The Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli makes the first of its two visits to Oulton Park this season on Saturday, May 13th, for rounds three and four of the series.The opening rounds at Brands Hatch two weeks ago saw the unusual feat of the McAleer family dominating both classes – former champion Mark taking both poles, fastest laps and race wins in class one, only to be matched by son Jake in class two!
The class one battle should be a highlight this year with Mark McAleer starting the season strongly and leading the championship from Jake by virtue of having had more runners in his class, but some very good drivers are right behind. 2011 champion Mark Sumpter has returned in a 996 C2 and took two podium finishes at Brands Hatch, while double champion Pete Morris will be aware he cannot let McAleer get away too early in the season and was twice a podium visitor at Oulton in September last year.
Joining the 996 C2 class one ranks this season is 2016 champion Andy Toon, running as part of the multi-car Strasse team from Leeds, and he took a sixth in the second race at Brands as he gets to grips with his new mount.
Providing variety in class one are the Cayman S runners, Gary Duckman announcing his return to the series with a fourth at Brands first time out in his new Cayman. A former Porsche Club Championship race winner, Duckman joins former champion Chris Dyer, Peter Erceg – another series returnee – and Nathalie McGloin in looking to give the mid-engined Cayman its first overall win in the championship.
Brands Hatch saw Jake McAleer renew his class two battle with Steve Cheetham, the Boxster S duo closely matched, but Cheetham took both Oulton wins last season and could halt McAleer’s winning run today. Paul Seagrave put his Boxster on the Brands Hatch podium in the opening race at Brands, and just missed out in race two.
Ross Morris, son of class one’s Pete Morris, was third in the second race of the season, in the Boxster that Toon used to win the title last year. For Oulton he should be out in his own Cayman, the first of that model to run in class two, and the pace of that car should be of interest to the other runners.
Qualifying is at 10.15 on Saturday morning with the two 25-minute races at 14.25 and 17.40.