The opening round of the hotly awaited Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019 kicked off at Donington Park on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.
Porsche Centre teams which had restored a 986 Boxster for the 2018 competition were all excited to get back on the track for a second series in their cars with historically inspired Porsche racing liveries.
The Easter weekend was very warm and it was feared that the heat may affect the reliability of the cars, possibly even being a deciding factor in the day’s outcomes.
To qualify, each car had to complete three laps during a 20 minute session. The cars lined up on the grid where the drivers had their first opportunity to weigh up the competition.
Last year the Bournemouth car remained unchallenged in the competition with professional driver Ben McLoughlin at the helm. This year Ollie was hot on his heels in qualifying and, at one point, was only 0.6 of a second behind Ben, qualifying in second position.
When Race 1 started, Swindon’s Coca-Cola liveried Boxster felt pressure from Wolverhampton’s Pink Pig, and Ollie dropped into third position. Shortly afterwards, while fending off the Wilmslow car with Salzburg livery, Ollie lost the back end of the Boxster and ended up on the grass.
Recovering and having avoided the gravel trap, Ollie re-entered the race in 14th place, just in front of Cardiff’s car. Through sheer determination, Ollie was able to push his way back up to eighth position at the race.
As Race 2 began, Ollie was back at the front of the grid, and determined to stay that way. However, luck was not on Swindon’s side for the second race and, after losing a couple of positions on the outside line, the race drew to a premature end for Ollie when his Boxster was stopped in its tracks with a throttle problem.
It was an exciting start to the racing season for the Swindon team, but we are hoping for better luck in two weeks’ time at Brands Hatch for the second round.
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