The Great 924 Race, 25 years of Porsche 924 racing celebrated at Donington Park

An autumnal Donington park was the setting for the The Club Autosport Great 924 Race. Run as a guest race on the 750 Motor Club programme, the race organised by the Porsche Drivers Association commemorated 25 years since the first Porsche Racing Drivers Championship which began as a 924 series only. The not for profit race raised a whopping £1100 for the Porsche Drivers Association charity “Doing It For Dawn”. On hand but not racing was the amazing Porsche GB 924 Championship winning car that had been raced by Gordon Ramsay Racing but now belongs to classic Porsche specialist Andy Prill.

Current Porsche Championship 924 class leader Pip Hammond had to sit out the weekend due to his car not being ready after being damaged at the Rockingham round but Hammond was on hand to commentate on the races and told us his car had to be ready for the Championship finale at Brands Hatch. Hammond has had an amazing season and sits more than 50 points over second place sitter Gavin Johnson.

Two sprint races were held with a grid of eighteen cars including entries by several past champions including Linda Warren, Alistair Kirkham and Steve Potts.

Race one saw plenty of action, Richard Styrin lead from the front throughout, setting a new lap record in the process, while Jamie Calendar had to retire after just one lap with an engine misfire. Stephen Potts and Alistair Kirkham both sustained damage after contact on the fifth lap but both carried on regardless until Potts dropped out in lap 10 and Kirkham had to retire in the closing stages.

Andy Pritchard, chairman of the 924 Owners Club span at Redgate dropping three places and handing the advantage to Chris Valentine. Final top three places went to Jayson Flegg in third, Ryan Lowry second and of course Richard Styrin in first place.

Styrin again was on form for race two with an impressive sprint from the back of the pack to front in less than a lap in a wet race two, which was run as a reverse grid. Sadly Linda Warren and Chris Valentine had to sit the race out, both cars having technical problems. Pole sitter Philip Waters fell victim to the damp conditions spinning off into the gravel and losing 15 places, however he went on to take back seven finally finishing in 8th place.

The weather saw a few spins and lap times dropped but it was another great outing for the  Championship. It also saw another third place for Jayson Flegg, with Geoff Hanson in second and Richard Styrin finishing his weekend off in style with another win.

The final round of 2017 takes place at Brands Hatch on October 21st-22nd.

Allison Remzi                        Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick