Winter and McLean Challenge

  in Porsche Open Finale

The 2008 Porsche Open season draws to a finale this weekend with two races at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium – giving the powerful front-running cars an opportunity to really stretch their legs on the quick Grand Prix circuit. The meeting will also see the destination of the one-off Porsche Carrera Cup GB drive in 2009, with Paul Winter leading Paul McLean in the points with two races left.

A strong Class One entry sees McLean’s 996 GT2 Evo challenged by two other GT2s, ably piloted by Paul Livesey and Mark Chilton, and with a smattering of the newer and more nimble 996 and 997 models to provide variety. Tommy Dreelan returns to Porsche Open action with his 997 GT3, while a welcome returnee is Gerry Harrison, out for the first time this season in his 996 GT3 RSR.

In Class Two, Winter has been the man to beat in his 996 GT3, though after his double class success at Silverstone in September Pete Morris was threatening to make the journey to Spa to take on Winter and the Spa Circuit. In other 996s are Ray Dias, rapid at Brands Hatch in August, and newcomer Mike Corridan.

Brian Corbett and 2008 Bill Taylor Trophy winner Paul Follett make up Class Three.

Qualifying is on Friday afternoon, the Porsche Open field combining with the Porsche Club Championship to provide a 35-car plus field for a 30-minute race on Saturday and a 50-minute final outing on Sunday.