In the lead up to our first race at PDC's home track of Cadwell Park, the decision was made to obtain a 3rd car and allow Wood to make his Porsche racing debut in a 924. Having just acquired the 6 licence signatures to remove his "novice cross", Jason certainly does not count as an experienced hand just yet but relished the chance to add an extra visit to his home circuit in his first full season of racing.
We had all been looking forward to racing at Cadwell although it wasn't a sentiment shared by the rest of the grid, with some drivers electing to skip the "mini-Nurburgring" despite the driving challenge it represents. Nevertheless we wanted to put on a show for our guests and enjoy a strong weekend racing. We were also shadowed by the "Ultimate Porsche Magazine" team who were in attendance to write a multi-page feature about the team! You can find details on that here.
Whilst all three of our drivers have experience of Cadwell Park, none had driven there in a Porsche before (Jason had never driven the car before removing it from the trailer!). With 20 minutes to learn, it was a big ask but at the end of qualifying, Pip was on pole, with Gavin 4th and Jason 6th.
Race 1 began with the threat of rain, and the 924's moved away in qualifying order. Lowery gave chase to Pip early and the pair dived past one of the Race-spec Boxster's on the first lap. Despite a big early push, Lowery's challenge faded and he settled for second. Gavin's race took a frustrating turn, as 3rd place Pete Smith also evetunally cleared the Boxster, trapping him in 4th for much of the race. Behind, Jason continued to push on despite the steep learning curve and was rewarded by sneaking past Andrew Pritchard at the hairpin and pulling away to finish 5th. There was a mid-race scare for all drivers after a brief shower made the track slippery for a few laps, but by then most of the fighting was over and Pip crossed the line first to score his 4th win in a row and moving into the championship lead.
With a day to go before race 2, the team spent the evening preparing the cars for the next day and talking about how to improve performance. We noticed that all cars had needed longer than normal for tyre pressures to come up and so started them higher for the second race.
Race 2 began in the finishing order of race 1, and stayed largely the same off the line except Jason slipped behind Pritchard. He didn't give up though and pressed on, recatching the white 924 on the back straight and executing a brave outbraking move at the sharp Park corner. Buoyed by this success, Jason pushed on but undid his good work 4 corners later - overcommiting slightly at the Mountain corner and spinning into the grass! He kept the engine going and recovered, but was too far behind to catch back and would come home 6th. Gavin was determined to get back on the podium after such a successful weekend at Silverstone, and chased down Smith's black 924 - eventually passing and going on to set the second fastest lap. Unfortunately he was unable to catch the impressive Lowery, who has put his early-season woes behind him and looks to have become a big threat to PDC Racing's future successes. But there was no catching Pip in either race and he took his 5th-straight win and 3rd straight lap record to put him to the top of the championship standings for the first time this season. Gavin places second, and Jason's strong debut puts him 11th in the points despite only starting two races!
Thankyou to everyone that supported the team at this race.