Strasse are going to need a bigger display cabinet after taking all title honours in the 2019 Porsche Club Championship. The team had already won the Team championship and the class two championship but after a disqualification of what was the current overall champion meant that Ross Morris was promoted to overall champion and Pete Morris to the class one champion.
Four podiums, class two championship and team championship in the bag Team Strasse successfully close out the season at Donington Park.
After a successful outing at Oulton Park last month Team Strasse arrived at Donington already crowned as the 2019 Petro Canada Lubricants Porsche Club Championship Team Champions. But the season was not over with Ross Morris looking to secure the Class two championship, there was also a chance that either Pete Morris or Chris Dyer could take the class one championship although it was a slim chance and could only be taken if the current leader slipped up in the last two races.
It proved to be a challenging weekend at Donington. The doubleheader saw a first-place podium for Pete Morris in the No. 2 PCM Midlands Porsche 997C2S in the first race and a DNF in the second. Chris Dyer in the Millers Oils No. 9 Porsche Cayman S came home in seventh place in race one but just missed out on the podium coming fourth in race 2 after losing out in the battle with team mate Andy Toon who took his first podium of the season taking third in the No 4 EPC Electrolytic Plating Porsche 996 C2.In Class two Ross Morris in the No 3 PCM Midlands Porsche Boxster 987 took second place in both races and securing the class two championship.
It wasn’t long after the dust settled that the Team where informed by the championship organizers that the Clarkes car had failed the power test resulting in disqualifying him from both races, this resulted in promoting Ross Morris to overall championship of the Porsche Club 2019 championship along with his class two championship. It also promoted Pete Morris to class one champion with Chris dyer as runner up.
At the drop of the green flag, Morris was able to advance around Clarke for first place, while Dyer dipped back a position to the eighth place slot with Toon moving up into seventh. Morris continued to push forward ahead and held on to take the win. Toon proved the 996 Porsche would be the one to contend with moving up several positions where he found himself in among the front runners eventually taking the checkered flag in fifth place. Dyer was also looking strong to finish among the top five but unfortunately a rare mistake from dyer resulted in his car spinning off. Dyer managed to re-join the race and started his pursuit to gain places back, but time was against him eventually having to settle for a seventh-place finish.
In Class two ross Morris was able to maintain his composure throughout the race, Morris had to battle hard and was in fourth place for the majority of the race but during the final laps he managed to find a little extra power and determination to not only close the gap on the leaders but find a way past to take second spot securing the class two championship.
Overall championship leader, Clarke just needed to score the points for starting the race to claim the title, so for the Strasse drivers it was about contending for the runners-up title in class one Pete Morris starting from pole was leading with rival Price right with him, Dyer in fifth place and Toon in sixth. Morris and Price managed to pull away a little and it looked like Morris was on course for his second win of the day until Price collided with him hard forcing both drivers to pit with heavy damage. This promoted the rest of the field and left Dyer and his team mate fighting it out for the 3rd place spot with Toon emerging the victor forcing Dyer wide heading into the first corner that also resulted in Dyer spinning out. Toon held on to take third place and take his first podium of the season, Dyer managed to re-join the race immediately and settled for fourth place.
Coleman once again led all the way in class two with Morris extending his lead in the class two points with second place.
Special thanks to Luke Holroyd for photos.
Clean sweep as team Strasse take all the silverware in the Porsche Club Championship.