After an impressive three round competition in 2018, we are pleased to confirm that the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship will be returning this year.
Porsche Centre Nottingham is proud to announce that we will be taking part in the 2019 Championship with a new look 986 Boxster, managed by an even bigger team.
This season will consist of five rounds at iconic race tracks including Donington Park and Brands Hatch.
With updates to our Porsche Boxster, including a new suspension with fully adjustable bespoke dampers, GT3 lower arms and a new anti-roll bar, we are fully prepped and ready for the start of the new season.
Keep checking this page for more information about the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019.
The Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship is run in conjunction with the Porsche Club Championship. In addition to the seven-round Porsche Club Championship, The Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship will run at five of the rounds (10 races in total) at the following locations:
20 April 2019: Donington Park
4 May 2019: Brands Hatch Grand Prix
7 July 2019: Brands Hatch Indy
27 July 2019: Snetterton 300 Circuit
31 August 2019: Oulton Park International.
2017 marked 20 years since the iconic Porsche Boxster was first released, a car that changed the Porsche line up for the future. The launch of the Boxster 986 in 1997 was a turning point for Porsche, with the introduction of a mid-engined two-seater sports car at an affordable price. The Boxster (986) range has been a favourite of the public for many years thanks to the blend of performance, balance and handling.
To celebrate the anniversary, Porsche Centres from all over the UK sourced and restored their very own 986 Boxster S models. These Boxsters were not only restored but they were prepared to race standards, and competed in a dedicated Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition.
Each restored vehicle featured bespoke livery, inspired by Porsche racing history, and Centres nominated a member of the team to drive the Boxster on race tracks around the country.
All the participating Centres cars were judged on different elements of their restoration including mechanical, body, and paint preparation. This year, the challenge will focus on the driver and the racing element.
Porsche Centre Nottingham and our driver Wayne Minogue achieved an impressive 6th place overall in the racing and proudly accepted the Mechanical Restoration Award for all the hard work and dedication that was put into restoring the Boxster.
Porsche Centre Nottingham’s restoracing journey began on 28 March 2017, when the chosen car arrived at the Centre as a part-exchange from a customer wishing to purchase a new Porsche.
The car is a 2001 Boxster 3.2, originally in Lapis Blue with five previous owners, a full service history with only 44,000 miles on the clock.
After finding the perfect vehicle, the first stage was to strip the entire car down to its bare shell. Every single part of the vehicle was taken off and marked ready for rebuild.
“We had to pay extra attention to where each nut, bolt, washer, gasket and component came from to make sure they were clearly marked for the rebuild” - Wayne Minogue, Porsche-trained Technician.
We were left with was the basic shell of the Boxster, ready to start the restoration process.
Once the car was fully stripped, the shell was sent to EMC Motorsport in Birmingham to have an FIA Approved role cage fitted and the mounting points for the FIA Approved six-point harness. They also supplied the correct parts to meet the MSA Standards. Including;
• Race seat
• Six-point harness
• Fire extinguisher kit with pull cord
• Battery cut off with pull cord
The car, complete with new added roll cage, was then sent to our Porsche Recommended Reparier and Bodyshop, Chartwells in Derby, to be painted in Carrara White. This colour would be the base to our chosen livery.
Robert Cotterill, one of our Porsche-trained Technicians who has 30 years’ experience with the Porsche brand, carried out the engine work. All components of the engine were taken off, checked and cleaned before the process of rebuilding could begin.
To ensure the engine was working to the best of its ability during racing, all the bearings, gaskets, chains and tensioners were replaced.
Mick Barks, who has been working with Porsche for over 10 years, completely stripped the gearbox. No damage was found, so after the casings were shot blasted the gearbox was rebuilt. We also fitted a factory short shifter to help reduce gear change times while racing.
An M30 suspension kit which included a full set of struts and new antiroll bars were also fitted to the vehicle.
Once we had an entire White exterior, complete with a roll bar and race ready engine, it was time to prepare the inside of the vehicle. The majority of the original components were not refitted. The dash and centre console were sent away to be flocked, which would stop glare on the windscreen from strong sunlight.
To meet MSA regulations, new seat mounts were made and an FIA Approved race seat was fitted, along with the six-point race harness. The fire extinguisher was fitted and routed, and a cut off for the battery was also fitted.
The most iconic livery Porsche has ever run was the Martini Racing design, so it only seemed right that this was chosen for our restoracing Boxster. The Martini stripes flow perfectly with the shape and lines of the vehicle and was sure to stand out against the other racing cars.
Finally, a race number was chosen, number 46. This wasn’t any random number but a number with great significance. In 1951, the number 46 was used on the first Porsche to compete in Le Mans 24 Hour race. A Porsche 356 driven by Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche finished 20th overall and 2nd in their class.
