Winning streak over - but Clark remains confident
Lewis BealesJeremy Clark's long winning run in the Porsche Club Championship may have come to an end but he still believes he is the fastest racer in the series. The double Porsche Club champion, from Attleborough, had his 31 race winning streak ended recently at Brands Hatch - but only after two titanic battles.Lewis Beales
Jeremy Clark's long winning run in the Porsche Club Championship may have come to an end but he still believes he is the fastest racer in the series.
The double Porsche Club champion, from Attleborough, had his 31 race winning streak ended recently at Brands Hatch - but only after two titanic battles.
"I guess it was inevitable as we have moved into Class 1 this year and are racing against four ex-Porsche champions," explained Clark.
Clark first claimed the prestigious title driving Neil Chilleystone's 944 S2 in Class 3 in 2008 and then went on to dominate Class 2 last year in County Classics Racing's more powerful 944 S2, before moving into the top Class 1 for this year.
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The local racer will again contest the series, this time in a County Classics Racing prepared 968, with the aim of winning the division and if possible retain his overall title for a second year in a row.
Despite only sitting in the new car for the first time the day before, Clark startled his rivals with two pole positions, lapping the Brands Hatch "Indy" circuit a full half a second quicker than his closest rival, ex-champion Mark McAleer.
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Starting the front engined 968 proved a problem in the first race as Clark's rivals have rear engined 911 models and they made better use of their greater traction to demote him to sixth place by the first corner.
Fighting back through the field, the Norfolk racer quickly deposed of Miles Maserati and former champion Mark Sumpter before coming across the Marcus Carniel, who was making his car very wide in his defence of his position.
"For lap after lap I tried all I could to pass but was frustrated by the characteristics of the Porsche Carrera 911 that was slow into the bends but had formidable traction out of the corners," explained Clark, who finished up in a frustrated third place.
Meanwhile, Mark McAleer took a comfortable victory, marking the end of the local racer's impressive record of 31 straight class wins in the Porsche Club Motorsport series.
Clark's second start proved no better but he quickly reasserted himself and after many attempts finally managed to pass Carniel in a spectacular move at Paddock Hill Bend to snatch third place.
The local racer quickly caught Sumpter and the pair duelled for many laps before Clark could squeeze by, after body contact, but with the race shortened by five minutes winner McAleer proved to be just out of reach.
"It's great to be racing against such tough competition, it certainly entertained the crowd. It's a pity about the body damage but I guess we have to expect that with such close racing," said Clark.
"I'm currently funding all of the racing myself but am on a sponsor search so that we can compete in the remainder of this year's races.
"Judging by our competitiveness this weekend we could have a serious challenge for the championship depending on finances."
Interested parties are invited to contact Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org