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2018 Calendar

Race Report

The 2018 Trackday Trophy season got underway on Saturday, 14th April, at a bright and sunny Donington Park. With a capacity grid of 40 cars taking part; the mornings qualifying session was set to be an exciting 30 minute shootout with Class B, C and D cars taking to the track together with drivers competing in the Novice Open Class.

Trackday Trophy newcomers Robin Welsh and Paul Mcerlean in the Class B Raw Motorsport BMW 330 Clubsport were the quickest in qualifying, topping the time sheets and securing pole position with a lap time of 1:21.976. Gary Burstow in the GNB Racing 328i would complete the all BMW front row, missing out on pole position by just over a tenth of a second!

Sam Gay and Colin Tester were the fastest of the Class C entrants in their G&M Motorsport Honda Civic Type R and claiming third on the grid for their efforts. They were joined on the second row by Kevin Fullbrook and Keith Issatt in the Class B SRR Motorsport MINI Cooper S.

With times tumbling throughout the session; it was Ronan Quinn and Will Arif in their Ford Fiesta that would edge out Martyn Adams and Rob Adams in the Boreham Motorsport Mazda for the Class D Pole with less than two tenths of a second between the two. 

The quickest of the Novice Open class were the RC Racing pairing of Richard Thompson and Chris Mayhew in their Renault Clio ahead of Hannah Gardin and David Smitherham in the Mini Motorsport Cooper S.

With qualifying complete the stage was set for the long awaited opening race of the 2018 season!

Starting from pole position, the Raw Motorsport BMW of Welsh and Mcerlean successfully defended their position at the head of the capacity field as they raced towards Redgate. Row three starter John Lyne in the Tylah Motorsport BMW E36 took full advantage of the increased traction offered by his rear wheel drive BMW, launching from the standing start up to third position by the approach to turn one, passing the Type R of Tester and Gay and the Cooper S of Issatt and Fulbrook.

James Clink, having qualified 12th in the Class C Blue Bolt Racing Clio, made progress from the start and was quickly gaining places.  Alf Hyde in the Tylah Motorsport Fiesta ST taking full advantage of the bolting Clink, followed him through the pack before settling in behind the Nick White Racing Renault Clio ready for the decent through Craners.

Series newcomer Jamie Ward, despite losing two places on the opening lap, was successfully holding his position behind the wheel of the KJL Motorsport Fiesta and leading an increasingly competitive Class C battle that would last for the majority of the race.

The Class D pairing of Ben and Harry Corbey, sharing driving duties in the BAD Racing Honda CRX, were making real progress. Having struggled in qualifying and starting 26th on the grid the pair were determined to catch up with the other Class D entries and were soon making moves and catching the MX5 of Ben Abbitt and Richard Cooke together with the Fiesta of Quinn and Arif.

The opening of the pit stop window signalled the beginning of a flurry of driver changes. Unfortunately a number of teams incurred drive through penalties as a result of short pit stops.

The Raw Motorsport BMW of Welsh and Mcerlean, having set the pace at the front of the field for the majority of the race would go on to convert their pole position into the Class B and overall race win! Gary Burstow, although challenging for the lead, would reach the chequered flag second with John Lyne completing the all BMW podium in third.

The Class C spoils went the way of Jamie Ward, who on his TDT debut had produced a great drive and proved a worthy recipient of the Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy. Nick White and Jonathan Candler beating the MX5 of Dan Abbitt to the line by the slimmest of margins.

Bad Racing would secure the Class D win ahead of Ronan Quinn Racing and the Abbitt motorsport pairing of Ben Abbitt and Richard Cooke.

Hannah Gardin and David Smitherham in the Mini Motorsport Cooper would complete the class podiums - winning the Novice Open Class.

Classification

Class B

Raw Motorsport – Robin Welsh / Paul Mcerlean
GNB Racing - Gary Burstow
Tylah Motorsport - John Lyne

Class C

KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
Nick White Racing – Jonathan Candler / Nick White
Abbitt Motorsport - Dan Abbitt

Class D

BAD Racing - Ben Corbey / Harry Corbey
Ronan Quinn Racing - Arif / Quinn
Abbitt Motorsport – Ben Abbitt / Richard Cooke

Novice Open

Mini Motorsport – Hannah Gardin / David Smitherham 

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy
KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward

Fastest Lap
GNB Racing - Gary Burstow / BMW 328i – 1:21.207

Race Report

Trackday Trophy joined the festivities of the Snetterton Mini Festival over the weekend with 45 cars looking to secure pole position within the 30 minute qualifying session.

