Joining a tightly-run schedule of qualifying, racing and demonstration laps of historically important Porsches, the Speed Championship fielded 15 cars and drivers plus another three drivers in an invitation class on the tight and twisty 1.2-mile Indy circuit.
Under warm, dry conditions we saw some of the fastest times we’ve seen since we first sprinted at Brands 14 years ago.
A varied selection ran in the Invitation Class, with previous Speed Championship competitor Ross McDonald taking third place in his ’73 RS recreation with a time of 102.04. Paul Simpson was due to compete directly in P1 in a 964 but an oil leak in that car meant he ran a race-ready ‘4-cylinder Challenge’ 944 in the sprint instead and took second place in 96.94. Having previously competed in the Championship and having been the fastest driver in the sprint challenge at Brands way back in 2004, Brian Winstone still provided the speed in his GT3RS with a first place in the Invitation Class in 96.23.
Three drivers ran in Class P3 at Brands with Martin Leach taking his 911E to third place in 103.43 while Stephen Jory (944) and Wayne Eason (Boxster) were neck-and-neck over the day with Stephen taking second in 97.87 while Wayne took his ninth class win this season in 97.55.
Alongside four other drivers in his class, Tom Fisher (Boxster S) found some remarkable pace for a first timed run of 94.41 for third place in Class P2 while Graham Rose dealt with an unfamiliar gearbox and suspension set-up in his 924 S to better Tom’s time by 0.92 seconds for second place. With two quick and close times in the afternoon, Justin Mather’s (supercharged 2.7 924S) sprinting experience showed through yet again with a final run of 92.96 for the class win.
The largest class at Brands was Class P1 with seven drivers entered. Darren Slater (Cayman S) neatly cut his times down over the day to produce a final fastest time of 93.47 for third place. In second place, driving a Boxster 718 S was Peter Taylor demonstrating again the consistent pace that has seen him picking up a notable collection of trophies this season. Peter’s second time run gave him a time of 91.35. Also driving a 718 S was David Dyson who showed what a consistently quick driver he is from the first practice run until the final timed sprint with a blistering 90.24 for the class win.