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Strasse Battles Adversity for Second Race at Oulton Park



Strasse Motorsports had to go into overdrive to prepare not one but three cars for the second race of the day in Baylis & Harding Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit.


Qualifying


Oulton Park is fast track with limited overtaking opportunities so it was important that the Strasse pilots qualified high up the grid, with the track still a little damp with the early morning dew the team took it steady with Morris putting the Strasse 996 C2 on the second row. Richard Ellis in the 993 C2 qualified lower down the order in ninth place after technical difficulties with the car that were rectified before the start of race one. Clossly behind Ellis was David Botterill in eleventh place piloting the Porsche 964 C2, Chris Dyer in the Cayman S placed is car in fourteenth place after taking steady to test and bed the brakes in after alterations were required after testing on the Friday. In class two Andy Toon put the 968 CS in sixteenth place (fifth in class) while Hugo Holmes placed his 968 in eighteenth place (eighth in class).


In Class two Andy Toon in the Strasse 968 CS fished in fourth place, Toon had worked through the filed into a comfortable second place and was looking good for a first place challenge but he was tapped from behind forcing him off and re-joining the filed back in fourth. Hugo Holmes in the second 968 CS Strasse class two car put in strong performance and battled hard among the class two pack. Holmes fought hard throughout the race exchanging paint work with Higgins during the race eventually crossing the line eighth in class.



Race One


The lights turned green and all the Strasse pilots got off to a good start making up places heading into the first corner but on exiting the corner a competitors car spun off re-entering the track in front of the class two field, mayhem followed has the class two field scattered across the race track resulting in a large impact for Andy Toon and also impact damage to Hugo Holmes 968 forcing both Strasse pilots to retire with heavy damage to both cars.

The Safety car was deployed and the filed reformed ready for the restart. When the cars were released at the start of lap four, Morris was in fourth place with John McCullagh chasing who was running behind in fifth, Morris soon moved into third on lap seven, the championship leader now nicknamed “Podium Pete” was intent on yet another podium position, while at the front, Bradshaw was leading, but that was not the situation on the timing screens. The race leader was adjudged to make a jump start in the grid and was given a ten-second penalty. Meanwhile in the midfield battle Dyer was making good progress and was looking strong until a mistake by Dyer threw the car into a spin after placing the wheels on the damp grass hitting the barriers resulting in the third damaged and DNF car for the Strasse team. Bradshaw still went on to take the chequer flag with Sumpter initially shown as the winner, but the penalty was rescinded moments after the race – giving Bradshaw his third consecutive victory and Morris taking third. Richard Ellis crossed the finish line in sixth place with David Botterill in tenth place.


Race Two


The resulting hit and damage was severe to all three Strasse cars forcing the Strasse crew to work double time to be able to compete in the second race of the day.

Morris made a good start placing him in third heading into the first corner with Bradshaw leading followed by Sumpter. Bradshaw once again started to pull away from the others putting in a series of fastest race laps and had soon put a five second gap between him and Sumpter, the battle for second between Morris and Sumpter went on lap after lap, but Morris took is moment on lap 11, that settled the order at the front, Bradshaw taking the win from Morris and Sumpter. Richard Ellis finished in sixth place after a battle with Steve Cheetman and John McCullagh, David Botterill placed the Strasse 964 C2 in tenth place. Chris Dyer suffered problems from the start and was struggling with the handing of the Cayman due to the impact from race one so it was a case of damage limitation and making sure that the Cayman finished in order to collect valuable team points crossing the line in 18th place.


Peter Morris


What’s good about today is I kept up with Bradshaw for a change and we both got to race each other both cars where on par, he got the best of me on both races but I pushed him all the way and I am still leading the championship so it’s going well, happy days.



Andy Toon


We qualified ok and we got off to a good start but the mayhem at the start soon put to stop to that, but a great effort by the team to get the car back racing for race two that was rewarded by earning valuable points for the team.



Richard Ellis


We had few issues with the car during qualifying but we soon put them right but this meant we had a bit of catching up to do during race one, we had some good battles but if was not for the yellow flags I’m sure we could have done better.



Chris Dyer


The first race I got a good start but with three laps to go I put the car onto the grass and put the car in the barrier but we managed to fix ready for two but the car just did.

David Botterhill


It was a good set of results today it was a good day and I am pleased that we finished in one piece considering the damage we had to the other cars.



Hugo Holmes


The first race I made a fabulous start but the damage impact on race one soon put a stop to that, fantastic job by the team to put the car back together again ready for race two, I was pleased were I finished for race two.