A Mixed Start for Team Strasse in the Porsche Club Championship
Round One | Brands Hatch
The popular Porsche Club Championship is now nearing the half way point and the battle for the title is really beginning to hot up. Yorkshire-based Porsche specialist, Strasse, has so far put in a good showing with its ‘B’ team currently sitting second in the championship standings.
At the opening round at Brands Hatch, the team’s luck was mixed. On the up side, the team took three podium finishes in class two, with Andy Toon taking a second and a first place and Hugo Holmes taking a third in their new Boxster S cars. Unfortunately, double championship winner, Peter Morris’s fortunes weren’t quite as good. An uncharacteristic mistake in qualifying saw his 996 take heavy damage, and despite a valiant effort from the team, Morris just missed the start of race one. Class one team mate, Chris Dyer fared better, maintaining sixth place throughout race one.
Thankfully the class two drivers had a comparatively better time of it during race one, with Andy Toon grabbing second place in his Boxster S, David Botterill coming back from a poor start in his 964 to finish fifth, and Hugo Holmes taking eighth.
Race two was delayed by 10 minutes thanks to a torrential downpour at the Kent track, necessitating a change from slicks to wet weather tyres. Despite holding back the start, the circuit was still extremely wet when the field got underway. Morris, who started from the back owing to his mistake in qualifying, worked his way up to fourth place, passing team mate Dyer to take it. Any further progress was halted when the race was red flagged due to a car spinning at Druids, however. Class two drivers Andy Toon and Hugo Holmes put in brilliant performances to take first and third respectively. Team mate David Botterill scored a strong fifth – made all the more remarkable as he was one of the few drivers not to swap to wet tyres at the beginning of the race.
Round Two | Silverstone
After the mixed fortunes experienced by the team at Brands Hatch, Strasse was looking for better results at the national Grand Prix circuit. Peter Morris stepped up, putting his torrid time at Brands behind him by taking pole position in is 996 C2. In Class Two Andy Toon also grabbed pole – continuing his rather better fortunes from the opening round.
Morris’s luck in race one didn’t hold, unfortunately, dropping to third after a poor get-away and gearbox problems. Meanwhile, Chris Dyer’s race was cut short when he spun out from seventh place after hitting a slick laid down by team mate David Botterill after his gearbox failed. Continuing the team’s poor fortune, Hugo Holmes in the Boxster S was forced to retire due to an electrical issue. Thankfully, despite gearbox issues of his own, Andy Toon was able to drive his Boxster S to third place.
Botterill decided to start race two from the pits – owing to the fact his 964 was stuck in third gear. The original plan was to run for one lap to collect points, but after opting to stay out the session ended in disaster when the strain of lapping in one gear led to an engine failure and fire, ending Botteril’s race. Morris’s luck was back in and despite dropping down from first to third on the opening lap, battled valiantly to take the ultimate victory. Dyer was caught up in a fierce mid-field battle, eventually finishing 11th.
In class two, Toon took an emphatic second victory of the day after leaving rivals behind early on. Holmes eventually steered his Boxster home in seventh place. With the latest round of the Championship having recently taken place, we’ll update you on the Strasse team’s progress soon.
Story and pohotographs: Paul Holroyd