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Porsche at Prescott and Midland Championship


Weekend success for Porsche and Midlands HCC at Prescott …

The howl of flat-six engines greeted the large number of spectators who attended a Porsche at Prescott event, staged over the weekend at Prescott Hill Climb, near Cheltenham.

Hosted by the Bugatti Owners’ Club the special venue attracted an entry of over 40 Porsche cars, ranging from early 911 models, through 944, Cayman and Boxsters, to the very latest high-tech GT3 RS versions.

Porsche enthusiast Paul Howells, from Coleford won a class in his 911 RSR and also provided two other classics from his collection, forming part of a static display in the paddock which also included the Stefan Bellof/Derek Bell Porsche 956 Le Mans car.

Other Porsche Club GB class winners were David Dyson in a GT3 and Graham Loakes in in his Lola Porsche on Saturday, with Tim Barber joining the honours in his 996 GT3 on Sunday.

The ever popular BOC Newbarn Landrover Championship for ‘B’ licence holders saw a win for David Rose in a Lotus Elan, followed by Jamie Stevens in an MG ZR, Nigel Ryan in a Porsche 924S and Andrew Wilcox in a Caterham 7. 

Other class winners on Saturday were David West in a Peugeot 106, Paul Harris in a Mitsubishi Evo, Ben Woodcock in a Westfield, Paul Jones in a Lotus Exige, Stephen Moore in a Mitsubishi Evo, Simon Jenks in a Caterham S3 and Stuart Bickley in a Radical SR1.

Nick Stephens won the classic class in a Ginetta G4 and winners in the racing car classes were Clive Austin, Charlie Reilly, Tim Elmer and Bernard Kevill, with young Matthew Ryder getting Best Time of Day in his Empire Evo, saying: “I won this same event last year, so I am really pleased to repeat the success and thanks go to the organisers here and of course to my co-driver mum Caroline and to dad for his support, dedication and mechanical skills to keep us both on track.“

Sunday saw the arrival of drivers in the highly competitive Midland Hill Climb Championship, with record-breaking driver Robert Kenrick maintaining his overall lead in his GWR Raptor, even after dropping a few points on his second run, with second and third placed drivers Tony Adams and Ash Mason still separated by only one point at the end of the day.

Robert, commented: “With two thirds of the season now completed I am in a very good position but still need a couple more wins to clinch the title after the July break, so full concentration, reliablility and total commitment will still be needed!”

The awards presentations provided a total surprise for long-time Porsche driving duo Laura Wardle and Jonathan Williamson who have competed in the same 911 Porsche for 35 years. To mark the occasion regular commentator and raconteur Eddie Walder had commissioned a pair of very special cakes in the shape of their Porsche, complete with the correct registration plate and crafted by Cheryl Warner, which were presented to the pair by Eddie himself and Prescott general manager Chris Rogers.

Laura Wardle, said: “This was a really beautiful surprise and I’m not sure if we will dare to cut up these magnificent cakes, but thanks must go to Jonathan for letting me share his fantastic car over all these years and to our great friend Crispin Manners of Newton Poppleford, who originally built the car, arranged sponsorship and has supported and encouraged us ever since.

Tony Adams