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The arrival of the ex works ex Labre Porsche GT1 in the UK, upgraded the whole GT racing scene in the UK. There were already very fast private Listers, McLarens & fighting it out for the international BRDC Privilege Insurance GT1 crown but long time Porsche racer John Greasley’s & his G-Force Motorsports team from Aylesbury bought another level still to this great series. I can never hide my pride as being part of this team that went on to secure the UK GT1 Championship that year with continuing heavyweight GT racing to 1999.

John Greasley had formed a pretty solid workable sponsor relationship with long time GT racing supporter John Kegg. JK’s business progress was in the field of car finishing products under the banner of Blue Coral and had supported G-Forces Porsche, particularly Greasley’s notorious pair of the humungous 935 which dominated the big class GT scene ’92 to 1994. In 1995 while working at McLaren incidentally, dear friend MB invited me to take the wheel of his Gp B 911 Turbo for the final Silverstone round that year. A different story, but it was a very good outing for me in a really lovely G-Force prepared 911 Turbo. Couple of weeks late John Greasley contacted me and let it out the for 1996 season, G-Force were planning to run a new GT2 Porsche & would I be interested in racing it for them? Of course I supplied the most positive answer I could in the McLaren office; subsequent meetings revealed that without specifics the two Johns were hatching some hefty updates to their GT racing presence … so that kicked off in 1996 with JG in his reworked 911/993 GT1that is, restrictions off but within the UK class rules, simply the most powerful air cooled 911 racer they could build. and myself in the brand new factory GT2. So more of that story elsewhere …

So, late In 1996 JG went off quietly to conclude a deal to bring Porsche GT1 chassis number 101 now owned by the French Labre team to the UK in a fresh-ready to run condition. A few of his team were instructed to meet at the Snetterton race circuit 09.00 hrs on that date, to meet the truck there. The one or two in the team who knew what was taking place were pretty much sworn to secrecy, so most of us arrived there and awaited the back of the truck to open. The early ex-Le Mans 911 GT1 Chassis 101 was revealed; this was decidedly a game-changer for the BRDC GT Championship series. JG had always prescribed the team having an ultimate 993 GT1: So the 1996 kicked off with him in the big class, myself in the GT2 class. But no one knew what was arriving reasonably late in the season.

That quiet unveiling at Snetterton gave us both 20/30 odd laps to acquaint ourselves with this oh-so-potent race car. Not a day I shall forget. before everyone pack up off 2 days later, to the next BRDC round Brands Hatch in July that year. Hasty plans were in place to help with the conversion from it’s Marlboro race livery to those of Blue Coral. These images are from Brands & our first outing in the big Porsche – wasn’t a bad day …

104 Joined the team in 1997

AP22BC Pennzoil Porsche at Brands Hatch

104 leads 101 Oulton Park ’97 BRDC Privilege