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Shock result at Porsche Club Brands Hatch last Weekend


20 May 2009
Well it was a bit of a shock to us anyway and I could not resist posting the result (especially in view of our recent discussions on the subject of our releative inexperience building and developing racing cars) - sorry - we have worked so hard for so long I cannot keep it to myself (and no one else has posted it).

Hartech Team with Tom Bradshaw managed 2 * Pole positions, 2 * Wins and 2 * Fastest Laps (and I don't think you can do better than that).

What was also pleasing is the great results from Stuart Ings (2nd and 5th in class), Marcus Carniel, 2 * 5ths, and Gary Marsh gaining valuable points while helping us develop the 996 (made some good progress this weekend but need to change a few things back at base before the next race at Donington June 1st).

That lifted our 4 car team to the top of the "Team Award" table and Tom is now second in the Championship (class1) by one point.

Great close racing - different models competing together and a full grid - well worth supporting.

However Brands was the ideal circuit for the Boxster and we only managed 2nd at Donington last time out - so a great race is anticipated!

Well done to the drivers and all our hard working team of technicians as well!

bazhart said:
Hartech Team with Tom Bradshaw managed 2 * Pole positions, 2 * Wins and 2 * Fastest Laps (and I don't think you can do better than that).

Great result. We used to call that , "The Gentlemans Set" when I was racing :D
Yes it is - we do not cover bodywork here at Hartech and so to keep our racing cars in top condition always involved subcontractors - but Tom works with his Dad (and former racer) for their award winning Porsche repair specialist business (Road and Race Restorations) - so that solved one of our logistic problems.

The fact that they are also a Bolton based business also helped - but basically Tom's ability is the crucial component to demonstrate how far we have come since building our first racing car just over one year ago now. Attracting a top driver and the other factors to put together a good team is really complicated. It usually takes years of plodding to get there. But we have been very lucky with the people that have helped us along the way. Paul Follet and Ben Demetrio were brilliant when we were really green and Marcus and Ben were fantastic last season as we tried to learn how to get our Boxsters to work.

But usuallu top drivers are reluctant to drive for unknown teams with no sucessful history (for obvious reasons) but because they are so essential to the overall result - it can take years for new teams to gradually attract people who can win. It's a vicious circle - you cannot attract the top drivers until you win and you cannot win without top drivers - getting out of that loop is a bit of a lottery - but in our Team we are very lucky to have the support of exceptional drivers, good logistics now and they all fit in with our team ethics and personality - making a very happy team performance all round.

But winning is something everyone wants to do and lots of competitors are trying to emulate - so nothing is taken for granted and it is now back to the grind until the next race.

Great results Bazza :thumbs: Apologies for my ignorance, but which cars were you racing and what types? 996 GT3s, 997 GT3s etc?

~ Maxie
It will be easier to look at the Porsche Club GB motorsport web site and download the regulations but the series is for a mixture of models regulated by power to weight and we raced Boxsters and a 996.


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