Former double British Rallycross champion Mark Flaherty is the latest driver to join the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB and will make his debut at Rockingham this weekend (19/20 May) in rounds three and four of the season.
 
Flaherty is returning to the sport after a break of 14 years and will make both his circuit racing and Porsche debut at Rockingham. Previously, all his competition experience has been on the mixture of gravel and asphalt of rallycross tracks.
 
Flaherty, now based in Berkshire, won the British Rallycross title in 1991 and 1992 at the wheel of an MG Metro 6R4 and then competed in Europe against all the biggest names in the sport. He stopped competing in 1998 to concentrate on business and has now decided that, aged 49, it is time to return to competition.
 
Flaherty will join Redline Racing to contest the balance of the GT3 Cup Challenge GB. “I’ve never raced a Porsche and I’ve never raced on a circuit, so I’ve got a lot to learn,” he says. “It’s a totally different driving style and a totally different car. I’ve already had a run with Glynn Geddie and I can’t wait to get started.” Backing for the programme comes from Wokingham-based Flaherty Homes.
 
“We’re excited to be joining the GT3 Cup Challenge with Mark,” said Redline team boss Simon Leonard. “Porsche is new to him, but he’s learning fast and we’re looking forward to getting him up there.”