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Strasse Motorsport 2013


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Top Ten Finish for Ellis and Johnson



The Leeds based team travelled to Silverstone for Rounds seven and eight of the Porsche Club GB Championship hopping to put the bad luck and gremlins that had troubled Chris Dyer's Chivers Solicitors Porsche Cayman S in the first six rounds of the championship behind them. Apart from Paul Ward who was not racing this weekend the team was at full strength.

The track was still damp from an earlier shower as the 30-cars went out for qualifying unfortunately for Chris Dyer the bad luck and disappointment continued as he pulled the car over to a stop with an oil warning light only two laps in. Richard Ellis was the fastest Strasse pilot putting the GTI Motors Porsche 993 C2 in 8th place on the grid, Mike Johnson placed the Porsche 996 C2 16th on the grid. Midway down the field David Botterill qualified the Porsche 964 C2 in 19th place followed by Chris Whittle in the number 92 Porsche Cayman S in 21st place with Dave Griffiths placing the class two DG Freight Porsche 994 S2 24th on the grid. Despite Chris Dyer pulling over during qualifying he still managed to place the Cayman in 28th place.


Race One


The rain started to fall heavy as the cars sat in the collection area for race one, the whole field having left the pit garages where all on slick tyres. As they set off on the green flag lap behind the safety car, Botterill came immediately into the pits to fit wet weather tyres, re-joining the race from the pit lane once the entire field had passed. Botterill and Sumpter where the only two drivers to take this gamble and it looked like it was going to pay out has both drivers soon carved their way through the rest of the field who were all struggling to find grip in the wet condition and was soon up to 7th place. Unfortunately for Botterill the rain stopped and the track started to dry a little leaving him struggling to fend off the now faster cars that were on slicks finishing the race in 10th place.

The team had changed an oil sender unit to Chris Dyer’s car and were hoping that this had corrected the oil fault that had cut short his qualifying, but with only one lap into the race the gremlin once again worked his trickery and Dyer was forced to pull the car over and it was soon determined that he would not be able to continue and headed back to the garage on the service road.

Richard Ellis struggled with the damp conditions and with the setup of the car losing places and eventually crossing the line in 12th place, Mike Johnson was also finding the setup of the car and the wet track a handful but despite this he drove a fantastic race steadily picking one car off at a time to cross the finish line in an impressive 6th place. Chris whittle seems to be improving each race and made up six places from the start to finish in 16th place. Dave Grifthis in class two crossed the line in 19th place, six in class.


Race Two


Under clearing skies from the remnants of the morning rainthe Strasse pilots were looking to improve on the race one results for race two, Chris Whittle was the one who impressed the crowds coming from nowhere to end up in the midfield battle and was soon up to 9th place after overtaking team mates Botterill and Johnson, but a top ten finish was short lived with only a few laps to go he spun the Cayman losing 11 places crossing the line in 18th place.


Richard Ellis also put in an impressive drive battling with Marcus Carniel and the man of the moment John McCullagh eventually coming home in 7th place earning valuable team points. The team had changed the set up to mike Johnsons Porsche 996 for race two but found the car still to be a bit on the soft side loosing speed into the corners and having to fend off the midfield pack who were biting at his back bumper, Johnson managed to keep the battling field at bay crossing the line in 10th place. David Botterill who had impressed the team in race one drove a steady race among the midfield pack to cross the line in 15th place.

Dave Griffiths


To use a football in terminology a game of two half’s, the qualifying session and the first race was very wet that went very well for us, the second race was dry but despite a good start and a good battle we started to have issues with the car that forced a retirement but we live to fight another day.

Richard Ellis


It was a damp qualifying stint, we should have allowed ourselves more time to adjust the car to get us ready for the damp, we went out way too hard putting us 10th on the grid. Same happened again for race one the rain caught everyone out and the car struggled due to been too hard but I was glad to finish in one piece. A got a good start for race two and the car was spot on for the dry and I’m sure we can qualify better the next time out.



Mike Johnson


I very enjoyable day out despite the very damp conditions on the first race, I got a good placing during qualifying. We have made a few developments on the car but it is still a bit on the soft side but this meant it was excellent for the wet conditions, the second race was dry so we made some adjustments on the dampers but the car still is running on the soft side but despite this we had a good couple of races but again it’s been more a development weekend for the car.


David Botterill


It was an interesting day, when it came to the first race everyone was on slicks and as we were in the holding area it started to rain very heavy so I decided on the green flag lap to come in and change to wets there was only me and Mark Sumpter who decided to do this. It was the right choice and I moved up the field but unfortunately it did not rain long enough, I would have liked to finish higher but in all a good result.

Chris Whittle


What a fantastic day, I had a few concerns with car at the last meeting, but found out it was just that the car that was low on fuel so that was a learning process. Just before the start of the first race it started to poor it down and we were on cold tyres and on slicks but despite this I had a good battle working my way few the midfield to finish in 16th place. The second race was a lot better and dry and I had a fantastic race and managed to get up to 9th place but unfortunately with only two laps to go I spun allowing a number of drivers to pass.