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Strasse Motorsport 2014


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Strasse takes major points at Brands despite absent team members

Morris wins at Brands

The 2014 season got underway for the Strasse Team this weekend at Brands Hatch for the race one and two of the Porsche Club Championship.The team welcomed three new team drivers and cars to the Strasse stable Peter Morris in his Strasse, PMC Midlands 997 C2, Andrew Toon in the Strasse, PMC Midlands 968 CS and also Hugo Holmes also in a Strasse, Freeman Jewellers, CS Signs 968 CS, absent from the team for the first weekend was David Botteril and Richard Ellis, long serving Strasse driver Chris Dyer made is return once again for 2014 in the Redline, Porsche 911 World Porsche Cayman S.

Race One

The unexpected and anticipation soon got underway as the green lights lit up for race one, Peter Morris made a slow start allowing Bradshaw on pole to put a gap between them but after a spin on track the Safety Car was deployed for two Class Two cars in the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend. Rapid work from the circuit marshalls saw both cars able to re-join, and racing was soon underway at the start of lap three this allowed Morris to close the gap and was soon on the bumper of the leader, Morris is no stranger to the championship or Porsche racing and his experience and talent will be a great asset to the team. Morris was not expecting to be challenging for overall honors among the young talent that is competing in this year’s championship but the experience of Morris was no match for the rest of the field, unfortunately Morris was unable to get past Bradshaw despite trying every move in the book crossing the line in second place.

After last year’s development year out of the way Chris Dyer was also looking to be among the front runners piloting the Cayman S, Dyer was soon among them and was looking and sounding strong until a vibration and noise coming from the rear forced him to back off eventually crossing the finish line in in ninth place. Hugo Homes in the 968 was lucky not to be caught up in the spinning class two cars on the first lap missing them by inches, shortly after Holmes was forced to pull off and retire after a wheel bearing failure. Andrew Toon in the class two 968 took valuable points for team bring the 968 over the line in second place, Toon was showing that the Strasse prepared car was fast putting the first placed car of Stuart Hings under pressure throughout the race.

Race Two

Morris now had the bit between his teeth and was looking forward to the battle with Bradshaw for race two but Bradshaw’s hopes of a double win were soon over as he pulled into the pits at the end of the green flag lap with an issue. Morris now had the front row to himself and led away, Morris was involved in battle with Sumpter , McAleer, Harrison and McCUllagh.Morris and Sumpter took turns to lead but by Lap eight Morris made a move to the outside of Sumpter through Paddock Hill Bend, Slater took full advantage of their battle to slide past Morris at Druids to make it a Paragon one-two at the front. Morris fought back a lap later to move back into second through Paddock, and set about finding a way past Sumpter again.

Another Safety Car period closed the field back up, but when racing resumed Morris was looking each lap into Paddock for a way past, but finally made his move through Clearways on lap 21, before easing away for his first win of 2014 in his Strasse-tended 996.
Dyer in the Cayman despite a bearing issue put in a good battle with Paul winter and Stuart Hings eventually crossing the line in seventh place, the bearing issue that forced Holmes to retire in race one was soon fixed by the team and Hugo was back for race two. Hugo put in good performance battling at the back of the field with Paul Seagrave ans Mark McAleer finishing the race in fourteenth place. Andrew Toon once again took second place in class two after a second battle of the day with the boxster of Stuart Hings.

Peter Morris

I came here thinking that the Paragon Lads were going to be quick because of the weight deference and I know that Tom is quick in the Hartech cars, so I came looking for fifth or sixth thinking that I will have a go but now I have second and first I will have to go all the way and case the championship so it’s going to cost me a fortune in tyres so anyone out there who could help with sponsorship would be great help.

Chris Dyer

I got a good start in race once, but I had a slight problem with the rear wheel bearings and I also had a small oil leak but despite that I came home in 9th in class and 9th overall. In race two I started 9th and got a good start again but I fell asleep during the restart after the safety car for some reason but I got myself up to seventh, but apart from the bearing issues I’m pleased with the car.

Hugo Holmes

I got a fabulous start on the first race taking five places getting right up next to Andy Toon But he had to turn wide to avoid a collision and I had to take myself off but luckily it was tarmac so I could pull back on again but everyone had gone past me so I had to start from scratch so it ended up been somewhat of a test day but I’m looking forward to Croft I want to flying at.

Andrew Toon

The Car felt really well I had a rubbish start in race one too, much wheel spin at the start but as the race settled in it felt really planted and I managed to get past Johnathan Evans in the class one car and I managed to keep in front of him that was the target of the day so I was pleased with that. The second race again the car felt absolutely great and got off to a better start of the line, there were a couple of safety car issues but at the end I could feel the grip levels going a bit but I think that was me pushing so hard at the beginning of the race, but I’m pleased with the car and for the first time out this year getting two seconded places is really good for the team points.

The Team will back racing for rounds three and four of the Porsche Club Championship at Croft 10th May 2014.