Peter Boylan has plenty of positives to take from his first round in the Australian GT Series at the Clipsal 500. It was the first time Boylan has raced his Porsche 997 Cup Car in two years, and he spent the weekend getting back into the swing of things, picking up third and fourth positions in the Challenge Class in the two races.
“The car arrived in pristine condition and is fortunately leaving in a pristine condition”, commented Boylan with a smile. “I’m very pleased with how the weekend went.”
After qualifying in 20th position, fifth in class, Boylan made steady progress in the hour long twilight race on Friday Night. Consistent laps saw him make his way to 10th outright at the end of the hour. Despite a momentary lapse in judgement on his final lap, which saw Boylan spin after missing his braking point, he was able to hold on to take third in the Challenge class.
“I’m getting a Iittle older, so I prefer longer races”, admitted Boylan, who has competed in several 24 hour events around the world.
In the second race Boylan dropped back to 14th position outright, with Championship Class cars that did not finish race one charging past him. Boylan only lost one position in class, finishing fourth in the Challenge division.
“I’m fortunate to have Porsche specialists Grant Geelan and Steven Brooke from Autohaus Hamilton looking after the car. They have given me a comfortable race car and most importantly a safe car.” Boylan continued, “The cars are fairly fast and you have to have a comfortable car, especially at high speed corners like turn eight.”
Round two of the Australian GT Series takes place at Winton Raceway, May 20-22.
Peter Boylan would like to thank the following for their support in 2011: