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Strasse extend championship lead at Rockingham

The Strasse team where looking to extend the points lead for Peter Morris in the drivers’ championship as well as extending their healthy lead in the team championship in the Baylis " Harding Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli’s for rounds eight and nine at Rockingham despite having David Botterill and Hugo Holmes unable to attend the weekends races.

Rockingham is a tight very technical track that is cruel to cars you have to get it right first time as there is no room for error, despite the challenge that lay ahead for the drivers Rockingham always brings spectacular racing for the fans and spectacular it was. The team had decided not to punish the cars during qualifying after Richard Ellis was forced to pull into the pits with a noisy bottom end sound coming from the Porsche 993 C2 forcing him out of the first race.

Race One

The Strasse pilots knew that they would have to work hard for a podium finish, Peter Morris in the Porsche 996 C2 started from the third row in sixth place and made a good start and was up to second place by the end of the first lap. The gaps between the top four varied as drivers took turns to back off in an attempt to control engine temperatures and revs on a baking hot Rockingham track. Morris struggled in the opening stages of the race losing out first to Harrison and then McAleer on lap five to drop to fourth. By now Chris Dyer in the Cayman S was battling with Jonathan Evans for fourth place with a fast McCullagh closing in on him having making his way through the field after starting from the back.

Sumpter was running strong still in first place but Harrison in second suddenly pulled off elevating McAleer to second, with Morris closing fast in third, and so they stayed in that order till the chequered flag with Morris continuing his perfect season of podium finishes tacking third place. “I was happy to finish on the podium,” said Morris, “I was having to push hard and when I saw Tom had pulled off I knew it was already a bonus for me. I could have pushed harder but this circuit is tough on the car and it was getting hot from the second lap – I had to have the heater on full blast again.” Dyer had managed to get past Evans but had lost out to McCullagh who finished only a cars length in fourth with Dyer taking fifth spot. In Class two strasse pilot Andy Toon once again showed that the Porsche 968 CS is still a race car that compete with the more modern Porsche’s forcing his was past the class two filed from fourth place to take his second win of the season “I started too far back in the class,” said Toon, “but by turn three I was leading. From then on I just tried to stay on the back of some Class One cars, I felt if I could hold their pace they would drag me along. A nice, easy clean race – but probably boring to watch as all the work was done on the first few corners.”

Race Two

With only minutes to spare before race two the team had managed to fix Richard Ellis 993 C2 after a marathon trip back to the workshop in Leeds and back with a set of new rockers. The gloves were off has all Strasse pilots knew that valuable points where there for the taking this was going to be an exciting race that soon proved to be drama-packed.

Sumpter again made a strong start to ease past McAleer into the lead, Morris and Ellis also made a good start and where among the battling front pack leading into lap two, Dyer soon became involved in battle for fifth place with MCCullagh who once again starting from the back had flown past everyone. Sadly Ellis had to retire his 993 from fourth after losing power and a concerning noise again coming from the engine. With only a lap to go Morris lanced inside McAleer for second and was soon on the tail of Sumpter, Morris almost got the win as both drivers crossed the finish line side by side. Meanwhile Dyer was not going to let McCullagh get away from him and both drivers put on thrilling show for the Spector’s almost touching and trading paintwork at 120 MPH on the banking, the corners did not seem to slow them down and the battle elevated has Dyer was desperate to claim back that position. Contact at the chicane saw Dyer lose a headlight and McCullagh trail his rear bumper for a lap or two, but it was McCullagh who finally claimed fourth with Dyer taking fifth place.

The frantic battle continued in class two with Koeberle leading from the start, with Ings in second Toon was in third and was closing the gap on the leading two. The battling formation remained the much the same throughout the race but the class leader went wide at the hairpin on lap 11 allowing Ings to slide past, but Ings under pressure from Toon went wide which let Koeberle get a run on him and go past, holding on to take his fourth class in the previous five races. Toon went past Ings to take second.

Peter Morris

I came here this weekend hoping to get a couple of podiums so I could get ahead of Bradshaw. To do this I needed to get in front of him from the start. I managed to get a second and two first places so a cracking weekend and I’m still leading the championship. A good weekend for the Strasse team. I was having a problem with the water temperature light coming on in the last race so I had to whack on the heater for twenty minutes and while I was looking down at the warning lights Richard got past me but I got him back on the Wellington straight so I great weekend for the team.

Andy Toon

It was great race, good weekend results for the team, I have never been here before so qualifying was a bit rubbish so I was a bit out of position for the first race but I made a good start and was soon in first place with a lead of about ten second so it was an easy race for me. I knew I had my work cut out for the start of the second race been on the last row of the grid but again I made a good start and managed to work my way up to the front, I tried to get past Evans in first but was unable to, maybe if there where one or two more laps left I may have got first spot but I am well pleased with the results for today.

Richard Ellis

A Big disappointment this weekend there was so much potential for me here but we had a bit of an engine issue, Dave and the Strasse team worked there socks off to get the car ready for race two. We got out for race two and we were up there challenging among the leaders but we were down on power and the engine started missing so I had to pull in, it was a case of what have could have been. I’m sure we could have been challenge for top spot so a bit disappointed.

Chris Dyer

I got good start in race one and I soon got on the back of Evans and just kept pressuring him lap after lap and eventually I got past him and got up to fifth and at this point I was still learning the circuit. Again for race two I made a cracking start and I was soon in a Hugh battle with McCullagh lap after lap battling with him, he lost it going into the last corner and I just tapped him a little bit, I ended up taking fifth but I am well pleased with the results.