Donington "See Red"
September 15th - September 17th 2007
PORSCHE GAIN THE UPPER HAND OVER JAGUAR, AS GROUP C GTP LANDS AT DONINGTON
The Group C GTP racers put on a magnificent show in the Donington Park sunshine at the weekend, with Porsche beating Jaguar in the battle of the big names.
Mark Sumpter showed commanding form, leading all but four laps of the two races in his Porsche 962C.
Second in both races was American Brian de Vries, turning in a magnificent showing in his Intrepid. Third place in race one was taken by the Nick Rini in his Jaguar XJR12D, while David Mercer in his Spice SE90C DFR scooped third in race two.
Justin Law in his Jaguar XJR12 had a short weekend, leading the first four laps of race one before retiring with his engine smoking away. The engine issues proved too major to allow an appearance in race two.
Fredy Kumschick also had a short race meeting in his Spice SE Chevrolet, with his car catching fire after just three laps and suffering major bodywork damage.
Sumpter said: “It’s great to get back to winning ways again. It wasn’t as easy as it looked. It’s very easy to lose a lot of time lapping the back markers, so I had to keep pushing.”
De Vries said: “I’m happy with this result, the car was great. It’s the sort of racing I love to do.”
The Nissan challenge to Porsche and Jaguar faded late on, when Nick Randall’s R90K suffered an ECU failure towards the end of race one. This made him a non-starter for race two.
One of the highlights of the weekend for Group C devotees was the entry of the Mustang Probe of Kent Abrahamsson.
The 700bhp car in its blue-and-white 7-eleven livery failed to get away with the rest of the field at race one, but recovered to eventually finish ninth in race one, and 13th in race two.
The two Group C GTP races were part of an exciting line up of classic racing machinery for the VSCC’s showcase event.
This is the 25th anniversary season of Group C, and the cars are proving to be a major draw more than two decades after they first raced. The public has been drawn to seeing the classic Porsche-Jaguar confrontation, replayed to a whole new generation of race fans.
The last round of the Group C GTP series takes place at the magnificent Spa circuit in Belgium on 12-14 October.
Mark Sumpter said: “It’s going to be a challenge for these cars, as the new Bus Stop chicane is very tight. But it should be fun.”
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VERN SCHUPPAN REUNITED WITH ROTHMANS PORSCHE AT GROUP C GTP EVENT AT DONINGTON
Le Mans legend and former F1 pilot Vern Schuppan made a surprise, but very welcome, return to Group C racing at Donington Park at the weekend when he treated competition winners to high speed laps around the challenging circuit.
To fans of the classic 24 hour race, Schuppan needs no introduction. He has competed in the event 16 times and won the event at the wheel of a Porsche 956 in 1983. He has also taken part as an entrant on several occasions.
Group C GTP Racing teamed up with satellite channel Motors TV, with five lucky enthusiasts receiving VIP prize days for entering a competition on the channel’s website.
The competition was part of its ongoing campaign to give improved coverage to the Group C GTP series.
One of the winners, Norman Ball, who was driven on two high speed laps in the Jochen Mass/Stefan Bellof Porsche 956 said: “It felt brilliant. The acceleration was unbelievable. The noise wasn’t too bad either! I really want to thank everyone involved for making it happen.”