Exciting Porsche Season Closes with Awards Finale‏
The Porsche Club GB brought its 2011 race activities to a fitting close with an awards dinner at the Hilton Puckrup Hall Hotel near Tewkesbury on the evening of Saturday October 22nd. Class and overall winners were honoured for the Porsche Club Speed Championship, the Porsche Club Championship and the Porsche GT3 Cup challenge, with the evening hosted by the Club’s motorsport coordinator Steve Kevlin and awards presented by Chris Clark, Chairman of Porsche Club GB Motorsport, Geoff Turrell, MD and General Manager Marketing and Sales for Porsche GB, and Michael Meredith of Michelin.“This has been a very competitive but also fair and friendly season for all our series,” said Kevlin. “We’ve had a high standard of competition with series being settled right at the end, all our motorsport has been conducted in a great atmosphere, and we’ll be aiming to deliver more of the same in 2012.”Graham Rose clinched the Porsche Club Speed series for the third season in a row and the fourth time overall, Rose now the most successful driver in the history of the series. New for 2011, and unknown to the competitors until the evening, was the Improvers award, given to the driver with the best improvements between practice and competitive times – which went to Don Peach, who shared a Class Four 924 with Justin Mather.The Porsche Club Championship was clinched in the final race of the season by Mark Sumpter, who took the Class One title on his way to the overall crown just beating 2010 champion Chris Dyer. The teams’ title went to Leeds-based Strasse, who prepared cars successful in each class of the series and thus out-scored every other team in points, the award accepted by Strasse co-founder Dave Forrest. The best Improver award, for paces gained in the races compared to qualifying position, appropriately went to Strasse-run Dave Botterill, who just pipped newcomer Karim Moudi.Driver of the Year in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge was Oly Mortimer, the young Scot the pacesetter all year but put under pressure by Graham Mundy in the races late in the season. Fittingly, Mundy took the Improvers award having dominated the final meeting of the year winning two of the three rounds on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.