After the last race at Brands Hatch GP circuit, we then found ourselves there once again, this time on the Indy circuit. Round Three of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019 took place with just the Restoracing cars in the grid as the Class 1 and 2’s had their own races.
Our car was specially prepared for this round following a weight increase of 60kg imposed by club regulations. This raised concerns that the rest of the pack would be nipping at our heels, but this would only make for more interesting racing.
Saturday morning was dark and drizzly, making tyre choice a difficult decision, but Ben was confident on the dry tyres we chose. Ben lead the timings in qualifying to gain pole position for both races. Due to our extra weight, the split to the other teams was only 0.5 seconds.
The first race saw the Restoracers line up in fully dry conditions thanks to the improving weather. At the green light Ben got in and out of the first corner in front of the pack, then led until two safety car deployments stopped the race. Ben closed up the pack on the first restart and then did the opposite on the second, meaning he won just 0.762 seconds ahead of his main rival Will Heslop in the Wolverhampton car.
Race 2 was much the same, with Ben leading into the first corner, but with the other Hippy Livery car, driven by Matt Bird, close behind for the whole race. Will in the Pink Pig suffered some front end damage whilst overtaking another car, which left fluids on the track at Paddock Hill. When Ben and Matt came into the corner, both cars went wide. Matt rubbed Ben into the gravel, which cost him dearly. He rejoined in third position and pushed on to take second place, but Matt had such pace that Ben could not gain another win.
Despite our winning streak coming to an end, we achieved a good haul of points. We will remove the gravel, repair the light damage and be ready for the next round at Snetterton on Saturday 27 July.
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