A FUEL PROTECT WINNER FOR PORSCHE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP, BRANDS HATCH
- Insurance package Fuel Protect sponsors cars and hospitality for Porsche Championship
- Fuel Protect driver Jonathan Evans takes Race Two and Class Winner
- Televised internationally on Motors TV
Round Seven and Eight of the Fuel Protect Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli celebrated the 200th Porsche Club Championship race at Brands Hatch. Jonathan Evans had his own celebration after race two, with an exciting win in the Fuel Protect-livered Boxster. He also got second place in race one and fastest lap in race two.
As in previous rounds, Fuel Protect-branded Porsche 996 C2s, Boxster and Cayman Ss were fielded on the full Brands Hatch GP circuit.
Insurance package Fuel Protect, whose logo adorns the racing Porsches throughout the Championship, provides cover against the risk of mis-fuelling incidents, for just under £20 a year: its involvement with the race series is the result of long-standing support of race-prepared Porsches and Porsche track days by Auto Fuel Fix, the UK’s largest independent roadside specialist recovery services, which attends, among others, the mis-fuelling incidents covered by Fuel Protect insurance.
“It was a great day out for us and our guests,” said Auto Fuel Fix MD Bruce Compton, who presided over hospitality on behalf of both Auto Fuel Fix and Fuel Protect. “Our own Jonathan Evans provided much of the thrill, as he came from near the back of the grid to win race two.”
Championship leader Pete Morris’s Strasse 996 C2 took pole in the qualifying session; Steve Cheetham was in the lead for much of it but eventually gave in to Tim Speed and his 968 CS.
Duckman went into Paddock Hill Bend side-by-side with Morris, and led the field into Druids corner; Morris, in turn, pulled clear of the fight for third which saw Wilkins under pressure from McAleer.
Duckman and Morris traded fastest laps at the front, but despite his best efforts, the latter had to settle for second.
Wilkins was a safe third, McAleer slowing a lap before the end with his gearbox stuck into first gear. Behind, Winter was a solitary fourth as Harrison just headed Johnson over the line to take fifth.
Early on in Class Two Cheetham had Speed and Evans right with him, but he eased away in the first laps, only for Speed to close back in by lap seven. Just as it looked like a lead battle was on the cards, Cheetham managed to create a gap, and was comfortably clear when he took the deserved win.
Wilkins and Morris were on the front row for race two and both got good starts, Wilkins holding Morris on the outside through Paddock Hill Bend to take the lead.
A brave move round the outside at Hawthorns corner on the Grand Prix loop saw Duckman pass Johnson and start to close in on Morris. With him by lap seven, and the pair just a second behind Wilkins, a move into Druids a lap later saw Duckman’s Boxster into second.
The top three were nose-to-tail in the final laps; Wilkins had enough advantage and led Duckman and Morris across the line. Johnson was fourth ahead of Harrison and Dyer.
Speed was the early Class Two leader, initially with Jake McAleer and Cheetham in pursuit but, by half distance, it was Evans who worked his way through to second, and eased into the lead with two laps to go to take the class win.
“That was a great battle with Tim Speed,” said Evans; “he pushes that 968 to unbelievable limits and I was just trying to stay right with him, managed to get past him and open a gap at the end.”
During Fuel Protect Porsche Club Championship at Silverstone, in June, Evans got two wins and was also Driver of The Race.