The penultimate round of the 2017 season ran at Curborough Sprint Course under warm and dry driving conditions with17 PCGB drivers attending. There were very close times within each class as well as a couple of class records created on Curborough’s ‘figure 8’ course layout.
Stephen Jory and Stuart Maclean made up Class P4 with Stuart giving away nearly 30bhp in the power differential between his 924 and Stephen’s 944. In the end, just over three and a half seconds separated them, with Stuart taking second place in 69.27 while Stephen powered ahead to create a new P4 class record of 65.71.
With competitors taking holidays, numbers were slightly depleted in Class P3 at Curborough, meaning that critical bonus points were also reduced for the three P3 competitors running on the day. Taking third place in a shared drive in Justin Mather’s 924S was David Chivers with a fastest time of 70.65. Much closer, with just 0.83 seconds between them, were Simon Parkin (Boxster) and Justin. Simon’s final run of the day earned in second place in 66.01 while Justin took his 924S to the second of the day’s class records with a winning time of 65.18.
A suspected broken clutch meant Mick Brown was unable to complete the first practice run, leaving five drivers in Class P2 with the fastest three extremely close with just 0.40 seconds separating them. Taking third place, with 0.08 seconds between him and second place, was Andy Fagan (Boxster S) who finished the day with 64.50. Fractionally ahead was Geraint Evans (911 Carrera 3) who took third place in 64.42. Taking his first class win in this closely matched class was Nick Wadsworth who finished the day after a skilful drive with a time of 64.10.
Six drivers entered Class P1 at Curborough with, again, very close times among the very different cars that were driven by the fastest three competitors in the class. Taking third place was Martin Leach in his black and orange 964 C2. A smoothly driven first timed run earned him a time of 63.99 while Graham Rose (supercharged 924S) put in similar times to Martin with his fastest run securing second place in 63.91, just eight hundredths of a second ahead of Martin. David Dyson continued his winning streak at Curborough with yet another superb series of times to take the class win and Porsche FTD in 62.99.
David’s win at Curborough puts him in an unassailable points position in the Championship as we go into the final round but there is still plenty to play for as the final championship positions are decided.
The Final Round of the Championship is at Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb on 16th September.