On the weekend of 1 and 2 September, Porsche Centre Glasgow took part in the final round of the Petro-Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship with Pirelli at Brands Hatch. We were racing our 2001 model year 986 Boxster S 3.2l. The team consisted of Derek Stewart our driver, Iain Esdale, team leader, Allan Robertson, team facilitator and Andy Lyon, Keith Alexander, Stuart Gemmel and Shaun Coyle acted as our pit crew. We also had the expertise of Steve Burnett of Burnett Motorsport.
The team headed down to Brands Hatch on Friday 31 August with our race car, so that we were ready to go on Saturday morning. Derek spent the first half of Saturday practicing, but unfortunately the exhaust silencer gave out, causing the rear bumper to overhead and melt, which also meant a loss in performance due to the exhaust leak. The car was brought back in to the pits where Allan managed to source a local engineering company who were able to repair the exhaust for us. The team then got back to refitting the bumper and making sure the car was ready to go for qualifying on Sunday morning.
Derek attended the drivers briefing early on Sunday and the car passed. Derek eased the car through qualifying carefully with the new exhaust and qualified at the back of grid to secure a place in race one with a lap time of 1.00 minute. We were off to a great start.
Once race one was underway Derek made up four places finishing 10th overall with a best time of 58.1 seconds which was 1.6 seconds behind Richard Attwood and only 3.2 sec behind the day’s best Ben Mcloughlin.
We finished race two with a reasonable result, finishing in 11th place, with similar lap times to race one and we brought the car home in one piece.
Well done to Derek and the rest of the team for the amazing job they done throughout the race and everything they done leading up to it in preparation, you’ve made the rest of the team at Porsche Centre Glasgow extremely proud.