The SRR Motorsport pairing of Kevin Fulbrook and Keith Issatt, again sharing the driving duties behind the wheel of their MINI Cooper S, were looking to set a quick time from the moment the session went live. It wasn’t long until the Mini was up to speed with a flurry of increasingly quick laps seeing them sitting atop the time sheets and ultimately securing pole position. John Lyne in his BMW E36 looked set to stage a late charge however the Tylah Motorsport driver was unable find the elusive last few tenths for pole.

Kevin Stirling proved the quickest of the Class C cars in the Team Norfolk Ford Fiesta ST, breaking the grasp of the Class B cars at the front of the field. Sam Gay and Paul Harvey starting alongside Stirling in their Class C Honda Civic Type R on the fourth row – both cars separated by less than a tenth of a second!

The Class D pole was secured by Alex Miller in the Boreham Motorsport prepared Mazda MX5. Trackday Trophy newcomers Tristan Scrivens and Thomas Seckel were the quicker of the Novice Open class entrants in qualifying and would start from eleventh alongside fellow Novice racer Jamie Ward in the KJL Motorsport Ford Fiesta ST.

Qualifying complete; Snetterton was again set to host an exciting round of Trackday Trophy with a capacity field of 45 heading into turn one at full race pace.

A fantastic start by Alf Hyde saw the Tylah Motorsport Ford Fiesta launch quickly from the line before making rapid progress up through the order; making a number of passes that would see the Fiesta up into ninth by the end of the opening lap having started back in twenty fifth!

The SRR Mini of Fulbrook and Issatt, having started on pole, would lead the race over the opening laps however the MSDT Race Develoments pairing of Matt Shawyer and David Traviss in their Toyota Celica were working their way forward – taking the lead and control of the race on lap four.

Close battles could be seen throughout the field with CM Racing’s Cameron Mclean and Blue Bolt Racings James Clink both in Class C Renault Clio’s challenging the Civic Type-R of Sam Gay and Paul Harvey who were themselves focused on defending their position from series newcomer Jamie Ward in the KJL Motorsport Fiesta.

With a small gap opening between the Class B race leaders and the rest of the field it was Kevin Stirling in the Class C Team Norfolk Fiesta ST who found himself ahead of the pack and paving the way forward.

Tim Evans, behind the wheel of the SW Motorsports Honda Civic, opted to pit relatively early in the pit window, a decision that would go on to pay dividends as Evans found himself second overall following the stops and within striking distance of race leaders Shawyer and Traviss. The final pass for position coming just four laps from the chequered flag. Evans would continue to the flag securing both the Class B win and the overall race win ahead of Shawyer and Traviss in second and Class C entrant Dean Hyde in the Tylah Motorsport BMW E30 in third.

The Class B podium would be completed by another of the Tylah Motorsport entries John Lyne in his BMW E36. Second place in Class C would go the way of James Clink in the Blue Bolt Racing Clio ahead of the Peugeot 306 of Dan Abbitt.

Alex Miller secured the Class D win in his Boreham Motorsport Mazda MX5 ahead of Martyn and Rob Adams in the second Boreham Motorsport entry. Ben Abbitt and Jack Mitchell completed an all Mazda class podium in third.

The TJS Racing pairing of Tristan Scriven and Thomas Seckel could celebrate the Novice Open class win on their Trackday Trophy debut. The class second going the way of Jamie Ward with Chris Mayhew and Richard Thompson bringing the RC Racing Renault Clio home for third in class.

 

Classification

Class B

1. SW Motorsports - Tim Evans
2. MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer and David Traviss
3. Tylah Motorsport - John Lyne

Class C

1. Tylah Motorsport - Dean Hyde
2. Blue Bolt Racing - James Clink
3. Abbitt Motorsport - Dan Abbitt

Class D

1. Boreham Motorsport - Alex Miller
2. Boreham Motorsport - Martyn Adams & Rob Adams
3. Abbitt Motorsport - Ben Abbitt & Jack Mitchell

Novice Open

1. TJS Racing - Tristan Scrivens & Thomas Seckel
2. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
3. RC Racing - Chris Mayhew & Richard Thompson

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

Apple Car Centre - Ray Honeybone & Jordan Honeybone

Fastest Lap

Apple Car Centre - Ray Honeybone & Jordan Honeybone - 2:16.945

Race Report

The third round of the 2018 Trackday Trophy season took place on Sunday 24th June with a full grid of forty cars ready to take on the fast paced Silverstone National Circuit. With such a large number of cars taking part it would again prove a strategic challenge for teams searching for space on track in order to set their fastest lap.

