Even before practice the weekend started well with this coverage from the team at Shelsley Walsh.
“The weekend will also be a round of the Porsche Hill Climb Championship with four mouth watering GT3s, an RSR, a GT3 RS and a GT3 Cup car to make many a supercar fan melt. …”
The track started damp on Saturday with mud at the edges washed onto the track from the overnight storms. Though as the championship class was later in the running order the track improved for the Porsche runs. Times fell rapidly during practice helped by a good entry and increasing amounts of Sun.
At lunch Robert Lancaster-Gaye was interviewed by BBC Radio to talk about the Porsche Hillclimb Championship; clearly raising the profile in its 4th year. By mid-afternoon there was an opportunity for a third practice run which the Porsche’s took eagerly. Most people improved upon their second run times with a few coming close to personal bests. This set the scene for an exciting and promising race day.
Sunday started well, cars were prepared before breakfast. The hill was in great condition, though the tarmac in the esses was cold. The class ran later in the morning by which time the track had been swept by previous classes.
During the runs Christian Ayres struggled with launch control, though in the top straight the powerful 991 showed its speed with terminal speeds over 100 mph. There were some good times in the morning runs with Simon Tarling breaking his personal best. Robert Lancaster-Gaye in his yellow GT3 was keeping ahead of Christian Ayres in the more powerful (but heavier) 991 GT3. Tim Barber set a great time of 31.46, closely followed by David Hilton with a 31.87, despite these good times, Paul Howells responded with a 30.48 run to set fastest time in the morning runs.
After the first runs with times falling most people headed for coffee and cake and to examine the times and hatch strategies for the afternoon run. During lunch the weather warmed up and everyone sort shade, though just before the second runs a breeze lifted the afternoon’s heat.
Unfortunately, before the Porsches could start their timed runs, oil was dropped from mid-way up the hill into bottom esses a critical corner. With the trail of oil most people went around half a second slower than their morning time.
This closed a great weekend's hill climbing at one of the premier venues of the sport.
The next round is Prescott Hillclimb – 23 / 24 June 2018