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Porsche Club Championship race winner and 2008 Class One runner-up Gary Duckman is the first driver to enter a 993 model Porsche for the 2009 series, the model only becoming eligible under the regulation this year. Running in Class One, the powerful 993 has the highest minimum weight of any model in the series in order to ensure the close racing the Porsche Club Championship has been renowned for.
“It was my sponsors who led the way on choosing to run a 993,” said 36-year-old Gary, from Croydon, “they brought some guests to see me race last year and they were expecting a car that looked like a traditional Porsche – not my 968! They agreed to support me this year and it seemed the perfect time to switch to a 993 which becomes eligible for the series for the first time.
“The car has been built up from a road car by County Classics, who ran my 968 for me, and it will handle very different to what I am used to, I last drove a 993 on the road 10 years ago. The 993 will be the most powerful car in the field – but also the heaviest so it will be interesting to see how we fare against the 964s and 968s.
“We give the car its first shakedown at Brands Hatch next Wednesday, so we will get our first idea of how it runs. The first race is on my birthday, so it would be great to get a good result then.”
The 2009 Porsche Club Championship will be run over nine double-header meetings, starting at Donington Park on April 4th, and visiting all the UK’s main circuits. Drivers in all classes can score points towards the Championship, with the overall champion winning a one-off prize drive in the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB.