All to Play for in Porsche Triple-Header

Three rounds of the Baylis & Harding Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli should provide plenty of exciting racing at Silverstone this weekend, June 21st and 22nd, the field not only competing for valuable championship points but also for the coveted Bill Taylor Memorial Trophy, awarded annually on a handicap basis. The fight at the front of the field has been close this season, with three different outright winners in four races to date, and with the action taking place on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit a win this weekend would have extra significance.Hartech’s Tom Bradshaw has taken two of those wins in his 996 C2, but two non-finishes have dented his points hopes, one win and consistent finishing from Pete Morris seeing him head the title chase with his Strasse-tended 996. Second in the points is Paragon’s Mark Sumpter, the team relishing taking on the newer cars with their 1980s-vintage 964 C2s. Sumpter took a win in the second of the two Croft rounds last month, and won from the back of the field at this meeting last year in a wet race.Reigning champion John McCullagh is third in the points, getting to grips with the Boxster used to such good effect by Bradshaw last year, but he went well in Class Two at Silverstone last year and will be out to chase his first outright win. Other to watch for in Class One include the fast-starting Adrian Slater, Paragon team-mate to Sumpter, the consistent Kevin Harrison, and former champion Mark McAleer.The Class Two points chase is equally close, Stuart Ings looking well in control until a non-finish at Croft saw him lose ground, Andy Toon capitalising to take that race win and head the points. Paul Seagrave and Mark Koeberle are neck-and-neck for third in their 968s, while Jake McAleer, making his race debut this season, is not far behind.In Class Three this weekend the 1970s 2.7L 911 of Jonathan Williams should be setting the pace, and possibly even getting amongst the Class Two runners, while Jakob Ebrey makes his Porsche Club Championship debut.Qualifying is at 09.00 on Saturday morning, with the first of the three 25-mimute races at 12.20 and the second at 17.30 later that day. The final race, and the one that will see the destination of the Bill Taylor Memorial trophy decided, is at 10.20 on Sunday morning.


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