The team from Porsche Centre Cardiff recently made the longest journey yet for the second to last round of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019. This race had been rescheduled from a June date at Silverstone Circuit (due to resurfacing works) and the new date was in the middle of Scot’s family holiday. Determined not to let the team down, Scot flew back from Spain to make the race.
After a week of sunshine in the UK, the wet weather which greeted us after the 250 mile journey left the team feeling a little apprehensive. A new track, a new set of race conditions and a driver who flew back early from holiday - the odds weren’t in their favour.
The team had fitted wet tyres ready for qualifying as the elements also threw some thunder and lightning into the mix. The Boxsters from the Restoracing competition were joined by the Class 1 911s and Caymans from the Porsche Club. The busy grid didn’t faze Scot as he improved on his lap time again and again, climbing to eighth position.
The rain was still coming down as Race 1 began and, as the green flag waved, some of the Class 1 cars stalled. This gave Scot an advantage and he skipped passed some of his fellow Restoracers.
The race calmed as the drivers spread out along the complex track. With a mix of tight corners and long straights, Scot was enjoying driving and gaining speed. Swindon overtook both Cardiff and Bolton but, after locking up into a corner, Scot gained back one place. He slipped passed the Wally’s Jeans car and began chasing down the Leeds car.
A close battle ensued and Scot managed to keep his cool to achieve sixth place a season best for the team.
After much debate, the team decided to change to dry tyres for the second race and Scot took to the grid again. The weather had brightened up considerably, so this would be a very different race.
Scot didn’t have a great start and unfortunately lost a couple of places. The rest of the Restoracing drivers gained confidence as the weather dried up, and drivers Scot had previously passed were now flying up ahead of him.
After an intense race which saw bumpers separate from Boxsters and a livery flapping in the wind, Scot did well to finish in a respectable 11th place. The team were rightly thrilled with the day’s results, and Scot flew back to Spain to enjoy the rest of his family holiday.
The incredible effort that the team have made at all of the races, including an interrupted holiday, shows huge commitment. With only one more round to go, the team will surely be sad to see the season end on Saturday 31 August at Oulton Park.
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