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Points Now Important as Porsche Series Visits Oulton Again

The 2017 Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli visits Oulton Park for the second time this season for rounds nine and ten of the series with the title contenders all chasing valuable points. Mark McAleer has dominated in class one, winning seven out of the first eight races, but his one non-finish came when the series was at Oulton in May and he will be determined to leave with a maximum point haul today.

McAleer continued his domination with two hard fought wins at Croft two weeks ago, but none of his wins have been easy with the pack close behind, particularly the similar 996 C2 of Mark Sumpter who claimed the other win at Oulton in May. Both are former champions and Sumpter was right with McAleer on points before suffering his own non-finish in race two at Croft, and will be keen to keep the pressure on today.

There has been a clutch of racers right at the front, with Craig Wilkins another 996 C2 driver setting the pace, though still to grasp an elusive first win this season. He was never more than yards away from the Strasse-run Cayman S of Chris Dyer, another former champion, in both races at Croft and Dyer has put the Cayman on the podium at Oulton Park before, so their rivalry should be a feature over the two races.

Other to watch for in class one include double champion Pete Morris, who has yet to fully find his form this season, Michael Price and Richard Higgins who have been in the points for County Classics Racing, and reigning champion Andy Toon, who has stepped up to class one this season.

Steve Cheetham has been the man to beat in class two in his Boxter S, consistent scoring performances seeing him edge away from class rival Jake McAleer. Luck has paid its part, Cheetham taking second from the pit lane in race one at Croft after a race of attrition for the class that was won by the 964 of David Botterill, then taking the win later in the day despite puncturing right at the very end of the race. 

Paul Seagrave has been a podium visitor this season but missed Croft with car issues after testing the day before the races, while Ross Morris will be out in the Boxster that took Toon to the 2016 title.