STYRIN TRE­BLE ROCKS HIS PORSCHE RI­VALS

Richard Styrin’s dom­i­nant start to the sea­son con­tin­ued as he took a hat-trick of Porsche Cham­pi­onship vic­to­ries at Rock­ing­ham, mak­ing it five out of six in 2016.

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Styrin re­mained rel­a­tively un­chal­lenged, fin­ish­ing ahead of James Cole­man in all three races.

It looked set to be a tan­ta­lis­ing race one when Ed Hayes claimed pole, ahead of Cole­man and Styrin, but the mo­ment the lights went out, Styrin slid through the gap be­tween them and never looked back. Hayes re­mained in con­tention for the fi­nal podium place, only los­ing out to An­drew Hack when a rat­tle de­vel­oped into full-blown en­gine fail­ure. Though the 2015 cham­pion made it into race two, it was a case of deja vu, suf­fer­ing from the same fate. By race three, Hayes had jumped into a re­serve car to try to keep Styrin within touch­ing dis­tance, and although he started from the rear of the re­versed grid, he sal­vaged a wor­thy third place, six sec­onds be­hind the even­tual win­ner.

There was bet­ter luck for Linda War­ren in the 924s as she took her maiden vic­tory in race one, fol­low­ing it with a brace of sec­ond places, mak­ing an im­pres­sive state­ment in the class.

With Class C given its own grid due to its in­creas­ing size, it meant there were four races in the Quaife Fi­esta Cham­pi­onship. It was a rou­tine two vic­to­ries for Alas­tair Kel­lett from pole in classes A, B and D, while in Class C it was a day of mixed emo­tions for the Spe­cial­ized Mo­tor­sport team. It looked like a sim­ple 1-2 go­ing the way of Sam Priest in race one, un­til team boss and sec­ond-place man Si­mon Hor­robin was given a 10-sec­ond time penalty for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its, de­mot­ing him to fourth be­hind Nick Sanderson and Kevin Stirling.

Hor­robin made amends in race two, tak­ing the vic­tory af­ter forc­ing Priest wide at Deene. Just as an­other 1-2 looked in their grasp, lady luck thought oth­er­wise, pulling the power from Priest’s car, forc­ing him to re­tire as Myles Baker and Al­fonso Skriczka com­pleted the podium.

Bradley Burns earned his first vic­tory in the Fi­esta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship, on a week­end that saw the ti­tle fight blown wide open. With a sur­pris­ing sec­ond place qual­i­fy­ing re­sult, Burns never looked back as he cruised to a race one vic­tory. It looked to be go­ing his way yet again in race two, un­til a sur­prise at­tack from Harry Good­ing out of Pif-paf and onto the Steel Straight caught Burns off-guard. He lost an­other place to Jam Sport’s Cal­lum Hawkins-rowe, and was forced to set­tle for third.

The vast BMW Com­pact Cup grid was, as usual, split into three groups, each rac­ing twice. Sa­muel Car­ring­ton Yates, took vic­tory in the A and B race from pole, ahead of Bri­tish GT cham­pion James Gor­nall. Gor­nall then made it a first and sec­ond for the week­end, win­ning the A and C race, with Jim Benson storm­ing to vic­tory in the B and C event ahead of Joe Wig­gin and Steven Dailly. Miss­ing from the top end of the grid was points leader Richard Miles, hav­ing to set­tle for ninth and 10th af­ter his qual­i­fy­ing times were ex­cluded due to a fuel pres­sure reg­u­la­tion breach.

Nick Porter took two vic­to­ries in the Mk2 GTI Cham­pi­onship, both times fin­ish­ing ahead of Chris Webb and Peter Milne, while the Mk5 GTI Series, tak­ing to the track for the first time in 2016, war­ranted two win­ners: Andy Baylie and for­mer Mk2 star Josh John­son.

Styrin was unstoppable at Rock­ing­ham,win­ning all three races from Cole­man (00)

Com­pact Cup at­tracted an­other large en­try that re­quired grids to be split

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