My request to the weather gods for cooler temperatures after the heatwave at Goodwood was answered a little too well at Curborough. The practice sessions ran on a cool damp track and light showers made the tight turns at The Molehill and Flagpole hairpin slippery and treacherous. It did warm a little for the afternoon sessions, however, and generally stayed dry enough for many competitor’s times to improve.
In a class of five, the fastest three drivers were within 0.53 of a second of each other in Class P1. Now driving similar 718 Boxster S, Peter Taylor and David Dyson were perhaps likely to be close in times with Peter taking third place in 64.12 while David bettered that by just 0.13 of a second for second place. In a remarkable drive in his supercharged, 968-engined 944, Karl Lupton created a time of 63.59 for a well-deserved class win.
Eight drivers made an appearance for Class P2 at Curborough with Tom Fisher (Boxster S) picking up his first trophy this season after a strong final run gave him a time of 65.34 and third place. Just 0.19 of a second separated first and second at Curborough, with Andy Fagan (Boxster S) making the most of his final run to gain second in 64.23. In first place, replicating his class win from last year was Nick Wadsworth creating an impressive PB time of 64.04 in the 911SC/RS he shares with dad Ian.
Four drivers entered Class P3 with Simon Parkin driving his Boxster 2.5 to third place in 66.49 just over a second behind Wayne Eason (Boxster 2.5) who endured his first non-class winning position this season with a time of 65.37. From the first practice session Stephen Jory (944 2.5) was on fine form and powered onto a P3 class record. Driving the only non-Boxster in the class, Stephen finished the day with a class-winning 64.45, a good time in any class at Curborough.
With fellow P4 driver Dave Chivers confining himself to the hill climbs, Stuart Maclean was sole competitor in Class P4 and had good early runs in his two-litre 924. After two consistent runs in practice Stuart’s best timed run left him with a time of 69.85.