We had a fruitful morning’s testing at Silverstone yesterday with Colin Paton’s Porsche 911 RSR, which we are running in Peter Autos Classic Endurance Racing (CER) series through 2018.
Split into two grids – CER 1 for 1966-1974 GT cars and 1966-1971 prototypes and CER 2 for 1975-1981 GT cars and 1973-1981 prototypes – Classic Endurance Racing is Europe’s premier series for cars of this era. The season began at Barcelona in April with the Espíritu de Montjuic festival. Nine RSRs qualified for the race with Colin coming home sixth in the GT1 class: a good start to the season on a tricky weekend of changing conditions.
After Barcelona, we went to Spa Francorchamps, where eleven RSRs qualified for the race. The heavens opened soon after the race start, but we picked up a class finish well inside the top ten. Dijon was our first race weekend in consistently fine conditions, where Colin could get a feel for the car and begin to consider the setup with his mechanics. A good qualifying and race confirmed the base line, but a test ahead of the next round in August would help us to bring some more speed to the car.
With several seasons of Carrera Cup racing in his early career, BTCC and European Le Mans Series driver, Rory Butcher, has driven with Colin several times and enjoys the 911 experience. Rory came along to Silverstone and spent the day with the RSR and our engineers to fine tune the car’s set up around the high speed Grand Prix circuit.
The weather was excellent and perfect for testing. Rory completed several runs in five-lap batches and the engineers then looked at the data and heard driver feedback to decide on adjustments. By the end of the day, the RSR was going better than ever, without the extreme camber settings seen on some RSRs that tend to destroy the Avon tyres in very short order. It was a very satisfying test.
CER 2018 continues with the Dix Mille Tours at Le Castellet from August 31st-September 2nd and Imola Classic from October 26th-28th.