On Saturday 5 May the first round of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition was held.
Our team, consisting of Will Heslop (Driver), Andy Hulme (Warranty and Quality Control) and Ben Humphries (Porsche-trained Technician), travelled down to Brands Hatch early on Friday morning to road test our 996 Boxster and to give Will an opportunity to get to know the track.
Centre Principal Simon Priest joined the team the afternoon and commented, ‘I have been asked on numerous occasions why we chose the Pink Pig race livery. We originally wanted to use the 1970 917 ‘Hippie’ Le Mans style but we were beaten to that choice by another Centre!’. Simon says that they chose the legendary colours of the 1971, 917 ‘Pink Pig’ Le Mans car, a race livery designed by Anatole Lapine to look like a German butcher’s cuts of meat, so they would stand out on the grid.
Competing against 12 other restored Boxsters, our ‘Pink Pig’ qualified in third place. Will took second place in the first race, but it was then announced that the driver of the first placed car was a professional driver and, as the rules state that drivers must be novices, Will was in fact the winner.
Will also went on to win the title of ‘fastest man on the track’ in his class by achieving a top speed of 115.89mph. Unfortunately, due to a burst power steering pipe, Will had to retire during the second race.
The Boxster has spent the last few days in the workshop being prepared for the next race, which will be held at Silverstone on 2 June 2018.