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Eason leads Championship after Loton Park

Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Speed Championship with Pirelli

Rounds 5 and 6 Loton Park 9-10 June 2018

Our double-header in Shropshire saw 18 Championship drivers making the most of a recently resurfaced Loton Park and warm, dry weather to produce some class record-breaking runs on this challenging 1,475-yard course.

Six drivers entered Class P1 on round 5 with the fastest three producing some of the closest times of the weekend with just eight-tenths of a second between them. Christian Ayres made his debut in the Speed Championship at Loton after a season in the National Hill Climb Championship last year and having entered in both Championships this year. His previous experience served him well and he finished in third place in his 991 GT3 RS with a fastest time of 59.34. A margin of just 0.37 seconds put Peter Taylor ahead after he took his 718 Boxster S to a fastest time of 58.97 for second place – another impressive debut on this hill. Also taking this demanding hill climb in his stride was current Speed Champion David Dyson (991 Turbo). David whittled his times down over the day to finish as the fastest Championship Porsche on the day and a convincing class winner with a time of 58.68.

Largest class at Loton was Class P2 with seven drivers entered. Always a trophy contender, Andy Fagan took his smartly presented Boxster to third place in 60.73, just 0.43 seconds behind Graham Rose, one of the most experienced drivers in the Speed Championship. Graham finished the day in his 968-engined 924S with a fastest time of 60.30 for second place. Making the most of the favourable conditions at Loton, Justin Mather superbly cut his times down over the day to take his supercharged 2.7ltr 924S to an astonishing 58.68 in his final run and set a new class record for P2 at Loton.

Having a slick-shod Stephen Jory in Class P3 has certainly added to the mix in this eclectic class that saw a 911E, 2.5ltr Boxsters and Stephen’s 2.5ltr 944 going head to head. Stephen finished the day in third place with 62.89 while Simon Parkin (986 Boxster) bettered that time by just 0.38 seconds to take second place. Out in front, with a 1.16 second lead was Wayne Eason (986 Boxster) who had just one good run in the afternoon to finish with a class winning 61.35.

Sole entrant in Class P4 at Loton was Speed Championship veteran Stuart Maclean who took his smart two-litre 924 to a fastest time of 65.68. Despite not having the impetus of competition within his own class, Stuart still drove fiercely enough the following day to beat Saturday’s time by just 0.19 seconds to finish the day with a time of 65.49.

Second and third placed drivers swapped positions in Class P3 with Simon Parkin bettering his time from Saturday by just a tenth of a second to finish in 62.41 – not enough to beat Stephen Jory a second time, however. Stephen seemed to get the measure of the hill over the day with ever-improving results to finish in 61.93, almost a second quicker than round 5. Convincingly taking the class win for a second time over the weekend, Wayne Eason knocked off just under a quarter of a second from the previous day to finish in 61.12.

It was another excitingly close battle for the fastest three in Class P2. Andy Fagan and Graham Rose’s times were neck-and-neck all day and finished the day with just 0.22 seconds between them. Andy took third place in 59.56, while Graham finished in second with 59.34. Out in front by just under a second, with one of the fastest times we’ve seen from Porsches at Loton, certainly outside of P1, was Justin Mather with 58.38, earning him the class win, class record and FTD.

Sunday saw Darren Slater (Cayman S) picking up a trophy in Class P1 after his first timed run of the day netted him third place with 60.82. Just over two-hundredth of a second separated first and second in P1 on Sunday. Peter Taylor is proving to be a formidable competitor in the Speed Championship as he takes a standard, road-going 718 Boxster S and wrings as much from it as possible. He finished the day in 58.88 for second place while another formidable driver, David Dyson, powered up Loton Park hill in his 991 Turbo for the class win in 58.65, just 0.22 seconds ahead of Peter.