Welcome to dbRacing
This is a website telling the story of the racing seasons of David Botterill ( hence dbRacing ) and other things Porsche.
Inside the site you can find out about the cars that I own, read my own version of what happened in the race reports, see other competitors with their cars and join our discussion forums. There's even a few video clips.
2004 was a good season for me. In its first year in the NSSCC I took second in class in the 944 turbo, and despite a recurring fuelling problem in the 924GT I was in second place in the Porsche Club series right until the final round, ultimately fininshing fourth arter a bizarre failure in the penultimate race. We believe that the 924GT is finally sorted and the 944 turbo will be running on new suspension for 2005.
Porsche Club Championship
The Porsche Classic was swept along with other changes in Porsche racing in 2003 and many of the newer cars are now eligible including 944S2, 3.2 Carrera and 968 models. For the moment the 964 is excluded as is the 944 turbo. There are no changes for 2005, but initial signs are that a number of regular competitors are leaving the series, but young blood is coming to take their place.
Here are the provisional race dates for 2005 as announced on January 25th, and I'm please to say that the Championship is visiting a much broader range of circuits than we saw last year, including Spa and Croft again.
|Snetterton||April 9th/10th - Double header|
|Castle Combe||May 2nd|
|Oulton Park||May 14th|
|Donington Park||June 19th|
|Brands Hatch||August 27th/28th|
You can click on the link to the PCGB site on the links page to get updates on championship positions and other competitors.
Northern Sports and Saloon Car Championship
The NSSCC is a race series based around the Croft circuit in North Yorkshire. The series, which is open to pretty much any type of car attracts good fields of competitors. Technical regulations are few and it gives a good chance to compete against cars of very different characteristics.
Last year I still manged to finish second in class B, despite having to start from the back of the grid on more than one occasion. In 2000 I won Class D, and was awarded the John Blades Trophy for my exploits during the 2001 season. The championship is very strong, becoming more popular with each year and with that popularity the field is becoming more professional with correspondingly larger budgets. Sponsors please note.
The provisional race calendar for 2005 is as follows:
|Oulton Park||May 14th|
|Mallory Park||May 29th|
|Cadwell Park||July 10th|
|Donington Park||July 23rd/24th|
|Croft||August 27th/28th - Double header|
|Croft||September 24th/25th - Double header|
Porsche Open & Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship
The Porsche Open is a series organised by the Porsche Club GB, and is "open", hence its name, to Porsche of any type or description without technical restriction. It therefore is the place to see the more exotic and modified Porsche eg 935 and supercharged 964s etc. After a few years apart, the Open and Club championships ran separately. Now they are usually run at the same meetings. There are 4 classes, based on simple power to weight ratios, which also reflect the degree of modification from standard.
Following the decision to make the Porsche Cup a single class championship, the Porsche Open is the now the only place for the other Cup cars, eg 964, 944 Turbo, 993 to race within the Porsche Club.
The Welsh Sports & Saloon Car Championship is organised by the Welsh Racing Drivers Association and caters for a multitude of different types of car including saloon cars, sports racing cars, motorcycle engines cars and even has a special class for rally cars.
Provisional 2005 dates for WRDA as announced at The Autosport Show are
|Mallory Park||August 7th|
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