On Saturday 2 March 2019, Porsche Centre Nottingham held a Porsche & Pancakes car meet that allowed customers to view our restored Boxster undergoing a makeover. Starting its racing journey in 2018 with a Martini Racing design we decided to update the Boxster's look for the upcoming 2019 season. We decided to focus on the car being white and found a design that would stand out from the other Restoracing vehicles.
We decided on a Porsche 924 GTP inspired design. This design was originally used in 1980 at the Le Mans 24-hour race and was driven by Tony Dron and Andy Rouse and finished in 12th place overall. That year Porsche entered Le Mans with three examples of the new race car which were driven by teams from Germany, USA and Great Britain. The Porsche 924 GTP 002 was the only factory owned race car to compete under the British flag. The three 924s were entered in the highly competitive ‘Prototype Class’ and sported national colours of their teams at the race.
The restored Boxster also went through some mechanical changes. We were supplied with new suspension with fully adjustable bespoke dampers, GT3 lower arms and a new anti-roll bar. These changes will help the car to feel more like a race car and improve the quality of ride for the drivers.
Wayne is one of our Porsche-trained Technicians and has been working within the Porsche brand for six years. Wayne was an integral part in the restoration process, and put his skills and knowledge to the test with this project. After being put through rigorous training and testing at The Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, Wayne was chosen to be the dedicated driver. Wayne was tested on his speed, handling, reactions and overall racing ability. Wayne raced consistently throughout the Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition and achieved sixth place overall.
This season we are enlisting the help of a second driver, Ashley White to share the responsibility of racing. Ashley was a fundamental part of restoring and maintaining the 986 Boxster throughout the 2018 championship. He has plenty of experience and is currently part of Team Parker Racing that competes in the Carrera Cup. Having recently passed his ARDS test (Association of Racing Driver Schools) he is now prepared and ready for start of the season.
On Friday 12 October, the Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition Awards Ceremony was held at Pennyhill Park Hotel in the beautiful countryside of Bagshot, Surry.
The ceremony, marking the end of the 2018 Porsche Classic Restoracing Competition, was an evening of dining, entertainment and awards attended by participating Porsche Centres and Recommended Repairers.
The Porsche Centre Nottingham Restoracing team, including our Porsche-trained Technicians, were extremely proud to accept the award for ‘Best Mechanical Restoration’ for all the hard work restoring the Boxster to race standards.
Following on from our success in the 2018 competition, Porsche Centre Nottingham are proud to announce we will be competiting again in the 2019 competition.
Saturday 20 April 2019 saw the return of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019 at Donington Park.
Porsche-trained Technician Ashley White got behind the wheel of our Le Mans GTP 924 Boxster 986 and placed 10th in qualification. During the first race, Ashley experienced technical difficulties with the Boxster and was unable to finish. However in the second race, Ashley started in 10th position and then quickly made up time during the fast paced race and finished in 4th place.
Ashley commented, ‘I set myself a personal target for 10th in qualifying and I was very happy to have met that. It was a shame to not be able to finish the first race but I was happy to have placed 4th in the second race!’
On Saturday 4 May, Porsche Centre Nottingham’s Restoracing Team headed down to Brands Hatch for the second round of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019.
It was our Porsche Gold Technician Wayne Minogue’s turn to take on the other teams for his first race of the 2019 season. Despite the difficult conditions, Wayne had a fantastic day and finished both races in third position.
Wayne commented "I’m a very happy man right now and can’t believe we achieved such a good result. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of the whole team. This result has showed us what can happen when we put our all into the Championship, and we look forward to the rest of the season."
On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, the Porsche Centre Nottingham Restoracing Team, headed down to Brands Hatch to participate in round three of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019.
Round three took place at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit as part of the annual Dutch Fest. The Restoracing Championship was split over two days and Wayne was part of an extra race on the Saturday. Fantastic driving by Wayne saw him finish in third place and take his third podium of the season in race one.
Porsche-trained Gold Technician Wayne commented ‘I’m so pleased to have achieved my third podium of the 2019 season for Porsche Centre Nottingham - thank you to the rest of the team for making this possible for us!’
On Sunday, it was Ashley White’s turn to compete in the Championship. Difficult conditions meant Ashley struggled in qualifying and started both races 14th on the grid. Ashley really showed his highly skilled level of driving and finished race one in ninth and overtook seven cars to place seventh in race two.
On Saturday 27 July, the Porsche Centre Nottingham Restoracing Team headed over to Snetterton Racing Circuit in Norfolk for round four of the Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship 2019.
The constant rain in the morning made conditions on the track difficult for all the Restoracing Teams. Wayne drove to the best of his ability in race one and secured a fifth place finish. The rain cleared for race two, and the track conditions had completely changed. It was a dry race with plenty of action up and down the field, Wayne and the Boxster lost a couple of positions early in the race but managed to claw one back towards the end of the race to come home with another top ten finish and crossed the line in eighth place.
Porsche Centre Nottingham currently sit in fifth place overall.
The final race of this years Porsche Classic Restoracing Championship will be taking place at Oulton Park on Saturday 31 August.
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