BRSCC Toyo Tires Porsche Championship – 2015 Season Review
11th November 2015
While Adam Croft sealed the 924 Class-C Championship with a round to spare at his namesake track in early September, Ed Hayes waited until the final day to make sure he ended the 2015 season as Boxster champion, amidst strong competition from a number of drivers aiming to pip last year’s runner up to the Championship.
The season started in April at Oulton Park before heading South to Rockingham in May, where three straight victories for Adam Croft in the front-engine 924 built on his 2nd place podium from Oulton to show his early contention in the 924 Class. A double-race win for Adam Southgate placed him well going to the Championship’s third round.
A further win for Adam Croft in the overseas round at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, and two for veteran-Driver Alastair Kirkham showed the 924-Class was not going to be a straight forward contest, with three different drivers sharing victories in the 8 races that had been contested. Richard Avery took his first race win of the season, with a double from Ed Hayes building on his impressive start.
The first of July’s two events, this one at Donington, saw Adam Southgate return to form with a scintillating hat-trick of wins to take his tally to five wins; but two 2nd place finishes from Ed Hayes showed he was by no means out of the fight. A further two wins from Adam Croft saw him pull away from the pack, with Philip Waters becoming the forth 924 Driver to take a race win this season.
The business end of the season brought with it a shake-up in the Boxster Class in the form of returning two-time Boxster Champion Rick Styrin. The Leeds man wasted no time in making his mark on the season with a double race win at Cadwell, a single win at Brands Hatch and a hat-trick of wins at Croft in the three events he contested. Six victories out of a possible nine for the Styrin Motors Chief allowed several drivers to make considerable gains in the Championship race, after a couple of poor events from leader Ed Hayes saw him lose ground at the top.
A further four race wins from Adam Croft culminated in the Harrogate-man clinching the 924 title at Croft, a somewhat fitting touch after a fantastic season, bouncing back from a disappointing 2014 in the Boxsters. David Jones and Niz el-Chamaa became the fifth and sixth different 924 drivers to take race wins when they shared the spoils at Brands. Niz enjoyed the feat so much he helped himself to a well-earned second win at Croft the following round, and a third when he crossed P1 at Silverstone in October.
A double-race win for Richard Avery at the season finals, and a career best P2 for PDA Chief Nick Hull at Silverstone closed out the 2015 season in fitting fashion. Ed Hayes’ consistency over the latter events saw him go one better than last season by taking the Championship, with Richard Avery and team-mate Garry Lawrence a close 2nd and 3rd. Uncontested in Production Class, Michael Goodacre finished every race he started to take the Class B title.
Adam Croft’s victory at Croft still left P’s 2 and 3 there for the taking, with Alastair Kirkham and Karl Rossin taking the final podium spots. Niz el-Chamaa took forth, the same as last season, missing out on third by just a few points.
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