The first meeting of the 2018 Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club National Hillclimb Championship season started bright and promising at Loton Park over the weekend of 19 / 20 May.
The first runs showed the track to be dusty and not providing as much grip as expected. As the day progressed other classes put down rubber and by the afternoon runs the track offered more grip. Everyone improved on their morning times.
With no third practice run, it was straight into competitive runs on Sunday morning. Most drivers seemed to be hoping that the track had remained grippy overnight, and this was proved to be the case with almost everyone improving on their practice times. The afternoon brought hot sunny weather and the prospect of some fast times. Peter Turnbull in Class 1 dipped under 60 seconds with a 59.19 only marginally slower than his personal best. In the same class Paul Howells set a new personal best with a 55.02. Clearly the winter’s work paying dividends.
In Class 2, for the road going cars, David Strange set a new personal best, though Ross McDonald was a bit too keen and left the track at Fallow. Simon Tarling had a moment at Keepers dropping a wheel on the grass, though managed to put in a run close to his personal best. Christian Ayres was getting to grips with the new 991 GT3; a large car for Loton Park. He too managed to put in a run close to his personal best. Robert Lancaster Gaye put in the fastest time in the road going class though was ¼ second behind his personal best.
The next Championship round is at Gurston Down on 26 / 27 May. Times recorded at Loton Park and resultant Championship Points can be found in the Hillclimb part of this website. Simon Tarling.