2010 Porsche Club Championship champion Chris Dyer tasted the fruits of his success at Rockingham last weekend, September 17th and 18th, as he took part in the two rounds of the prestigious Porsche Carrera Cup GB at the Northants circuit. Driving a 420bhp Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car, Chris took fourth place in his class in both races, part of the supporting bill for the high-profile British Touring Car Championship, leading his class for much of race two, and his time in the hot seat has made him ever more determined to defend his title at the end of the month.
“It was a tremendous experience,” said Dyer, whose car was run by the crack Parr Motorsport team. “I tested the car at the circuit on the Friday and was able to get quicker each time I went out in it. The team were unbelievable, they really looked after me and helped me no end, even advising me who would start slowly around me on the grid.
“I got fourth in the first race, and they were encouraging me to go one better in Sunday afternoon’s event, but soon after the start I was leading the class. I was racing people who’ve been out in these cars all season, and I made two silly mistakes that dropped me down the order, but I’m really pleased how the weekend went.”
Keighley-based Dyer is currently six points off the 2011 Porsche Club Championship lead with just one race meeting remaining, three races on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st. Driving a Porsche 944 S2 in Class Two of the series, with backing from Leeds-based Porsche specialists Strasse, his employers, Dyer has set the class pace all year and knows what he needs to do to claim the title once more.
“We’re going to Silverstone knowing exactly what we have to do,” explains Dyer, “I just have to win the class in all three races and see what happens. There are a lot of points up for grabs and anything can happen in three races.”
Next Rounds: Silverstone Northants. September 30th / October 1st 2011.