MOTORSPORT: Driving for the Parr Business Partner Club, Chris Dymond made a strong return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton last weekend, writes James Beckett.
The local racer was forced to miss the second Porsche Carrera Cup meeting of the season at Donington Park due to an ear infection, but Dymond was allowed to return to the track last weekend and immediately made his mark by setting the fourth fastest time in qualifying.
Conditions at the start of the race were really difficult due to the high wind and torrential rain, so organisers instructed the field to begin the race behind the safety car.
Once racing started Dymond found himself in the thick of the action but damage to the front splitter of his car lost him ground. As the race moved into its final stages torrential rain swept across the fast airfield track near Andover making driving even harder.
He said: “I came through the first corner and the car kicked out. Because it was so wet I couldn’t really tell if it was a puncture from all the debris or the standing water causing aquaplaning so I kept on the throttle and as I came out the complex everything was fine but as I turned into the left hander at Noble the car kicked again – it happened so fast it had to have been standing water.
“Before I knew it I was on the grass but luckily I gathered it up and rejoined but I had lost two more positions.”
Dymond recovered to cross the line in seventh position.
The sky cleared and the track began to dry for the sixth round of the series later in the afternoon.
Dymond opted to start on slick tyres and made good use of his option, again running in the leading pack although as the race progressed heavy rain began to fall once again.
At the fall of the chequered flag Dymond was in ninth position, a pleasing top 10 finish to close out his return to the Porsche series.
“I thought the first race was hard work, but that was unreal!
“This circuit and the rain made driving my car a challenge to say the least!“
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB will continue at Oulton Park during early June.