw the Yorkshireman lend Flegg his spare car with Hayes jumping the spare TF Boxster, which he promptly used to set the fastest time in qualifying,  nearly three seconds ahead of Richard Avery and Garry Lawrence. Michael Goodacre chose Zandvoort to be his first race of the season in the sole Class B car; Adam Croft showed the pace that had led to his wins earlier in the year, ahead of Phillip Waters and Nizar el-Chamaa.

Adam Croft took his qualifying form into Race 1, leading from pole to flag to take the first race win of the weekend and to continue his stronghold on the 924 class. An intense battle at the top of the Race Boxster class between Ed Hayes and Richard Avery saw top spot exchanged several times over the course of the race. Hayes led for the opening few laps before a clever move from Richard Avery saw him take the lead, which he held for most of the race. Ed Hayes then managed to regain the lead with two laps to go, holding on for the first podium of the weekend, with Avery in second and Garry Lawrence a strong third.

Sunday saw some very poor and troublesome weather for the drivers, as Adam Southgate found out when he span into gravel after leading the second race. Ed Hayes took a very good second win of the weekend after another great battle with Richard Avery – with Nick Hull taking third (his first podium of the season) after a strong performance despite the conditions. Southampton Driver John Cleland also scored a DNF after he started late with suspension issues. Garry Lawrence finished down in fifth, putting him in a good position for the reverse grid for race three.

A strong battle in the 924 class between Alastair Kirkham, David Jones, Nizar el-Chamaa and Adam Croft saw the former take the race win Niz in 2nd and Jones in 3rd. Despite a strong performance, Adam Croft missed out on a podium in the weekends 2nd race, finishing forth.

The reverse grid for race three perhaps made some of the best viewing of the season so far. Despite its best efforts, the weather failed to hold and with ten minutes to go the heavens opened creating havoc on the track. Michael Goodacre had found his race legs in Class B and was running with a clear margin above the chasing 924s where Alastair Kirkham led with Philip Waters close behind. Jayson Flegg, leading comfortably for most of the race, span out when the rain returned, handing the lead to Ed Hayes; he then span giving the lead to Garry Lawrence whose spin on the final corner of the final lap gave Richard Avery a free run to the flag. Adam Southgate and another podium finish for Nick Hull completed the top three in an intense final race.

Another good battle between Adam Croft and Alastair Kirkham saw the latter take a double race win, with Croft missing out on a podium finish; Philip Waters took 2nd from Nizar el-Chamaa in 3rd.

Round four takes us to Donington Park in a mere two weeks, so Flegg Racing will be hard pushed to return both Jayson and Mark Marshall's Boxsters to serviceability for what will likely be our best-attended race of the season as part of the FIA Historic Masters event on the GP circuit on 4/5th July.

Words and photos kindly supplied by Brian Goff and James Boult​ of Jasmine Porshalink.

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