Strasse Continues its Success in Porsche Club Championship
After mixed fortunes in the opening two rounds of the Porsche Club Chapionship, Strasse went into rounds five and six at Donnington looking for results. In class one Peter Morris was chasing down championship leader McAleer and class two front runner Andy Toon was aiming to maintain his position at the top of the table. Unfortunately for Dave Botterill, the engine and gearbox issues at Silverstone ruled him out of this meeting.
McAleer took pole on Saturday, beating Pete Morris by a narrow margin while Andy Toon was able to set the fastest time and take pole in class two, setting both drivers up well for Sunday’s first race.
Peter Morris’s race got off to a bad start off the line, allowing rivals McAleer and Johnson to go into the first corner ahead of him. By the end of lap one he’d slipped another place, spending the proceeding 11 laps battling hard to try and retake third. The field was levelled, however, when a safety car came out on lap 12 owing to a car stranded at turn one. This played into Morris’s favour as he made a great restart moving up to second very quickly where he stayed until the end of the race.
In class two Andy Toon made a good getaway and managed to eke out a five second lead. Team mate Chris Dyer also launched his Cayman well, moving up from twelfth to fourth promptly. Unfortunately, the safety car came out in front of Dyer, necessitating a wave-by and closing up the field which benefitted Morris in class one, but cancelled out Toon’s advantage in class two. Thankfully, on the restart Toon was able to maintain his lead while team mate Hugo Holmes finished in sixth. Dyer, meanwhile, was promoted to fourth after the race owing to rival Paul Winter’s false start and subsequent 10 second penalty.
Race two brought with it some light rain, gradually turning the track damp during the course of the race. As the race got underway Morris’s apparent Achilles heel – making a clean getaway – struck again and he slotted into third place amongst a fierce fight where he remained for the rest of the race. Dyer wasn’t having a great time in his Cayman S as he was suffering from a gradual loss of power which turned out to be an alternator issue, leading to him finishing in ninth. In class two, Andy Toon put in another flawless performance to take first, while Hugo Holmes struggled with a suspension issue, landing him in seventh place.
Overall then a good meeting for Team Strasse as the season reaches half way.
Story and photography credit: Paul Holroyd