7 August 2018
The GT Cup is happy to welcome experienced racer David Frankland to the grid as the championship returns to Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend (August 11/12). Frankland, who has most recently been competing in Radicals, will race a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with Valour Racing in Group GTB after recent successful testing and race mileage.
“I started on motorcycles, then a Porsche 924, and the past 13 years I’ve been racing Radicals,” said Frankland. “I’ve been a Porsche enthusiast since I was a child. Around three months ago a number of circumstances came together which allowed me to buy the 911 GT3 Cup car. It’s something I’ve been talking about for a couple of years. As a business man I’m used to making things happen so it’s a dream come true.”
Despite the perception that the car is a tricky one to drive, Frankland hasn’t found that to be the case. Instead, the main challenge for him so far has been adapting to left-hand drive.
“I’ve done a million miles in my career and I’ve been running right-hand drive,” he said. “I’ll be arriving at a corner faster and a meter and a half to the left of what I’m used to. I’m getting there and quite happy with it but to do something different is quite a feat to accomplish.”
Present on the side of the car will be a unique character David has carried on his helmet from his days on two wheels. “As I come from a motorcycle background one of the traditions is to have graphics on your helmet and I’ve had a picture of a chubby rat drinking beer and eating food. He’s now on the side of my car,” said Frankland.
“I also have to thank Valour Racing, who run about 20 Radicals, Caterhams, and Porsches as well as Ringrose Grimsley, who are independent financial advisors.”
Competitors in the GT Cup Championship will take to the track on Saturday, August 11, for practice and qualifying ahead of two 25-minute sprint races. The cars will then be back out on Sunday with a warm-up and qualifying before the 50-minute pit-stop endurance race.