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Strasse Motorsport 2013

 

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Strasse Sees Positives Despite Tough Run at Donington

 

 

The Strasse team where back again at Donington Park this weekend for the second time this season for rounds five and six of the Porsche Club GB Championship, the team who to date have had a difficult start to the season where without Chris Dyer who’s Porsche Cayman S was not ready due to engine and body damage sustained from the last meeting, also Paul Ward who pilots the Class two Porsche 968 was absent due to illness.


All eyes where on Richard Ellis who won here last year to hopefully bring home a podium spot for the team and with a promising 6th placed morning qualifying result the hope looked like a reality for the number 10 GTI Motors Porsche 993 C2. David Botterill piloting the Porsche 964 C2 qualified in 28th place, Mike Johnson placed the Porsche 997 C2 in 17th place on the grid, and Chris Whittle put the sister Cayman S in 22nd spot on the starting line. In Class two Dave Griffiths piloting the Porsche 944 S2 qualified in 26th place.



 

Race One

 

With weight restrictions and the introduction of the 18” wheels no one could predict who was going to come out on top and with only a 15 minute qualifying time set for this weekend it was hard to take any qualifying times into account. Richard Ellis starting from 6th place on the grid made a good start darting down into the first corner holding position and almost gaining a place or two. Despite getting used to the new set up on the car Ellis did well under pressure holding off a strong challenging pack while gaining a position coming home in 5th place.


Mike Johnson piloting the Porsche 997 C2 had a difficult day, during qualifying the throttle cable snapped leaving Johnson unable to put in is best flying lap, the team was able to fix the problem before the race but unfortunately the bad luck continued, Johnson was fast off the line at the start of the race and had made up 6 positions until he suffered his second setback of the day when the engine of the 997 blew resulting in DNF for Johnson and also ruling out any chance to take part in race two.


David Botterill in the Porsche 964 C2 made a decision to use today’s meeting more of a test day changing all the springs and set-up of the car on the morning of the race this aside Botterill still managed to put in some good lap times but starting from 28th on the grid made the race difficult for him having to battle is way through the traffic leaving no time to chase down the leading pack.


Chris whittle piloting the Porsche Cayman S is improving steadily in every race and today saw Whittle put in his best lap times and finishing position of the season so far gaining 10 places coming home in 13th place.


In Class two Dave Griffiths in the Porsche 944 S2 struggled with an engine miss fire leaving Griffiths frustrated and not able to gain full speed out of the corners, despite this Griffiths still managed to make the 944 competitive crossing the line in 22nd place. During the break the team tried to fix the problem but unfortunately it was an electrical problem that was diagnosed, a fix that would have to be corrected back at the workshop ruling out any chance for Griffiths to compete in race two.


Race Two

 

So far the day had been more than challenging for the team and with two cars out only three remained for the start of race two. In Class one Richard Ellis once again was fast of the mark and was soon involved in the battle for 6th place with the Boxster of Marcus Carniel, despite every effort Ellis was unable to gain that extra place crossing the finish line in 7th place.


Chris Whittle made a blistering start darting down the right-hand side, but unfortunately an incident in front of him left him stranded behind the traffic jam with nowhere to go allowing the rest of the field to overtake him. Once Whittle got going again he was soon back on the pace and managed to chase down a number of cars in front of him gaining valuable track positions eventually crossing the line in 23rd place.

 

Dave Botterills mission for race two was to run a clean race and stay in contention with the midfield battle, Botterill ran some very quick laps throughout race matching laps times of the leaders but was unable to close the gap eventually finishing in 19th place.


 

Richard Ellis

 

I started with new tyres and the bigger 18” wheels improved the handling of the car we just need to set up the car better to suit the handling, qualifying went very well a lot better than we were hoping for. The first race I made a good start from 6th on the grid and despite getting used to the new set up on the car I had lots of tussles and some good racing. Starting from 7th on the grid for the second race I also made a good start, there was lots of moments during the race and it was lots of fun I think once we sort the setup of the car we will see some improvement.

 

 

Chris Whittle

 

A fantastic day out I got a good grid position for both races and got off to a great start in race one and I was much better getting up to speed and overtook a lot of cars at the start and managed to hold them positions, despite a number of cars falling off I ended up coming 13th which was beyond my wildest dream because I have always been at the back so 13th out of 32 and 13th out of 22 finishes was really something. The second race I got a real good start but the minix car stalled at the right-hand side of the track, the right-hand side of the track was wide open so I deliberately hanged back on the grid and took the right-hand line and went straight passed two cars but then when the car was stalled in front of me I had nowhere to go and I had to wait for others to pass me I did retake a number of position and had a fantastic tussle with Paul Seagrave but then towards the end of the race I started losing my brakes and the car was sliding around. I am very happy on how I have improved this weekend.

 

David Botterill

 

Very Busy day just changed onto the 18” rims and they did not arrive till mid-day after qualifying so we have been changing springs and settings so today was more of a test day. Qualifying down the grid made the race a struggle but I had a good race with some good tussles and when I was among the leaders they did not get that far ahead of me.