Silverstone National

Silverstone National
 

Sat 3 June 2017

The Supatune Motorsport Toyota MR2 was again the car to beat in qualifying; Colin Tester securing his second consecutive Trackday Trophy pole position.

Gary Burstow in the GNB Racing BMW looked set to challenge the Supatune car however was unable to match the pace of Tester in the Class B Toyota. Trackday Trophy new-comers Richard Clarke and Mark Steward were again pushing hard in the Finsport Civic, the pair squeezing every last tenth out of their lap but having to settle for third on the grid behind Tester and Burstow.

A blisteringly quick lap time from Matt Shawyer and David Traviss in the MSDT Race Developments Toyota Celica saw them secure the Class C pole and fourth on the grid. The Bye Bye Motorsport pairing of James Gunn-Carter and David Mennie, despite mounting a late charge in their BMW Compact and setting their quickest time with a last lap dash, were unable to beat the time of Shawyer and Traviss and would start the race from the fourth row.

Stefan Nadarajan proved the fastest of the Class D cars in qualifying placing the Fox Motorsport Ginetta G40 on the class pole and 26th on the grid – the row ahead of fellow Class D drivers Tom King and David Smitherham in the Racelife BMW who themselves were only marginally ahead of Paul Burn and Nick Jackson in the Moores Motors Racing Ford Fiesta.

Solo Class E entrant, Phil Burden in one of two Supatune Motorsport Ford Pumas qualified thirty second - noticeably ahead of some higher classed competition.

Starting from pole position for the second time in 2017; Colin Tester in the Supatune Motorsport Toyota MR2 was looking for another solid start and hoping to stay ahead of Gary Burstow in the GNB Racing BMW who, if he could draw level or even ahead, would have the inside line into turn.

When the lights went out it was the Supatune Motorsport MR2 that would be quickest off the line and leading the field through Copse for the first time with Burstow in the GNB Racing BMW following closely. Richard Clarke in the Class B Finsport Honda Civic, determined to stay in touch with the Class B pair on the front row was away quickly, determined to stay ahead of the Class C MSDT Racing Developments Celica of Shawyer and Traviss. The Celica under immediate pressure from John Lyne in the Tylah Motorsport Golf and the BMW Compact of Gunn-Carter and Mennie, the rear wheel drive compact catapulting the Compact past the Honda Civic of Atkinson and Ruane and the MINI Cooper S of Bailey and Townsend.

Despite a clean start from ninth, Oliver Owen behind the wheel of the Class B OllySport Renault Clio would have his work cut out for him over the forty five minute race as he found himself stuck on the outside at Becketts and losing positions. Kevin Stirling in the Team Norfolk Fiesta was one of the cars exploiting the space on the inside. A great opening lap seeing the Fiesta make its way from fourteenth on the grid up to eighth. Tylah Motorsports Dean Hyde was also on a charge, the Class B BMW E30 gaining 7 places over the course of the opening lap.

Competition was fierce throughout the field, perhaps no more so than in Class C where Cameron Mclean in the CM Racing Clio battled to pass the Ford Fiesta of Ronan Quinn and Wil Arif – a great showcase of fair but close racing.

Tester having successfully maintained control of the race through to the pit window opted to stop early; handing the race lead to Burstow in the GNB Racing BMW who chose a different strategy, choosing to instead pit late – the race to the finish was on! The late pit-stop strategy was also adopted by Olly Owen, leaving it until the very last possible moment to complete the mandatory stop.

The strategy would ultimately work in Burstows favour, the BMW emerging from the pit-lane ahead of the Supatune and Finsport Cars having established enough of a gap to secure the Class B and overall race win. Colin Tester would battle through the back markers to claim second in Class B and second overall. Shawyer and Traviss would complete the top three whilst also securing the Class C win and the Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy.

Dean and Alf Hyde reaching the chequered flag fourth overall in the Tylah Motorsport BMW which was enough to secure third in Class B. James Gunn-Carter and David Mennie could celebrate another successful round crossing the line in sixth place for second in Class C. The HT Racing pairing of Neil House and Andy Tate completing the Class C podium  and crossing the line ninth overall.

The Class D win going the way of Paul Burn and Nick Jackson in the Moores Motors Racing Ford Fiesta ahead of Tom King and David Smitherham in the Racelife BMW. Stefan Nadarajan guiding the Fox Racing Ginetta home to third in class.

Phil Burden in the Supatune Motorsport Puma securing the Class E victory – crossing the line in twenty fifth place. 

 

Classification:

Class B

1. GNB Racing - Gary Burstow
2. Supatune Motorsport - Colin Tester
3. Tylah Motorsport - Dean Hyde / Alf Hyde

Class C

1. MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer / David Traviss
2. Bye Bye Motorsport - James Gunn-Carter / David Mennie
3. HT Racing - Neil House / Andy Tate

Class D

1. Moores Motors Racing - Paul Burn / Nicholas Jackson
2. Racelife.co.uk - Tom King / David Smitheram
3. Fox Motorsport - Stefan Nadarajan

Class E

1. Supatune Motorsport - Phil Burden 

Fastest Lap

Supatune Motorsport - Toyota MR2 - 1:07.97

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer / David Traviss

 

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