Retaining the Lead at Cadwell Park

Rebecca JacksonSaturday 21st september was the date of the penultimate round of the BRSCC Porsche Championship.

Two races at the circuit, which is nicknamed “Mini Nurburgring” in Lincolnshire, enabled me to hold my position at the top of the Championship leader board for the Production Boxsters.

Previous experience at Cadwell Park includes a track day and competing in the Porsche 924 last year. It was the first outing here at the wheel of the Boxster.

It was also the debut outing for the new livery as Cheap Couriers UK made the decision to come on board with Project Le Mans in a bigger way! They are the title sponsors until Christmas 2013, after which we will decide how best to move forwards with them and the plan to compete at Le Mans in 2016. That meant the look of the Boxster transformed into a race car bursting out of a parcel. A wrap designed by Origin Marketing showcased the sponsor’s services on the car. They were extremely happy with the outcome.

After they saw the wrap, it was time to do some racing! Qualifying times put me on pole in class, which is where every racer wants to be. The red lights went out and P2 managed to get a better start. I sat behind him for a lap maintaining the pressure, so he was aware I was ready to pounce! After the start/finish straight of lap 1, I decided to take an opportunity at Turn 1 and negotiate my way past on a clean overtake. In fact the entire racing in Class B’s has been clean, with Julian Brown being my biggest competitor at the start of the season. We had some very close races, keeping me ‘on my toes’ and not once did our cars make contact.

After reclaiming my lead, it was essential that I keep it! I did this and when the chequered flag was waved, I could relax and be happy that another win was under the Rebecca Racer team’s belt.

Race 2 started a lot better without sacrificing my pole position. Other cars were spinning and leaving debris on the track – including an exhaust from a Class C and eventually a Safety Car needing to be released to control our speed whilst they put right the conditions for resuming a safe race again. This did not have an adverse effect on my race and despite the win being in the bag, I shaved 2 seconds a lap off race 1’s time and kept the top 924’s behind me. The 924’s are less powered, however are lighter and fitted with better suspension so are a fairly comparable match for the Production Boxsters.

Cheap Couriers UK stayed until the prize giving at the end and cheered as I stepped onto the podium to collect two glass trophies. More to add to the cabinet!

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