- Race Sponsor: Highgate House
- Race Event: Porsche SportsCup (PRCF) Race 5 and 6
- Race Location: Kemora Circuit
- Date of Event: Saturday 12th of July 2014
- Weather Race 1: Sunny and +21°C
- Weather Race 2: Sunny and +26°C
- Results Race 1: 4th Overall & 2nd in Class
- Results Race 2: 4th Overall & 2nd in Class
Fast driver vs Fast car!
On Saturday 12th of July I participated in race 5 and 6 in the Porsche SportsCup here in Finland with team CoolCava Racing.
This was my first time to Kemora racing circuit, which is, as it turns out, quite a fun and fast circuit to drive.
It has two quite fast sections linked with a right hand bend, which I am told can be taken at quite high speed. Then there are some interesting turns that separate the fast drivers from the fast cars, and can make for some nice racing, as I quickly discovered.
My participation in the race event at Kemora was funded by my sponsor Highgate House, for which I am extremely grateful. Highgate House has been one of my longest running sponsors, who have been with me from the start.
Highgate House have several years experience in producing the highest quality automotive decals for both worldwide and the UK domestic markets, and have supplied all the vinyl and livery for my racing car to date.
Their products are produced entirely in house from artwork through manufacture, and ultimately to worldwide dispatch. Highgate House use only the highest quality materials, and products are checked frequently throughout the entire production process.
Kemora racing circuit is located approximately 450km north from Helsinki, which is a good 5 hour drive. The team set off from Helsinki on Friday morning giving enough time to get to the circuit and set-up camp before having a relaxing evening and a quick test run of the car.
Saturday morning started hot (by 8:30 we already had +20) and the temperature just increased through the day. Nice to finally get some summer weather here in Finland, so I can not complain, but it did get HOT inside the black Porsche Boxster RSR racing car!
After going through a last quick check on the car, I hit the racing circuit for some practice runs. Pushing it a bit more for each lap as I got more confidant in the circuit and car set-up. In hindsight we should have made some changes to the suspension and rear wing for this circuit, but we will document that for the next time we compete at Kemora.
My best lap time during the morning practice was 1:25.656 which was way to slow compared to other drivers in my class. Based on the published times from the first practice session I had to reduce my lap times by 4 seconds to have any chance. So armed with the Racelogic data acquisition system installed in the Boxster and a laptop, we started to analyse my driving and the car.
After another two sessions out on the circuit and a good amount of data analysis we lined up for the qualification run… All that data crunching and analysis paid off, as I recorded a fastest lap during qualification of 1:21.177 putting me 4th on the starting grid for race start 5 in the Porsche SportsCup – not a bad result!
Both race 5 and 6 had some good action, and I will publish the in-car video from both on YouTube within the next couple of weeks. I took overall 4th and 2nd in class for both race 5 and 6. 1st in class would have been nice, but I am happy with the results and look forward to the next race event which will be the big Porsche Club Festival at Alastaro on 23rd and 24th of August.
I would like to thank all my sponsors for the 2014 season support so far, and Highgate House again for covering the fee for race start 5 and 6.