Porsche Centre Chester is delighted to welcome back the Porsche Club Championship for 2021.
Carl Hazelton, Centre Principal has dusted off his helmet and is once again behind the wheel of our race car, a 2005 Boxster S.
You may remember our Martini Racing(R) inspired car from 2018 and 2019 which donned the blue and red stripes; this year, we have a new car with a brand new livery. Carl is competing in Class 2 which sees him alongside models including the Boxster 3.2, 968 CS, 944 S2 and 3/6 Carrera (964).
Whilst we were saddened not to be able to take part in the Championship last year due to the suspension of races and events, Carl kept up his practice by way of 'sim-racing'. He has certainly put the hours in over the last year and we hope that this experience will serve him well when he gets behind the wheel of our latest race car.
Although restrictions (for the time being) mean that we are unable to invite customers along to experience the racing with us, we look forward to later in the year when government guidelines permit spectators at events. We have fond memories of hosting drive outs and hospitality days at some of the race meetings in previous years at Oulton Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch, and we look forward to hopefully doing something similar at a couple of these race meetings this Summer.
Saturday 10 April welcomed the start of the season for us and after over 18 months of 'no racing', and having never driven this car before, it was a daunting prospect. Fortunately, Carl did get one local track day in before the big day at Donington Park, which alleviated most concerns as he was now confident that the car ran well.
Test day on the Friday was a success, and we were fortunate to be testing in dry conditions all day.
There are a total of seven rounds in the Porsche Club Championship. Each round consists of a 20 minute qualifying session following by two 25 minute races. Carl qualified in eighth position, and then finished both races in seventh place.
Carl and the team at Porsche Centre Chester are really proud of this result. We now know that we have a competitive car, and look forward to what the rest of the season brings.
Our next race is Brands Hatch on the 1 May. We will keep you updated.
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