Porsche heat up the Island with first 2021 event

Monday 18 January, 2021
Photos: Ron Widdison
The Porsche Club Of Victoria has held its first event for the year with around 95 competitors from around the state competing in the sprint.
 
Taking place at the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, there were 20 sessions held throughout the day as entrants spread across 15 different classes either battled it out for fastest lap bragging rights, or just enjoying the scenic drive.
 
While a number of competitors put in healthy times across the day, there were two standout drivers in the running for outright honours with less than two tenths separating them.
 

Ultimately taking out the victory was Stefan Wojciechowski after steering his GT3 RS to an event winning lap time of 1:37.4938 during the 15th session of the day.

It was a late charge by Wojciechowski who surpassed 991 GT2 RS pilot Michael Bailey for the win, after the latter had posted his fastest time of 1:37.5729 in only the third session of the day.
 
Both drivers were the only ones to post a sub 1:39, with the next fastest driver in the field being more than one and half seconds slower than the duo. Behind the wheel of the 997 Cup Car, Sam Markov convincingly grabbed third place with his fastest time of 1:39.2310.
 

In fourth place was another 997 GT3 Cup car driver in Alan Rosedie Din who came extremely close to breaking the 1:40 barrier, only to miss out by just seven hundredths, while Andrew Hall held off Rodney Gordon by eight tenths in his 996 Cup Car to grab the final spot of the podium with a time of 1:42:2165.

Club President Tony Carolan was really pleased with how the event panned out, and paid tribute to the participants and officials.    

“The event went really well. The real basic thing was that people were just so pleased to be out and have the opportunity to run cars again,” Carolan said.
 
“Even if they had to do adhere social distancing protocols and follow COVID checkers, people did what they had to do and played their role which was good. So everyone really enjoyed the day.
 
“We are lucky to have our own officials and marshals, so we managed to get a big turnout of people wanting to do marshalling. There were quite a few new people too and because we had a number of more experienced officials, it meant the new ones could get coached – albeit it at a safe distance.
 
“There was also plenty of good competition in a number of the classes, but that top one for the outright victory really stimulated a lot of interest – especially Michael Bailey, whose car is just such an astounding vehicle. It was really nice seeing a car like that.”
 
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