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Valuable points and podiums for Strasse team despite gremlins at Oulton Park meeting



Ross Morris and Chris Dyer took some well-earned valuable points for Team Strasse in a meeting hindered with gremlins for the team at Oulton Park on the 13th May. The team we’re without the 2016 champion Andy Toon who had other commitments for the weekend. Unfortunately, class two driver Hugo Holmes also had to withdraw on the Saturday morning due to family matters.

Qualifying

It was a difficult call to make with tyre choices with the track being both damp and dry on some parts of the circuit. The Strasse drivers opting for the choice of wets found themselves pitting for tyre changes two laps into qualifying but despite the fast change by the crew the team could not get up to speed before the end of the session with Chris Dyer setting the best time qualifying in fifth place with Pete Morris in sixth place. In class two Ross Morris placed the Cayman 2.7 third in class, David Botterill placed the 964 C2 in fifth place with guest driver Chris Whittle in the Boxster S taking seventh.



Race One

The Strasse drivers all made good starts maintaining their grid positions but Chris Whittle heading into knickerbrook corner was hit by another class two competitor causing damage to the left-hand side of the car and forcing Whittle to retire from race one. This brought out the safety car for a lengthy clean up and by time the race went back to green flag racing there was only ten minutes left on the clock, the ten minutes left little or no time to challenge for positions with Chris Dyer and Pete Morris crossing the finish line as they started fifth and six.

 

In class two Ross Morris racing the Cayman 2.7 for the first time took third earning the team the first podium trophy of the day, David Botterill in the 964 C2 was setting fast times and was soon on the back of the class two leaders unfortunately the gremlins where out to play and the 964 had to slow down with a wheel bearing issue resulting in Botterill crossing the line in fourth place.




Race Two


A strong start saw Dyer move up into fourth with Pete Morris closely behind in fifth but Morris managed to get the better of his team mate and soon took fourth off Dyer. Morris was relaying to the team during race one that he was down on power and it was soon evident why.On lap seven the gremlins struck blowing his engine and forcing Morris to retire to the pits, unfortunately the oil extruding from the rear of Morris’ 996 also doused Dyers widescreen leaving it  almost impossible to see but despite this Dyer decided not to pit and stop out.

 

Dyer was unaware that he was now in third after McAleer had also retired but Gary Duckman’s similar Cayman was closing fast, Dyer struggling to see anything almost held on to third but Duckman managed to squeeze past on the last lap to take third relegating Dyer to take a well-earned fourth place and valuable points for the team.

 

In class two Ross Morris again put in a strong performance in the Cayman 2.7 taking his second third place podium of the day, meanwhile the team had manged to repair Chris Whittle’s damaged Boxster for race two and he showed his appreciation by taking a well deserved fifth-place class finish. David Botterill’s wheel bearing issue was fixed prior to race two but once again the gremlins struck this time it was a gear box issue forcing the 964 to slow down for the rest of the race, despite this Botterill still manged to bring the car home in seventh place in class.



Quotes



Pete Morris, number 2: PCM Midlands Porsche 996 C2


The car just did not feel right during qualifying but I put it down to tyres. The first race I was not on the pace, the car just did not feel as fast. The second race I managed to get past Chris and Price but the temperature went up and the warning lights came on and the next thing I knew the engine let go, but at least we know why I was not on the pace for qualifying and in the first race.



Chris Dyer, number 4: Professional / Millers Oil Cayman S


I got a good start in the first race but I got blocked by Price but I finished fifth and I am happy with that. The second race, well what can I say, Pete has done me over again after his engine let go right in front of me, I could not see a thing, I did not realize I was in third place but I am well pleased with the fourth place finish.



Andy Toon, Number 4:EPC Electrolytic Plating Porsche Boxster S


Overall I was really pleased with the results of today I was hoping to be consistent with the rest of the field and qualifying showed that. The first race was a shame i had a great start made up three places but I was then hit from behind and by the time I re-joined I was a lap down but that’s racing. The second race again I had a reasonable start but then I got blocked but managed to keep up with the leading pack, it’s my first race meeting in class one and I am happy with the results, the team preparation has been fantastic.


Ross Morris Number 3 PCM Midlands Porsche Cayman S 2.7


The car is handling well I think I need a bit more power but that’s four third places so far this season so all is going well.


Hugo Holmes no 24 Freeman Jewellers Porsche Boxster S


It wasn’t a good weekend, race one was ok but I was still not happy with the performance, in race two I went into Hailwoods Hill and when I planted the power the back end skipped away from me and took me backwards into the barriers it was so quick, it happened in a ‘’snap’’ and there was nothing I could do about it.

 

David Botterill No 8 Strasse 964 C2


The car was going really well and I was catching the leading pack but the bearing went so I had to slow down. I had problems with the car during the second race too, I had a choice of second gear or nothing at all so I kept the revs down and just brought the car home.

 

Chris Whittle Number 13 Strasse Boxster S


Testing went well on the Friday but qualifying was complicated, race one I was going really well unfortunately a faster driver who had made a bad start on the starting line caught me up overtook me and then spun right in front of me and so that meant the end of the race for me. In the second race the most exciting think was the team getting the car back out for me I just was not fast enough and did not give the car justice, but that said I would love to see the lap times, but with the oil on the track I kept it safe I did not want to have a second DNF in one day.