Chris DymondParr Business Partner Club backed driver Chris Dymond impressed on his debut in the Porsche Carrera cup GB at Brands Hatch, Kent over the weekend (31st March/1st April).

Dymond based near Buckingham, showed strong pace all weekend, despite a setback in qualifying being heavily blocked by another car on his qualifying run leaving him to start in 13th place for both races.

“Our qualifying position doesn’t reflect are true pace, I’d managed to get some clear air and thought I had enough space, but I guess the guy made a mistake as suddenly I was right with him. He couldn’t have been going for a time and I had my lights on to signal that I was, but he continued to weave and completely destroyed my lap, it’s frustrating!”

Dymond made a good start to race 1 and gained a few places in the opening laps and after a battle with Ollie Mortimer, Dymond passed the Scottish driver into Paddock hill bend and was now running in the top 10 and closing fast on the battling pair ahead.

“Mortimer was holding me up quite badly I could see he was struggling with his rear tyres but it’s very hard to pass in these cars on this circuit, I worked him quite hard and pressured him into a mistake out of Clearways and I was able to complete the move into Paddock hill. The two cars ahead were battling hard and I was catching them fast.”

A small mistake into clearways though would cost Dymond as he pushed to catch the cars ahead.

“I just it wrong on the brakes with the bumps and the car refused to select a gear so skated wide and through the gravel, which was unfortunate as I’d battled hard and such a small error cost a lot places.”

Dymond recovered to finish 13th after being able to pass several cars in the final few laps.

Race 2 on Sunday saw the sun back out and shining brightly, Dymond once again lined up 13th on the grid.

Capitalising on his good start Dymond was able to jump into the top 10 on the opening lap with a bold move around the outside of druids and passing 3 cars!

“Everyone was just queuing up on the inside to block each other, I knew if I did it right I could pick off a few at least, I had two cars cleared by mid corner and was side by side on the exit but I had the inside line for Graham Hill so I finished it on the brakes.”

Continuing to race hard and after the first safety car period on the opening lap for an accident further down the field Dymond was running 8th and pulling away from the cars behind with the leading group.

A late safety car closed the pack up for a final sprint to the flag. Positions all held till the finish but with the two cars directly ahead of Dymond each receiving a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits, Dymond was running 6th which he held to the flag.

“I could see them running off lap after lap, whilst we all push the limits it was clear they’d be penalised, they were warned twice but choose to ignore it and as a result got stung! Once I heard they’d been given the penalty over the raceciver radio I was counting my gap to the furthest car and it stayed at three seconds for the remainder of the race so I knew it was fine. It’s been a mixed weekend but this result is what I knew we could do and its where we need to be so it can built on, it looks very promising for sure. ”

Dymond’s attention now turns to the Donington park race in two weeks time where rounds 3&4 of the championship will take place on the 14th and 15th of April.

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Photo by Tom Dymond.