Club Battle Resumes at Brands Hatch

Brands Hatch hosts the next two rounds of the Porsche Club Championship, with two rounds taking place on the tight and frenetic Indy circuit at the famous Kent venue. Recent rounds have featured exciting racing, with at the front of the field Ian White’s 964 C2 taking on the massed ranks of the 968 CS models headed by 2007 champion Mark McAleer.

White’s classically shaped rear-engined 964 always gets off the line well, but usually proves closely matched with the 968s on race pace, and the front-engined cars tend to be kinder to their tyres over a race distance. In recent races 2006 champion White has battled hard against Class One rivals, McAleer, Gary Duckman, Brian Robinson and Ben Demetriou, and the two 30-minute races at Brands should see him under pressure as grip fades in the final laps of the race.

Class One of the Club is numerically the biggest, with at least 19-cars expected on the grid, 11 of them the 968 variant that McAleer used to win last year’s championship. Other drivers to watch for will be local racer Kevin Harrison, out in a 964 C2, and the experienced John Williams, aiming to take on the more modern cars in his 1973 911 Carrera.

At Brands Hatch, Class Two of the Club runners will race separately – joining the Porsche Open field – which should give them the opportunity to have the clean leadership battle their recent superb races have merited. The 14-strong class has been dominated of late by the 944 S2, with Chris Dyer, Trevor Lewis and Charles Winterhalder taking wins. Winterhalder damaged his car at the end of July at Silverstone, but should be on the grid – while James Hilliard returns for Brands in his rapid 944.

Jeremy Clark has been the man to beat in recent races in Class Three, strong early laps seeing him pull clear in his 944. Adrian Stock, Dave Roberts and the distinctive pink 911 SC of Sarah Bennett-Baggs provide the opposition at Brands.

All the action takes place on Saturday at Brands Hatch, with qualifying at 09.50, and the two races scheduled or 13.30 and 17.00.