MSV Trackday Championship: Donington Park
The MSV Trackday Championship is a hotbed of tight amateur racing action which brings together cars of all shapes and size. Split into various categories depending on weight and power, it offers plentiful close racing and – for Porsche fans – a rich supply of cars from across the Porsche stable.
Donington Park – from the drivers’ perspective
Andy Ball – Porsche Boxster
After arriving at Donington on Saturday evening we met up with Andy and Nick from RPM Specialist Cars who look after our Boxster and went off for a great curry in Castle Donigton. A few beers later we were ready for the racing the next day.
Qualifying went well; we placed 6th overall and 3rd in Class A (up to 200wbhp / tonne). After a tweak to provide a little more rear end grip, and a refuel, we were ready to race.
During the race we had settled into a steady pace. The tyres starting to come in quite nicely after a few laps and we were steadily catching George in the Air Supplies 944. We managed to pass him at Redgate on lap 19. However while exiting the Old Hairpin the rear went a little loose and the car ran wide resulting in a high speed spin. George in the 944 was right on the tail of the car and did incredibly well to avoid any contact. Thanks George!
The spin caused damage to one of the coil packs so the car was running quite rough but was still drivable. Despite losing about three seconds a lap we managed to get the car across the line without losing any other, coming 8th overall and 4th in class.
Simon Clark – Porsche Boxster
Donnington was Clark Racing’s second outing in the Boxster, having purchased it in July, just in time for round 5 at Oulton Park where I secured a 2nd in class and 4th overall. I had high hopes for round 6 as I ordered a set of fresh tyres (Toyo R888R) and had at least had some seat time ahead of the race.
Qualifying went well, and despite a fair amount of traffic (due to the 36 cars on the grid) I secured 1st in class, starting from 3rd overall amongst Class S cars.
The Boxster has amazing traction off the line, running a plated differential, but I was a little slower to react to the lights than I would have liked. I got out dragged to turn 1 by the Class S Zenos but got ahead of another Class S Seat Cup car so maintained P3 overall and 1st in class. I’d started to build a lead of over Brittan’s M3 by lap 6 when a safety car was deployed to recover a broken down car. This put the M3 firmly in my rear view mirror before I pitted on lap 13.
My team dropped the tyre pressures by a couple of PSI during the stop and I felt an immediate improvement in cornering grip when I headed back out in P2 overall (still 1st in class). I was now chasing down the race leader, Richard Bromley, in his Class S M3.
For the remaining 10 laps it was a case of managing the tyre temperatures, staying consistent and trying to catch that M3 through the traffic of black markers. A couple of the laps fighting through the traffic cost me over three seconds each which hindered my chances of catching Richard, finishing just 3.19s behind him. But I’m absolutely delighted with my 1st in class result.
George and Jack Wright – Porsche 944 S2
After a cracking P1 and P2 in the 997 GT3 Cup Car at Silverstone International (Saturday) running in Brit Car, I Headed back up the M1 to Donnington Park to meet my dad (George) for the next round of the Trackday championship.
Qualifying was very busy with traffic and getting a clean lap in was proving impossible for dd. I went out and realised what he was talking about – cars everywhere! I managed to put our fastest lap in on my very last lap which put us 12th on the grid 3rd in class (175BHP Per Tonne).
In the race I got a great start and did a cracking first lap which put me 1st in class and 7th overall! I battled on and got a great 14 second gap on the next car in class but due to the safety car it bought that gap right back down. Once the safety car had gone back in I managed keep with the faster class cars before handing the car to my dad.
(George Wright) we had a sensibly timed pit stop and I went out to not a lot of company but still leading are class. All was going to plan until I got taken on the inside by Andy Ball. Andy, being in a Group A car ahead of us, meant it was not necessary for me to put in a fight, but as it turned out he didn’t need my intervention – performing an impressive high speed pirouette going through the old hairpin. For a moment I thought I was going to collect him, but managed to dodge.
I brought the 944 home to a class win, keeping 6th overall just ahead of the Class s Zenos by 0.062 over the line! I also bagged the fastest lap in class, so overall a good race meeting!