Hen ruffles feathers

4Storming start...for Hen Sharpe, at the wheel of his Porsche, and inset.
4Storming start...for Hen Sharpe, at the wheel of his Porsche, and inset.

HENRY ‘Hen’ Sharpe signalled his arrival on the Porsche racing scene in spectacular fashion by powering to a hat-trick of victories at Donington Park.

The Wilbarston man’s sensational debut in the high-profile BRSCC Porsche Championship was all the more remarkable considering he had not driven his new car before – and was not expecting to do that well.

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Sharpe has entered the world of Porsches after a decade of racing his beloved MGs.

The notable technical difference is that he is now driving a rear wheel drive car, as opposed to front wheel drive, but he clearly hasn’t been fazed by the switch – as illustrated by the stunning three-victory haul at Donington in the last round of this year’s Porsche competition.

A delighted Sharpe said: “The weekend was brilliant in every way. It really was was great. To walk away with three wins, two fastest laps and an armful of trophies is magical.

“What a springboard for the full 2013 season – I can’t wait.”

Sharpe added: “I had never driven my Porsche 924 before so I was not expecting to do that well, although qualifying did go well.

“I qualified second on the grid. Race one saw great conditions and as the lights went out I got a brilliant start and managed to get a gap between me and the next car. I added to that and by the end I had a five-second lead over the second-placed driver. I led from lights to flag and got the fastest lap as well.

“Race two’s starting position was determined by the finish in in race one, so I was on pole this time. The start was brilliant and I again got a lead and held on for a second win.

“Race three was a reverse grid, so I was put to the back. I had ten 924s in front of me but I got a blinding start and overtook four on the first corner, then overtook the remaining cars within one-and-a-half laps.

“I was in first place and I couldn’t believe it as I took my third win of the weekend.

The races are scheduled to be shown on Motors TV on November 9 at 5.50pm.