Round 8 & 9 - Castle Coombe (5th July)


Official Race Notes courtesy of Paul Lawrence

1998 Pirelli Porsche Cup
Date: July 5th 1998

Sargent orders a Porsche double Malcolm Sargent (Leicester) was the dominant force in the sixth round of the 1998 Pirelli Porsche Cup at the Castle Combe circuit in Wiltshire over the weekend of July 4/5th. Sargent’s 928GTS stretched its legs around the high- speed circuit to take a pair of victories while Chris Heeley (Bradford) led the chase in his 944 Turbo. However, the meeting will also be remembered for a huge accident which befell the Carrera 993s of Peter Chambers (Guildford) and Godfrey Jones (Leicester). The fact that both drivers emerged unscathed from a violent accident in the first race at Camp Corner is testimony to the inherent strength of the cars and the safety standards built into them.

Sargent knew that the circuit would suit the 928GTS and set the pace in qualifying with Heeley, Chambers and Jones close behind. However, Sargent drew fourth place in the draw for the top four grid places and then compounded his problems by making a poor start. Chambers grabbed an early lead but Sargent was soon storming back into contention and finally took the lead into Tower on the eighth lap. Heeley soon followed through and was moving up to challenge Sargent when the race was stopped on the 13th lap following the accident. ‘It was great stuff. It wasn’t too difficult but there was a lot happening and Chris is always a threat,’ said a delighted Sargent.

On Sunday, he completed the double despite another slow start, while a mighty drive from Robert Babikan (London) forged his Carrera 2 up to second as turbo problems slowed Heeley. Marcus Fothergill (Leeds) set the pace in class two and bagged a brace of wins in his 944S2 despite constant challenges from the Carreras of Piers Masarati (Pinner) and Paul Doran (Jersey). In class three, racing newcomer Andrew Sweetenham (Milton Keynes) kept his 924S ahead of Adrian Grieves (944) to win the first race but the Durham driver returned to winning form in the second race.