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Strasse Motorsport 2014

 

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Strasse Dominate at Silverstone


Strasse Motorsport extended their team championship lead dominating rounds five, six and seven of the Baylis & Harding Porsche Club Championship at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit (June 21st and 22nd). Pete Morris who currently leads the drivers’ championship took two of the three overall wins with Richard Ellis taking two second podium finishes. In Class two Andy Toon also placed is Porsche on the podium in second place in round six.



Race One


It was Pete Morris’s championship rival Bradshaw who led away from pole in the first of Saturday’s two races, with the rest of the field following behind in grid order. Bradshaw was pushing his 996 hard in the early running to open a gap on the rest; But Morris in the 996 C2 was also pushing hard and was soon putting a large gap between himself and Sumpter in third. Morris was unable to close down Bradshaw who took the first win of the weekend with Morris taking second ahead of Sumpter. Richard Ellis in the 993 C just missed out on the final podium spot finishing in fourth. Chris Dyer in the Cayman S put in a strong performance but was unable to battle his way past the pack in the middle eventually crossing the line in a valuable seventh place point’s position.

 

David Botterill struggled to find grip placing the 964 C2 in sixteenth place, in class two Andy Toon in the 968 C2 who is currently leading the class two championship had to contend with jet lag among a strong field of contenders coming home in strong fourth place in class. The second class tow Strasse pilot Hugo Holmes in the second 968 C2 crossed the line in sixth place. “I couldn’t stay with Tom,” said Morris, “but was able to keep clear of the rest. I’m happy to start the weekend with another second place, consistency is what’s important.”



Race Two


Morris got off to a fantastic start and led the filed on the first lap, Ellis looking strong was pushing Slater and Sumpter in front of him. Chris Dyer was also looking fast pushing the Cayman to its limits trying to get passed the midfield battle to place himself in a position to compete for a podium finish, But it was David Botterill who took the lime light over everyone with a fire at the rear of the car that was out of sight of his rear view mirrors completing a full lap with flames and smoke trailing from the rear of his car before pitting.

Once the smoke had settled it was still Morris in front, but now Ellis was in the thick of the podium fight, and for a while it was a four way battle for the position before Ellis and Bradshaw broke clear of Sumpter and Slater. Sumpter slowed on lap six and retired.


Morris calmly stayed clear for the lead, while the fight between Ellis and Bradshaw for second went the way of the former’s Strasse 993 C2 once Bradshaw was given a five-second penalty for exceeding the track limits. Morris took the chequered flag to win with Ellis taking second, Dyer put in strong performance crossing the line in the Cayman in sixth place. In Class two Andy Toon also put in strong performance finishing in second place, the second Strasse class two pilot Hugo Holmes finished in sixth place.


“I had a plan, I’d saved a set of tyres from Croft and knew I had to go quick early on or they would catch me,” said Morris. “I nursed the tyres home at the end, happy to take another win.” “The car was great,” said Ellis. “It was a great battle with Tom, we had so many moments between us it’s hard to pick them all out. There was some oil down so you had to be careful, but we were getting braver by the lap and the car was sliding.”

 


Race Three


Would team orders come in to play for Sundays race? was the question on everyone’s mind with a number of competitors not competing due to DNF’s on Saturday resulted in Morris and Ellis both on the front row with Chris Dyer only a few places down the grid could a 1, 2, 3 be possible for the team for the last race of the weekend. Morris lead the field away from pole closely followed by Team mate Ellis, Bradshaw soon retired leaving Dyer in third after making up three places from the start resulting in the team crossing the line after first lap in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions.

Ellis was’nt going to make it easy for Morris, the pair were soon trading positions with each other with Dyer also looking strong and threatening. The battle continued throughout the race with all three Strasse pilots putting a gap between themselves and the rest of the field and it was looking promising for a 1, 2, 3 win but the battle went on right to the last lap forcing Morris to defend hard taking his second win of the weekend.

 

A blistering charge from Slater closed in on Dyer in third, going past at Aintree on lap eight to claim the final podium position, Dyer having to be satisfied with fourth, the Cayman’s best finish so far this season.


Andy Toon was not able to race due to pre-arranged charity commitments leaving Hugo Holmes the only class two driver competing finishing in fifth place.

 


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.



David Botterill


I had bit of a problem with oil this weekend, I had a leak during qualifying that forced me to come in, but we fixed it and it was fine for the first race, but we did’nt seem to have the power and the handling was’nt right so we made some changes for race two. The car felt fine but I saw a hint of oil smoke but I thought it was just the fix we did this morning so I continued and waited to see if any of the Marshalls waved me to come in with mechanical issues and then I heard a knocking so I came in and when I came to a stop the Marshalls surrounded me with fire extinguishers wanting to put out a large fire.



Andy Toon


The First race was ok I got bogged down at the start and lost a couple of places and ended up battling with Team mate David Botterill. Once the guys in front got away from us we just could’nt keep up to their pace. The second race was much better and felt better. I was more positive, I knew I had to get a good start and attack the cars in front. I managed to get past them and just before the end I unfortunately lost the third place, but it was a good race.



Richard Ellis


It was a fantastic race for the third race I think all three of us were equally matched and all over each other and Chris was up there too, we are all moving in the right direction, moving ahead. There were moments where I think I could have got passed Pete but I did’nt think I had the brakes. It’s been a fantastic weekend.



Chris Dyer


I had a good qualifying and started ninth on the grid. Race one was really close, I made up two positions finishing in seventh. In race two I started in ninth again and I had a good clean battle going with Kevin Harrison, it was mainly just me and him racing in the midfield finishing sixth so that set the grid up for race three. Starting in sixth place for race three I got a blinding start taking three places and got behind team mates Richard and Pete and we lead nose to tail in that order for most of the race but Slater got me in the last lap after I lost a little rear end grip, but the cars been faultless all weekend we just need to do a couple of suspension alterations and we will be there challenging for top honors.



Hugo Holmes


A fabulous weekend, I really really enjoyed it. I even got two sixth places on Saturday. We did some suspension changes and it made it much better a fab weekend all round.