PK Sport – Back In Britain
PK Sport was a surprise but very welcome addition to the GT Open
grid at Brands Hatch yesterday – Piers Masarati and (long
time PK supporter) Steve Donovan sharing the team’s Porsche
been upgraded to full GT3-RS spec,” said Mike Pickup, “this
is the car we raced as #61 in the ALMS.
Despite an early spin
into the tyre wall for Steven Donovan in the first 50 minute race,
the Porsche impressed throughout the day with Masarati posting some
impressive lap times, despite the rear end damage.
“The Ferrari spun
in front of me on the reconnaissance laps,” explained Donovan,
“then coming out of Druids on lap 1, on slicks with no heat
in them, on the damp, I lost it under traction.”
The Porsche thumped the
tyre wall backwards, but despite a bent rear wing, Donovan pressed
on, only switching to Piers Masarati when more suitable rubber became
father Jamie, “tried to bend the wing back, but I wasn’t
strong enough – but by the end of the first race, it had bent
itself back thanks to the downforce.” Here's the rear end
between the races, after the wing had 'repaired itself'. 40 minutes
earlier it had a 30 degree bend in the part outside the right wing
“We lost it overall
on the first lap,” summed up Masarati Jnr., but despite the
damage, the car was ‘mega’: absolutely neutral, perfect
for the wet. I love the wet anyway.”
A whole series
of fastest laps in both races confirmed that he was in his element,
consecutive laps just two thousandths apart being particularly impressive
on the way to third overall, a lap down - and shedding some damaged
bodywork on the way.
didn’t let Piers leave the circuit until he’d come up
with the quote of the day – now that’s pressure! After
dithering around with words such as ‘mega’, Piers produced
what we wanted, almost by accident.
can’t do more than what you can do.”
it Piers! That sums up racing perfectly. His best lap of 1:38.508
was 1.7 seconds quicker than anyone else. A TV interview with Andrew
Marriott of Sky Sports beckoned, for the winner from Pinner.
to the UK, PK: it’s been a tough 2004 season but the boys
are still smiling. No concrete plans yet for ’05, but you’ll
be the first to know. Meanwhile, Piers was off for a few beers (with
Steven Donovan, below)..