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Dyer takes second at Silverstone



The team travelled to Silverstone for rounds eleven and twelve of the Porsche club Championship looking to improve from the last rounds at Oulton Park. The team competed without class two driver Hugo Holmes for both rounds.


A promising test day on the Friday put a positive spin ahead of qualifying on the Saturday morning but unfortunately the gremlins would once again plague the Strasse Team, Ross Morris in the class two Cayman 2.7 suffered an alternator problem right at the start of the session and was unable to set a time while his father Pete Morris in the Class one Porsche 996 was suffering from a lack of power and only managed to qualify in seventh place with team mate Andy Toon in the sister 996 still getting to grips with the move from class two to class one qualified in ninth place. But it was Chris Dyer who set the pace early placing the Cayman S class one car in third.

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

It was going to be an uphill struggle for Pete Morris knowing that the car was down on power but despite this he made a good start and it looked like he could soon be making places up, but unfortunately it was not long before the engine started to lose more power and soon he had to make way for the class two cars who by now where starting to pass him resulting in Morris finishing in thirteenth place.

 

Chris Dyer made a great start and was on the heels of Wilkins in what was now a three car battle for second place after McAleer had gained a healthy lead at the front Harrison in second managed to fend of Wilkins who took third despite the efforts to get passed Sumtper who was in fourth Dyer settled for Fifth, Andy Toon put in strong performance taking eighth place. In class two the team had managed to replace the alternator in Ross Morris’s Cayman 2.7 before the race and he was allowed to set the three lap requirements during the MG’s qualifying period but despite this the car once again went into limp mode at the start of the race resulting in both Ross and father Pete taking an DNF. David Botterill in the class two Strasse 964 C2 finished fourth in class.




Race Two


Ross Morris very honourably opted not to start the second race knowing that the car could stop at any moment quoting that he didn’t want to ruin anybody’s race with a red flag. The Team had managed to replace Pete Morris’s gearbox during the break hoping that this would solve the power issue but it was soon evident that the problem lied with the engine as once again he struggled to keep up eventually retiring the car to the pits. Chris Dyer again made a great start and was fighting with the leading pack, Sumpter in second was forced to defend the chasing cars behind allowing McAleer to pull away.

 

The battle behind remained throughout the race until the very last lap when Harrison touched  Sumpter while battling hard  for second place allowing Dyer to dart past both of them to take second place. Andy Toon in the 996 crossed the line in seventh place. David Botterill again picked up valuable points coming home fifth in class.



Quotes



Pete Morris, number 2: PCM Midlands Porsche 996 C2


Not a good day for the Morris’ we will need an engine rebuild but the team will sort it out, you have to take the highs and the lows, thats motorsport. It takes the pressure off winning the championship. We will get it sorted and I will be back on the podium before long.



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


The car felt great, I was well happy with qualifying, the first race gain felt good but I just got beat on the brakes a couple of times but I’m happy with the result. The second race I could just see what was going to unfold in front of me and on the last lap Wilkins and Harrison came together I had to go across kerbs and the grass to pass them but well happy with second place.



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


Still finding my feet, I took it steady in race one I’m still learning but it’s all good seat time. The second race I got a great start and I managed to stay with the leading pack for the first few laps but the engine warning light came on so I eased off but it cleared after a couple of laps. But in all a good day I’m well pleased with the car.



Ross Morris Number 3 PCM Midlands Porsche Cayman S 2.7


Silverstone is my favourite circuit so I was disappointed not to be able to challenge for a podium, I decided not to take part in the second race there was no point ruining anybody else’s race when I knew the car wasn’t working well.

 

David Botterill No 8 Strasse 964 C2


I just looked at the data I had issued during qualifying and during both races. I had issues with the brakes, I had to pull over during race two because at first I thought it was engine issues. I managed to get going again but by then I had lost a couple of places but in all not a bad day.