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.
We're looking forward to the 2009 racing season. Aftre
a successful season in the GT Cup in 2008 I am going to be back there with
a refreshed 944 turbo, the engine having just lasted to the end of the season
last year with fluids oozing out of every orafice.
Porsche Club Championship
The Porsche Club Championship has a new addition
to the line up for 2009 - the 993. It looks like there are going to be a few
out in class, but they are going to be on the heavy side. The 964 that I campaigned
for the past two years is back in my hands again for 2009 and following nearly
a full years development the car is pretty well sorted. For yet another year
the 944 turbo is omitted, but developments in the GT Cup offer a promising
home for those who want a good series to race them in, though other cars from
the Porsche stable may also be drawn there..
There has been little interest in development
of the Boxster models for the Championship. One did make a debut, but after
some initial problems the car has seen some improvement and has been close
to the pace a few times, but ultimately the engine seems to have a very short
life in competition.
Here are the race dates for 2009. The profile
seems a little lower this year, with bonus points for those travelling to
Anglesey, and a welcome to return to Croft for perhaps the "foreign"
||April 4th - Double Header
||April 18th-19th - Double Header
||May 30th - Double Header
||June 13th - Double Header
|Brands Hatch GP
||July 18th-19th - Double Header
||August 15th-16th - Double Header
||August 31st - Double Header
||September 26th-27th - Double Header
||October 2nd-3rd - Double Header
The July round is in support to the WTCC.
Following the inaugural race in 2007 and a full season in 2008, the GT Cup
continues as a series for 2009, aimed at amateur drivers with cars of FIA
GT3 specification or less. The series will be split into four classes, with
Porsche 997 GT3 and Ferrari 430 expected to be in the majority. In Class
four there are the Porsche 993RSR's, Ferrari 360 and an assortment of other
makes such as Morgan, Ginetta and Lotus.
Equalisation will be considered particularly
of the faster cars which participated at Snetterton with the intention of
ensuring all the cars in the fastest class are pegged to the most modern
GTC pace, and there is to be a success ballast regime in place to ensure
Here are the race dates for 2009. They are
well spread throughout the year, at good circuits, without a visit to Croft
but with support to the A1 GP series at the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
||April 18th -19th
|Brands Hatch GP
All races are double headers, each race
being around 30 minutes in length with a free practice in addition to qualifying
meaning there is no need to test. Each race is also to be televised on
Motors TV - Sky channel 413, Virginmedia 545.
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
The calendar for 2009 is very similar to
2008, with an continuing bias towards Croft more than in recent years.
In 2008 I moved to class A1, narrowly missing
out on class honours due to a driveshaft failure, so came home with a second
in class for the season.
The final race calendar, which has a late
start, for 2009 is as follows:
|May 2nd-3rd - Double Header
Cancelled due to legal action against Croft
||May 16th-17th - Double Header
||June 27th-28th - Double header
||July 25th-26th - Double header
||September 12th-13th - Double header
||September 26th/27th - Double header
This year there are just a couple of clashes
with GT Cup and Porsche Club, so I should be able to do justabout a full
March 8, 2009 22:41