Team Strasse Has Tough Race at Brands Hatch GP
Pete Morris, Chris Dyer and Andy Toon had a tough race in the most recent round of the Porsche Club Championship at Brands Hatch which took place on July 23rd.
Reigning champion Pete Morris in the number one PCM Midlands Porsche 996 could only manage eighth place during qualifying. Chris Dyer in the Porsche 911 World Porsche Cayman S qualified in ninth place. In class two, current leader Andy Toon qualified third whilst the team’s other two class two drivers – Hugo Holmes and David Botterill – where not present due to other race commitments.
It was Dyer who got the better start making calculated moves from the off enabling him to move up three places into third heading into the first corner. Morris was down on straight line power after having to change his engine only a few days prior to the event and was struggling to keep eighth place.
On lap seven the race was stopped due to a large crash involving a number of cars. The race was again was stopped on the first lap of the restart after another large impact – this time including Dyer. Luckily despite heavy damage to the side, Dyer was able to re-join the field as they lined up for the second restart. With all the interruptions to proceedings the race took almost an hour to run, with Morris taking sixth place and Dyer taking ninth. Unfortunately in class two Andy Toon in the EPC Electrolytic Plating Boxster was unable to finish after his car suffered a broken suspension arm.
Such were the interruptions to the race schedule that the second race of the day was called off by race control as the meeting timetable looked set to overrun.
Pete Morris said; “It was a strange day today red flags all day long, our second race was abandoned and I don’t want to take any dropped scores. I need all the points I can get for the championship title. Sixth is better than nothing, though I need more power from the engine – but we will look forward to the next round at Donington.
Andy Toon said of his day, “It was not what we were hoping for this weekend as I was aiming to extend my lead. The car was running fine – the problem was me during qualifying, but the race was something different. I was getting dialled into it and was feeling comfortable, there was a bit of carnage but we managed to avoid any damage. On the third re-start I was feeling really on it and was hoping to take advantage and have a battle for second and first but then the suspension failed and put us out of the race.”
Chris Dyer was similarly unsatisfied; “It was a frustrating day. I was hoping to qualify better but I got a brilliant start and was feeling good. Unfortunately, on the second restart I was tangled up in the crash that took place and had some heavy damage to the side of the car. Despite this I still managed to hold on to ninth place.”
The next round of the Porsche Club Championship takes place on August 13th at Donington Park GP.
Story and photography credit: Paul Holroyd