Sunday, 7 October 2012

Silverstone 22nd September

Race Three

Marcus and Ben were 4th and 5th on the starting grid for race three giving us a great start but also due to various mechanical difficulties both of the 993’s had to drop out of this last race leaving few top contenders, so the race was most definitely on and wide open. The Hartech drivers were a little close for comfort in this last race - nothing could affect their championship positions so there were no team orders but coming in to contact round Club corner on the first lap and being locked together, not knowing if they would be able to separate themselves, wasn’t the ideal way to start.  
They did thankfully manage to wrench themselves apart though and then had to set off after all the cars that’d mugged them of places as they were falling over each other. It certainly made the race an interesting one for Marcus and Ben as they fought their way through. It did get a bit close for comfort again though round Stowe corner on the last lap and Marcus nearly threw it all away going a little wide at Brooklands into Luffield but with 200 yards left to go he managed to get it all together, stay ahead and take 3rd place making it a podium finish at last!
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Silverstone 22nd September

Race Two
Race two looked promising right from the starting grid with Marcus on the second row and Ben on the 3rd. Marcus passed Proctor on the first lap and managed to defend against Ben, who had been eagerly trying to pass right from the start. Marcus unfortunately was passed by both Proctor and Ben on lap 2, out of Copse and down the Hangar straight respectively.  Proctor continued to do well passing Richard Ellis on lap 4 putting him in 3rd place.   Ellis later suffered an engine problem leading to him dropping from 4th to 6th place but this meant both Marcus and Ben had a chance to get good finishing positions.   Having deliberately held station behind Ben for a few laps, in the hope of them both hunting Proctor down (rather than both losing ground battling each other), Marcus decided to make the most of his better pace on lap 8 when he passed Ben at Club corner. 
 He then went on to pull a gap of over 2 seconds and was chasing Proctor down but there wasn’t enough time left to catch him before the chequered flag, meaning he missed out on the final podium place.  Hartech were pleased with finishing 4th and 5th though, a great team result. 

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Silverstone 21st September

Race One

Marcus got a good but not great start into race 1. His grid place unfortunately put him close to the wall meaning he was on a damper piece of track so it was harder for him to find grip to launch him into the race. He initially gained a place off John McCullagh and managed to hold off his opposition until Copse corner but Mark Proctor had taken the advantage of the pit straight, built up some good speed and took Marcus from the outside. The race between Marcus and Proctor was on again! Proctor was then left chasing Ben trying to pass at every opportunity with the pair touching as they were exiting Village corner but Ben showed some excellent defending skills and was able to hold him off. Marcus was then able to get past Proctor again on Village corner (lap 4) and defended this place for another two laps until Proctor made a move on Woodcote. Ben was lined up for 4th place but coming down from Luffield corner on the last lap him and Proctor were neck and neck but Proctor just pulled past on the very last 2 seconds. Team Hartech finished 5th and 6th - not a bad result for the first race of the weekend.

Our championship co-ordinator has finally admitted that in the 2012 regulations they didn't get the balance right across the model types in the class (which is done by specifying a minimum weight to go with the standard horsepower), leaving the 993's with a small advantage and the 996's with a significant one (but all 911's have a torque advantage over the Boxster S's). So, the first race the results of 2 996's followed by 2 993's followed by our 2 Boxster S's were no real surprise.

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