Silverstone hosts a superb field of racing Porsches as the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli makes its first of two visits in 2018, and the racing for championship points has been close and exciting so far this season. This Saturday, June 2nd, the field get to stretch their legs on the Grand Prix layout of the famous Northamptonshire circuit, with the championship contenders keen to add to their points tallies.
Mark Sumpter heads class one and the championship overall after four races having taken three outright wins, including an impressive brace of victories at Brands Hatch last time out. In both races at the Kent circuit his Paragon 996 C2 was chased home by the County Classics Cayman S of series newcomer Simon Clark, and one of the features of today’s racing will be the battle to see which model of Porsche is best suited to the wide expanses of Silverstone.
Craig Wilkins won the first race of the season at Donington Park in his 996, but the new for 2018 997 version of the classic Porsche 911 has been adopted by a few of the front-running drivers in the series. So far both Pete Morris and Michael Price have scored podiums in 997s, the most powerful, but heaviest, car in the series and Del Brett will be the third of the model to appear at Silverstone.
Also quick in Caymans have been Chris Dyer, Simon Clark and James Birch, and a first outright win for the mid-engined model could be on the cards.
Class two has been dominated by Jonathan Evans, who has taken all four wins in his Boxster S. He has left the rest of the class battling over the lesser positions, fellow Boxster runner Trevor Lewis second in the points having yet to finish off the class podium.
New for 2018 is class three, which runs at three meetings and is for early-model 986 type Boxsters restored and converted to race cars by Porsche Centres across the UK. The category sees novice drivers out racing, which unlike classes one and two run on treaded tyres, and after their opening two races Josh Morris heads their points table from Oliver Coles and Wayne Minogue.
Sixteen of the Boxters are expected out at Silverstone, and their battle is just as close as that for outright victory at the front of the field.
Class four provides a low-cost route into the series, and at Brands Hatch it was great to see the 944 S2 model return to the series in the hands of Stuart Ings.
Qualifying for the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship competitors is at 09.35 on Saturday morning, with races at 13.30 and 17.15.