Return to Donington as Title Battle Rages
The Petro-Canada Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli makes its second visit of 2018 to Donington Park this Sunday, July 29th, with the title battle now firmly raging and another day of great racing in store. Mark Sumpter won race two at the season-opening Donington visit in April and heads the class one points, but Jonathan Evans took both class two wins to start his season in style and leads the championship overall.
Sumpter has taken his 996 C2 to four wins from eight races so far, but has been pushed hard, with three rivals sharing the other wins. Reigning champion Mark McAleer has won twice, and will be wanting to do well after being hit with mechanical issues first time round at Donington. Craig Wilkins won the first race of the year at that meeting, and will be a factor today, while at Silverstone Pete Morris gave the new for 2018 997 C2S its first outright win in the championship.
The 911s have been pushed hard by the Cayman runners, Simon Clark sitting second in the class one points with his Cayman S and deserving of a race win soon. Chris Dyer and James Birch have also been right there in the races, and are well up in the points, and Donington could suit the mid-engined cars if temperatures are high and tyre wear becomes a factor.
Evans has dominated class two, but slipped up in race one at Snetterton last time out, Andrew Muggeridge happily taking the win. Newcomers Steve Freeman and Ed Grimshaw have shown well, as has the experienced Trevor Lewis, while the ever-present Paul Seagrave had his points tally hurt by an engine issue last time out. Dave Botterill provides a contrast to the Boxster dominated class with his 964 C2.
Class three for restored early Boxsters runs at three meeting this season, but we are joined by some of those runners this weekend seeking extra track time. The Porsche Classic RestoRacing Competition backed by Porsche GB sees the cars driven by novice drivers and the cars bearing variations on classic Porsche liveries, and should provide an entertaining class battle.
Qualifying is at 10.40 on Sunday morning with the two 25-minute races at 14.20 and 17.55.