Awards Finale Closes 2008 Porsche Race Season
The 2008 Porsche Club Championship and Porsche Open seasons ended in style at the weekend, Saturday November 8th, with an awards dinner at the Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel near Tewkesbury. The leading racers from two series, which had seen in excess of 100 drivers take to the track, were honoured, Jeremy Clark being awarded the Club championship title he sealed at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium at the beginning of October, and Paul Winter coming out on top of the Open drivers – both winning a one-off drive in the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB courtesy of Porsche Cars GB.
“It was a great night,” said Clark of the awards dinner, “it was nice to be somewhere with everyone and not have to worry about going racing! The organisers did a great job and it was the perfect end to the season.”
Other trophies were awarded, with Paul Follett taking the Rookie of the Year from the Porsche Open for a strong performance in his debut season of racing, which included claiming the prestigious Bill Taylor Handicap trophy at Brands Hatch in the summer. A much-valued Porsche Open award is the ‘Spirit of the Series’ trophy – which went this year to Mark Chilton, who started the season in a 993 GT2 before engine problems saw him revert to the 928 he had raced previously, Mark always to be seen with a positive outlook and enjoying his racing.
In the Porsche Club Championship, a tough title battle was fought for the team trophy, which ultimately went to Summit Preparation who prepared the cars which finished second, fourth, seventh and tenth in Class One.
“We have had a good season,” said series co-ordinator Steve Kevlin, “and for the Club Championship we aim to be looking at more of the same for next year, possibly starting with double-header rounds rather than stand-alone events. For the Porsche Open we may be looking at a more compact timetable for 2009, those cars are more suited to the bigger tracks that have proved very popular with the drivers.”