With the season about to enter its final weekend at Donnington Park on Saturday 7 November, we thought we would give a re-cap on the championship races so far.
Having had two successful seasons under our belt, and winning the very first 'Restoracing Series' in 2018, this year the competition was thrown open to members of the public, as well as Porsche Centres and Porsche Body Repairers. As a result, there was huge interest until the challenges we have all faced delayed the start of the series and a number of teams and drives dropped out.
Despite this, and still eager to participate and get some more experience under our belt, we plotted our year ahead with a relative novice, Mike Thompson, at the wheel, and the team led admirably by Lee Wibberley.
Snetterton - 11 July
Race day started with a slight hitch - our timing transponder failed during the morning qualifying session, so we had no time recorded. This meant a last place on the starting grid, but we did manage to get a replacement transponder hired for the race itself.
Race 1 - Mike made a great start, followed by steady driving, and finished in a very respectable third place.
Race 2 - again Mike made a great start and made even more progress in the race, gaining a well-deserved second place finish by the end, along with fastest lap in Class 3.
A fantastic weekend with two podiums and a fastest lap.
Oulton Park - 1 August
After overnight rain, we were greeted by a lovely sunny morning. Mike set P3 in qualifying for the race.
Race 1 - was a close fought race with Mike and another C3 driver battling for second position from start to finish. Eventually Mike settled for hard, fair and challenging third place.
Race 2 - the most competitively fought race so far, Mike managed a fantastic second place finish, even with a damaged car and a tyre that was almost at the point of failing.
Another couple of podium finishes, with third and second places, and a further fastest lap.
Brands Hatch - 6 September
On the tight and twisty Indy Circuit in the late summer sunshine, qualifying was tough as the fastest lap was taken away due to an over excited Mike exceeding track limits, so a back of the grid start was the penalty to pay.
Race 1 and Race 2 - Mike again started well in both races, followed by two consistent and fabulous drives, producing two second place finishes.
It rounded off a great weekend of racing.
Oulton Park - 3 October
Heavy, if not torrential rain was the order of the day at Oulton Park, with a waterlogged circuit, nervous drivers, zero visibility and aquaplaning everywhere. It was to be a frustrating day.
Qualifying started with a delay, due to a Class 3 car being involved in a substantial accident with another car and unfortunately one of these cars being written off. Mike was steady in the conditions, maybe even a little cautious, qualifying in third place in his class.
Race 1 and Race 2 - in very challenging wet conditions, Mike managed to bring the car back in one piece, which was the main aim at this particular meeting. He actually ended up finishing with two fantastic and safe third places.
Mike is currently placed in second position for the championship, with just Donnington Park on Saturday 7 November as the finale.
For further information on the championship and our involvement, please contact us 01204 559911.
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