Champion Clark quick to salute team

Lewis Beales A jubilant Jeremy Clark returned home to Norfolk clutching the Porsche Club Championship crown he secured at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium with a double victory.

Lewis Beales

A jubilant Jeremy Clark returned home to Norfolk clutching the Porsche Club Championship crown he secured at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium with a double victory.

"There are no words to describe how good it is to take the championship," said Clark after sealing the highly prestigious title.

"I think the racing all year has been a real high for me and Saturday's race against Sarah Bennett-Baggs and Adrian Stock was superb."

The Attleborough racer headed to the fabulous Grand Prix circuit aiming to complete the year undefeated in the Class 3 category which would ensure he maintained his narrow points advantage over his rivals.

Bennett-Baggs, Clark and Stock each took a turn at leading the opening race, with the local racer making the critical pass on Bennett-Baggs through Blanchimont on the penultimate lap to secure the first part of his goal.

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Sunday's race was held in the pouring rain and started behind the Safety Car to allow the drivers to get use to the very slippery conditions, but it was far from plain sailing for Clark.

"I missed the instruction that it was going to be a rolling start and then the anti-lock braking stopped working" recalled the new champion.

"I got in front of a couple of faster Class Two cars and that gave me a bit of a cushion, but that was the slowest race I have ever driven.

"It was just so slippery. I was tip-toeing everywhere and the car was sliding all over the place, but it was the same for everyone".

Clark was quick to pay tribute to his supporters. "I wouldn't have made Silverstone until Rapid Racking stepped in to help and this weekend we only got here because Pete Morris, and his PMC company, sponsored us and that paid our fuel to get over here."

The prize for winning the series is a one-off drive in the 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup, which supports the British Touring Car Championship throughout the summer months.

The past few weeks have been a nervous time for Clark, who had already used his two dropped scores, after an early season engine blow-up followed by a massive accident at Oulton Park.

"The accident was awful as it is not my car, it is just loaned to me by a mate, Neil Chilleystone, and when I took it back to him after Oulton Park he just walked away as it was such a mess".

"We had eight days to get a new front end on the car before Brands Hatch. Kevin Eason, from EMC, was a life saver and sorted the front of the car for us.

"The pit crew of Andy Lambert and Mike Barnes have worked so hard this year and the championship is a tribute to them all," said a thankful Clark.

The local racer has a couple of offers on the table for next year. "I want to stick with Porsche and I'm hopeful of moving into the faster Class 1 category or race in the Britcar series but as always it depends on me raising some sponsorship."