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Newsletter - Oulton Park - Tuesday 14 October 2003


14th October 2003

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Oulton Park - 11th October

Lead battle Michelin Porsche Club Championship
The Porsche Club round at Oulton Park this weekend produced some exhilarating racing throughout the field. 
Colin Broster (3.2 Carrera) managed to clinch pole at his home circuit, but the position was exchanged with Tony Brown (968 CS) throughout qualifying. Broster managed one of his demon starts but out-broke himself at Fosters on the first lap, giving Ian White (3.2 Carrera), closely followed by Brown and Craig Rapp (Carrera) an opportunity to seize Broster's advantage.
However Broster held on to his lead to take the win despite Brown, White and Rapp battling fiercely at his tail, with positions changing regularly throughout the 25 minute race.
Unfortunately for Brown the race was red flagged on lap 19 and his 2nd place was revoked to the previous lap's positions leaving him to settle for 3rd, with White getting the hard-fought 2nd place and Rapp taking 4th place despite a spin.
Broster has taken yet another vital win that now leaves him on equal (dropped) points with the Championship dominator Tony Brown, all set for next weekends [18/19 October] double-header finale at Donington Park.
Class 2 proved to be equally exciting stuff. David Rothwell (911SC) and Richard Lambert (Carrera) went into this round on equal points and were split by just 0.4 seconds in qualifying.
Rothwell got away well, but Rob Williams (Carrera) who had a great start from 4th and Lambert were pushing hard. Williams slipped ahead of Rothwell on lap 5 but unfortunately lost it a few laps later when he ran wide at Fosters and dropped back to 3rd behind Rothwell, Lambert and Class 1's Dave Benett. Rothwell managed to break away from the pack while they battled for position, with Benett getting ahead of Lambert and Williams pushing hard right behind. The close racing unfortunately got a little too close on lap 19 when Benett and Lambert touched and both spun out at Cascades, causing the race to be red flagged. 2nd place went to Rob Williams and Paul Combes took a well deserved 3rd after starting from 9th in Class.

Michelin Porsche Open Series:
Richard Chamberlain took a triumphant win at Oulton this weekend after an accident in testing the day before had left him missing vital parts to the front end of his mighty 935. However a team effort got him back out in time for the early morning qualifying. Chamberlain wasn't the only Class 1 car to be under pressure this weekend, John Griffiths (935) and Philip Harris (GT2) both had problems in testing that left them out of the race. Neil Gatt's 993 GT2 had an accident at the hands of 'test driver' Colin McRae; fortunately Tech 9 were able to get things repaired in time for Gatt to get out for his debut Open race. Rupert Lewin had been experiencing some technical problems during the test, but all seemed to be well for the race. And last of the Class 1 dramas came from Peter Cook (GT2) who missed Open qualifying and had to start from the back of the grid.

Open start

The race proved to be just as exciting, with Chamberlain and Lewin battling hard for the early part of the race. Cook had a tremendous start and sliced his way through the 17 car grid to be in 3rd by lap 4. By lap 14 Cook managed to challenge Lewin for 2nd at Fosters, but couldn't catch Chamberlain who had built up a 10 second lead by the end of the 25 lap race. Neil Gatt took 4th in Class 1. Lewin claimed the fastest lap.
Class 2 of the Porsche Open was dominated in qualifying by the GT3's of Jonathan Cocker and Jason Young who came 3rd and 4th overall in qualifying, ahead of Craig Rapp and series newcomer Mark Butler. However Cocker had mechanical problems from the start of the race and went out on the first lap. Young and Rapp battled hard for the lead, exchanging position frequently throughout the race, until on lap 18 Young spun at Cascades. This gave Rapp the win and put Young behind Butler until on the last lap he managed to claim back 2nd position.
Peter Morris (964) started from the front in Class 3, taking the victory and fastest lap in the race. He had a great battle in the early part of the race with ex-Class 3 runner Henry Firman who was now in Class 2 with his newly acquired GT3, but had to succumb to the GT3's superior power. Paul Howells (993 SuperCup) returned to Porsche Open from winning Class 1 of the Porsche Speed Championship and took 2nd, with Martin Dodge (996) claiming 3rd.

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Picture gallery

Click the link below to check out the great action photographs from Oulton Park now in the picture gallery, courtesy of Brian Roberts.
Don't forget - If you want pictures for your own use just contact Brian on his email (see 'partners and links').

Rapp, Young & Gatt

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Latest news:

968 CS Morris to join Porsche Club for last round   13.10.03
Peter Morris is planning to be out for the last round of the Michelin Porsche Club next weekend at Donington Park. He purchased Mike Salmons 968 CS after qualifying at Oulton last weekend and, subject to Gordon at Team GVR giving the car a thorough going over, Morris will be out for the double-header.
"I know I'll be walking right into the Broster, Brown & White end of season battle" said Morris, "but I couldn't resist the opportunity to run the 968 at my home circuit".

And finally... 

We look forward to seeing some great end of season racing at Donington Park next weekend.
To view the latest timetables click the links below:

Latest Donington Timetable - Porsche Club  /  Porsche Open

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