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Promising start for Dyer and Ellis

 

Strasse Racing pilots Chris Dyer and Richard Ellis made a promising start to the first two rounds of the Porsche Club Championship by setting the 8th and 10th fastest times around the circuit of Brands Hatch. With very wet conditions and cold temperatures during qualifying the plan was to bring the cars back in one piece rather qualifying at the front resulting in dyer being placed down the grid in 20th place while team mate Ellis was placed in a comfortable 10th place for the start of the first race.

 

Come the start of the race the temperature and not improved much but luckily the rain had stopped and the track was now dry for the start of the race. With the new Boxster and the Porsche 996 introduced for the first time this year it was always going to be an interesting start to the season and it was not long before drivers where flexing there muscles among the field of 22 cars, in fact it was more like watching a touring car event than a club championship as a little more than paint was exchanged resulting in car body parts been thrown across the track. Richard Ellis back again in his Porsche 993C2 put in a very good performance and was among the midfield battle throughout the race bringing the car across the start finish line in 6th place but the good start to the season was short lived as a very disappointed Ellis soon found out his points where non-void by the cleck of the course due a miss calculation of fuel that had left his car some 7 kilos under weight after weighing.

 

Chris Dyer who this year moves into class one in his Porsche 968 CS fought his way through traffic from 20th place to bring his car home in 9th place after an entertaining battle with his team mate Ellis and Ben Demetriou in his Boxster S. The weight issue was not isolated as Lee Atkins points where also non-void moving Dyer two places up into 7th place overall 6th in class.

 

Quotes:

 

Chris Dyer

 

I qualified 20th on the grid in the rain but with the race been dry I went back to dry settings on the car, I got a good start and cars where hitting each other left right and centre so I picked my way through them and ending up having a good battle with Ben Demetriou, but i started to worry about the amount of fuel I had so I had to back off towards the end but still managed to get up to 11th place but i'm very pleased with the new car.

The first race of the Porsche Club GB Championship kicks off at Brands Hatch on the 5th May

 

Race Two

 

With the track still dry the cars lined up on the grid for race two with Ellis on row four in 8th place and Dyer on row 11 in 21st place. Ellis got off to a good start but was soon hit in the side by Mark Proctor in his 993CS causing panel damage and the loss of a wing mirror that resulted in Ellis dropping places and having to fight his way back through the battle in the middle of the field. meanwhile Dyer got off to flying start soon making short work of the class two field and the back of the class one field. Dyer was soon involved in a strong battle with Lee Atkins in his Boxster a battle that went to the last lap when Dyer eventually got the upper hand coming home in 9th place overall 8th in class with team mate Ellis in 12th place.

 

Quotes:

 

Richard Ellis

 

Just like race one I found myself bogged down at the start as soon has i set off a car swiped the side of my car causing the rear arch to scrape on the tyre that caused me problems getting going and I lost a lot of places but I managed to get going again once I knew nothing was broken. I had a good tussle with the middle of the pack and also with my team mate Chris for a few laps but he got the better of me, it was an enjoyable race but not the outcome I wanted but the lap times are looking good and it's looking good for the next round at Oulton Park.

 

Chris Dyer

 

I started of 21st on the grid thats not where I wanted to be but that life but I had a cracking start and soon got past the class two cars and a few class one cars and then my team mate Richard I then started to reel in Lee Atkins in his Boxster and on the final lap managed to get past him and come home 10th. I was well pleased with the car, if I had qualified better I would have been up there the car has been faultless all day so roll on Oulton Park.

The team who normally have three cars running in the championship where down to two for the first meeting due to other race commitments for third team member David Botterill.