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Team Strasse kick starts season with two podiums at Brands Hatch



The Midlands driving combination of Pete Morris and son Ross Morris captured two podiums for Team Strasse in Saturday’s Porsche Club Championship GB with Pirelli season opener in the No. 2 Porsche 996 C class one car and the Porsche Boxster S in class two in a duo of wild 25-minute sprint events that saw a variety of scenarios at Brands Hatch.

No less than a split second separated the top eight drivers during qualifying with Pete Morris lining up on the front row in second place, on row three was Chris Dyer in the Porsche Cayman S who qualified fourth. Moving up from class two to class one and tenth on the grid was last year’s champion Andy Toon now piloting the second teams Porsche 966 C2 car.

In Class two Ross Morris qualified the Boxster S third in class, Morris junior will be racing the teams new class two Porsche Cayman for 2017 but unfortunately the car was not ready for Brands after suffering suspension problems during testing the week prior resulting in the team having to enter last year’s class two championship car for the opening two rounds of the championship. Hugo Holmes in the second Boxster S qualified sixth in class with David Botterill now the oldest car on the grid the Porsche 964 C2 qualifying in seventh.



Race One

The race began with pole-sitter McAleer retaining the lead at the front heading into the first corner with Pete Morris flowing closely behind; Chris dyer also retained his position in sixth place. Andy Toon got the better start and moved up to eighth place by the time the leading pack entered Druids corner. Further back in class two Ross Morris was in fourth battling with Seagrave, Cheetham and Jake McAleer.

While the field retained their positions it was Toon who was improving but a shunt from behind resulted in Toon spinning off. He managed to rejoin the race but fear of damage brought the car straight into the pits to be checked, no damage was reported and he immediately rejoined the race unfortunately he was now in tenth place and a lap down. The race finished with no further mishaps with Pete Morris taking second place, Chris Dyer crossing the line in sixth place and Toon in tenth. In class two Ross Morris took fourth with David Botterill taking sixth place in class and Hugo Holmes in seventh.



Race Two


Uncharacteristically Pete Morris made a mistake at the start locking up his back wheels and spinning the tyres, this also boxed Chris Dyer in who was behind him on the grid resulting in both drivers losing several places. A good start by Andy Toon saw him move up to seventh place while Pete Morris soon settled into eight place.

Chris Dyer despite the unavoidable start was now in tenth place by the end of the first lap. It was not long before Dyer was behind team mate Morris battling for sixth with Toon in fifth. All three drivers soon made up places but Dyer was hit from behind sending him into a spin losing him a place, he soon closed the gap up and managed to retake seventh place. Meanwhile Morris moved up to fifth place ahead of teammate Toon who was now in sixth place and so it remained to the end of the race with Morris taking fifth, Toon sixth and Dyer crossing the line in seventh.

In class two Ross Morrris again put in a strong performance to take third place after battling most of the race with Cheetham for second position, Morris almost gained the position but spun out during the last lap but managed to retain third spot, Botterill finished sixth in class. Unfortunately the third class two pilot Hugo Holmes spun out at Hailwoods Hill hitting the barrier resulting in heavy damage to the rear end of the Boxster, despite the fast impact Hugo thankfully was ok and able to exit the car.



Quotes



Pete Morris, number 1: PCM Midlands Porsche 996 C2


I had a bad start again, new clutch and gearbox and I’m still trying to find the bite. I cocked my team mate up though, poor old Chris, he’s had a bit a moan about it. I was getting blocked all the time but I will be stronger at Oulton Park I want two first places there we will see what happens.



Chris Dyer, number 4: Professional / Millers Oil Cayman S


 I was happy with qualifying and I got a good start in race one and managed to pick off a few of the 996’s, they were a bit better on the brakes but I was happy to take sixth place. In race two Pete Morris made a nightmare start he was standing there with his wheels spinning and I got boxed in behind him and I lost about six places then about four laps i got spun by Price so I had to play catch up. I managed to retake price again but he hit me again I managed to get through but the car just did not feel the shame, In all I am happy with the results.



Andy Toon, Number 4:EPC Electrolytic Plating Porsche Boxster S


Overall I was really pleased with the results of today I was hoping to be consistent with the rest of the field and qualifying showed that. The first race was a shame i had a great start made up three places but I was then hit from behind and by the time I re-joined I was a lap down but that’s racing. The second race again I had a reasonable start but then I got blocked but managed to keep up with the leading pack, it’s my first race meeting in class one and I am happy with the results, the team preparation has been fantastic.




Ross Morris Number 3 Strasse Boxster S


I have not done many races at Brands qualifying was difficult and I had a terrible start in race one. The tyres just did not feel as good as they did during qualifying and I had to spend most of the race making up places and finished in fourth place. In race two I had another bad start and I think I dropped down to nearly last but the tyres felt a lot better and I manged to get back up to third but I just could not get past Cheetham for second.


Hugo Holmes no 24 Freeman Jewellers Porsche Boxster S


It wasn’t a good weekend, race one was ok but I was still not happy with the performance, in race two I went into Hailwoods Hill and when I planted the power the back end skipped away from me and took me backwards into the barriers it was so quick, it happened in a ‘’snap’’ and there was nothing I could do about it.

 

David Botterill No 8 Strasse 964 C2


Its a short circuit Brands, the car came back after the winter break after some adjustments and feels fine but I think the Boxster’s have picked up the pace again. I had a couple of decent battles but I think we need to look at the weight of the car again.