MSV Trackday Championship back at Brands
It was another successful weekend for Porsche drivers in the MSV Trackday Championship which took on the Brands Hatch GP circuit on August 27th. In classes A and B, within which Porsche competitors run owing to the power-to-weight regulations, there was plenty to celebrate, with class success for both Team Air Supply in their Porsche 944 S2, and Simon Clark in his Boxster S.
Team Air Supply – Porsche 944S2
For Team Air Supply, father and son duo George and Jack Wright began the meeting in fine fashion, with 20-year-old Jack putting their 944 P1 in Class B and 10th overall. Despite what seemed like a good start, George was overtaken by two of the lighter group B cars – Mark Kenny in his VX220 and Lewis Denslow in his Fiesta. All three battled fairly over the first half of the lap, with George eventually settling for third place in the class.
At the mandatory pit stop, George handed the car over to his son and, despite a relatively slow stop, still managed to come out onto the track second in class. Slowly Jack started to create a gap over the VX220 of mark penny. He had space to breath until a surprise un-invited BMW of B group contender, Gary Burstow, came out the pits ahead putting the pair into 3rd. After a short battle, Jack was able to dispatch the BMW through Clearways before going on the hunt for class leader Lewis Denslow in his Fiesta. A defensive line by Denslow into Graham Hill was all that it took for Jack to make a decisive move, and thanks to a red flag five minutes before the end, the victory was sealed.
Clark Racing – Porsche Boxster S
Simon Clark in his Group A Porsche Boxster S also had a good race, ultimately taking second in class and continuing a good run after victory at Donington. His weekend wasn’t straightforward, however. After taking part in a separate trackday on the Thursday prior to the race meeting, problems with Clark’s Boxster reared their head. First off was a split CV boot which lost Clark some track time on the morning of the race. Worse still, a running issue meant the Boxster was struggling to pull away without stalling, leading Clark to use parts off his own road-going Boxster to cure the issues.
Luckily, in qualifying things came together better, and the Boxster was running just a second behind the more powerful Group S cars. Come the start, the problems in practice didn’t occur again with Clark using higher revs to ensure the car got cleanly off the line, taking a place from an S-Class car. The first part of the race was extremely well driven, frequently swapping positions with Class A frontrunner James Britton’s BMW M3. By the pit stop, Clark was fifth overall and second in class.
After another stint of dicing with the front runners and chasing the lead was put to an end when a faulty stopwatch meant Clark’s mandatory two minute pit stop went over by 28 seconds. However, he still finished sixth overall and second in class, putting him second in Class A despite switching cars and classes half way through the season.
The next and final round takes place on November 12th using the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.