Rockingham

Rockingham
 

Sat 24 June 2017

Rockingham qualifying proved the battle of the BMW’s – Steve Hewson and Matt Nossiter topping the time sheets and claiming pole in the Team Trickle BMW E36, just four tenths of a second ahead of the GNB Racing BMW 328i of Gary Burstow. Dean Hyde behind the wheel of the Tylah Motorsport BMW E30 looked set to complete a BMW 1-2-3 however a flying lap late in session by Shawyer and Traviss saw the MSDT Race Developments Toyota Celica break up the trio - securing third on the grid and the Class C pole. Their Class C competition starting a little further back on Row 5 – James Gunn-Carter and Dan Abbitt would be looking to close the gap from the start.

Stefan Nadarajan in the Fox Motorsport Ginetta G40 was the quickest of the Class D cars and would start from 25. Nick Jackson and Elliot Newman in the Moores Motors Racing Ford Fiesta, despite being a second off the pace in qualifying would be looking to challenge the Ginetta over the opening laps.

Phil Burden in one of three Supatune Motorsport entries would start from twenty seventh having secured the Class E pole in his Ford Puma.

A lightning quick start from Burstow saw him take the lead from Hewson off the line, Dean Hyde also made ground and looked set to pass the Team Trickle BMW however going the long way round and up on the banking at turn allowed Hewson to control the inside line into the Deene hairpin. Toby Hotston, despite starting on the third row, was making rapid progress up to second in the Team Oaklands MINI – exploiting the narrowest of gaps on the inside to pass the Team Trickle and Tylah BMW’s.

The charging Oaklands MINI was soon applying pressure to race leader Burstow – a daring move on the outside of Tarzan hairpin saw the MINI scrabbling for grip in an effort to secure the advantageous inside line into the left hand turn at Brook, a bold move that would ultimately pay off as Hotston took the lead of the race.  

Further down the field both Alf Hyde in the Class C Tylah Motorsport Ford Fiesta and Richard Sanders in the Class B Sanders Motorsport Honda Civic looked to be making early progress through the field however with the large entry of cars bunching up and shuffling for position under braking their progress soon slowed – an ambitious move by Hyde saw the Fiesta run on at the Deene Hairpin losing all of the places gained. John Lyne in another of the Tylah cars fared better gaining five places by the end of the opening lap; a similar number of overtakes achieved by Tom Murphy in the second of the Supatune Pumas.  

Team Oaklands, having taken the lead on the opening lap, now found themselves in the unenviable position of holding onto the position with both the GNB and Team Trickle BMW’s determined to find their way past. Burstow seizing an opportunity on lap five to take the inside line into the Deene hairpin, Hotston aware of the move being made on his left choosing to take the deeper line into the corner with the aim of cutting back as Burstow lent heavily on the brakes – locking up as the BMW turned for the apex. The GNB BMW however had the acceleration out of the corner and control of the race for the first time. The battle at the front would continue until the pit window opened at which point the Team Trickle BMW was back in front, leading the GNB Racing BMW and the Team Oaklands MINI.

The StorageMart Racing Renault Clio of Steven Kelly had being going well however an electrical issue saw the car pulling onto the infield before Chapman Curve.  

With the pit stops complete and the pit window closing, a number of teams faced  penalties  for short stops including the Team Trickle BMW of Hewson and Nossiter that had been embroiled in an epic battle for both an overall race and class win at the front of the field. A mechanical drama for Burstow unfortunately left the GNB Racing BMW unable to continue and out of the fight for the lead. Hewson and Nossiter holding on to take the overall race and Class B win. Dean Hyde was the next of the Class B cars across claiming second overall and second in class. The Team Oaklands MINI completing the top three and the Class B podium.

Class C was again providing excellent racing; Shawyer and Traviss in the MSDT Race Developments Celica, although qualifying well, had been caught by their fellow Class C competitors.  James Gunn-Carter and David Mennie in the Bye Bye Motorsport BMW closing the gap together with the returning TDT driver Dan Abbitt in the Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot 306. The pace of the MSDT pair was however enough to see them across the line first securing the Class C win ahead of Gunn-Carter and Mennie. Jonathan Howes and Kevin Stirling rounding

A fantastic race to the line saw the Moores Motors Racing Ford Fiesta of Elliot Newman and Nick Jackson take the chequered flag less than a second ahead of the Fox Motorsport Ginetta of Stefan Nadarajan.

Phil Burden claimed the Class E win and 19th overall; a great drive and again finishing ahead of more powerful cars and experienced drivers.

 

Classification:

Class B

1. Team Trickle - Steve Hewson / Matt Nossiter
2. Tylah Motorsport - Dean Hyde
3. Team Oaklands - Lawrence Davey / Toby Hotston

Class C

1. MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer / David Traviss
2. Bye Bye Motorsport - James Gunn-Carter / David Mennie
3. Team Norfolk - Kevin Stirling / Jonathan Howes

Class D

1. Moores Motors Racing - Elliot Newman / Nicholas Jackson
2. Fox Motorsport - Stefan Nadarajan

Class E

1. Supatune Motorsport - Phil Burden 

Fastest Lap

Team Trickle - BMW E36 - 1:35.44

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

Team Trickle - Steve Hewson / Matt Nossiter

 

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