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E Class Porsches Bring Heat to The Clash at The Glen

Hundreds of drivers competed in one of the largest Porsche Club of America (PCA) races of the year in scenic Watkins Glen, N.Y. over the weekend.

The E class, which normally has around 12 entries on any given race weekend, had more than 30 entries at the 17th annual Clash at The Glen Porsche Club of America (PCA) event. This year at Watkins Glen, the E class even had a big enough entry group that they raced alongside the 944 class and did a split start.

Seasoned driver Clarke Simpson placed second in Sprint 1 in his No. 213 E class entry.

“Watkins Glen, Sebring and Road America are the big, scary tracks,” Simpson said. “These are the tracks that you see the professionals race on television – everyone wants to race where the big boys race.

“This Watkins Glen event pulls people from across the country – people come so far to come to these special races. The countryside is beautiful and the weather is great here.”

Considered by many PCA racers as a combination of value and competitiveness, the early 80s to 90s cars typically entered in E class aren’t slouches when it comes to speed on the racetrack.

In 2016, PCA club racing veteran Jim Buckley set a record by doing a 2:09 flat on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn hilltop track in his No. 711 E class entry. This year, Buckley did a 2:08.6 and set a record – before Dan Martinson sped up and beat it.

Martinson, who competes in the No. 781 E class entry, set the track record during Sprint 2 with a lap time of 2:07.6 – beating Simpson by 5.230 seconds.

“It’s really stiff competition in this class,” Buckley said. “The E cars are the pure essence of a 911. They’re torsion bar cars, and old school air-cooled. These cars drive incredibly – like nothing else. These are what got me into Porsches about 30 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.

“If you want to race and find out what it’s really all about, I would suggest driving a 911 SC or a Carrera and come do some Driver’s Education (DE) and then come out and race with us.”

Simpson even let out a little secret on how the E class drivers recruit others to come join them.

“We go on social media and push the guys to come out there,” he said. “I noticed Dan Martinson wasn’t on the list for The Glen so I went on social media and asked him why. He made three excuses and then the next day, he signed up!”

The competitors are looking forward to the class continuing to grow, too.

“We will have about 50 cars at events within the next two years I bet,” Buckley said.

Source. LST Marketing


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