Matt Shawyer and David Traviss in their Class B MSDT Race Developments Toyota Celica would end the session on pole position and top of the timesheets. Trackday Trophy newcomers Chris Campbell and Chris Bialan in the Piranha Porsche 944 S2, despite finding pace early in the session, would join the MSDT pairing to make an all Class B front row. John Lyne behind the wheel of his Tylah Motorsport BMW left it late setting his quickest time in the session on his 22nd lap, just three laps before the end of qualifying.

The Class C pole went the way of James Gunn-Carter and Paul Crosby, sharing the drive in the Bye Bye Motorsport BMW Compact, ahead of Dean Hyde in the Tylah Motorsport BMW E30 and the G&M Motorsport Honda Civic of Sam Gay and Paul Harvey.

Steven Kelly and Colin Tester proved the quickest of the Class D entries in qualifying followed closely by Ronan Quinn in his Fiesta and the BAD Racing pairing of Harry and Ben Corby.

The quicker of the Novice Open cars in qualifying was the RC Racing Renault Clio of Richard Thompson and Chris Mayhew, qualifying nineteenth overall and ahead of the Peugeot 205 GTi of Team Pug Racing driven by Martin Davies and Steven Sleath.

With track temperatures climbing in the Summer sun the pressure was on for David Traviss in the MSDT Race Developments Celica out on pole position. With the rear wheel drive Piranha Porsche alongside and the Tylah Motorsport BMW on the row behind, a quick and clean move from the line were key to holding position into turn one. Perhaps unsurprisingly both of the rear wheel drive cars were quick off the line with the Porsche taking the lead on the approach to Copse; John Lyne also find himself making ground and up into second in the BMW. An unfortunate spin for the Piranha Porsche would see Lyne take the lead, however Traviss in the MSDT Celica would remain on his bumper looking for a way past – the opportunity presenting itself a few laps later but a problematic gear change saw the gained place lost almost immediately.  

Class D was again producing some great drives and fantastic racing. Colin Tester having qualified the SGR Racing Renault Clio 20th overall would be looking to keep ahead of the Ronan Quinn Fiesta which would start on the row behind. The bulk of the Class D entrants, including the Box Fast Racing MINI Cooper and the Mazda MX5 entries of Abbitt Motorsport, would all start together from the thirteenth row. Despite having less power compared to the classes above them, Class D provided some of the best racing of the day as they all pushed their cars to the limits around the Silverstone National circuit.

An early retirement for Sam Gay in the G&M Motorsports gave James Gunn-Carter a little breathing room however it wasn’t long before fellow Class C competitor Dan Abbitt began closing the gap - the charging Peugeot 306 making the pass on lap 31. Dan Abbitt would maintin control in Class C steering the Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot to the Class win followed across the line by the Bye Bye Motorsport BMW of Gunn-Carter and Paul Crosby with Cameron Mclean completing the Class C Podium.

Ray and Jordan Honeybone in the Class B Apple Car Centre Clio, having successfully made their way to the front of the pack, would reach the chequered flag first – clinching both the overall race and Class B win! John Lyne joining them on the podium crossing the line second ahead of pole sitters Shawyer and Traviss.

The Class D race would go right down to the wire with Ronan Quinn just edging ahead of the BAD Racing Honda to secure the Class win – just four tenths of a second separating the two. Third in Class D would go to Gary Bradbury and Chris White in the Box Fast Racing MINI.

Chris Mayhew and Richard Thompson would convert their Novice Open class pole into a Class win ahead of Team Pug Racing Steven Sleath and Martin Davies

Classification

Class B

1. Apple Car Centre - Jordan Honeybone & Ray Honeybone
2. Tylah Motorsport - John Lyne 
3. MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer & David Traviss

Class C

1. Abbitt Motorsport - Dan Abbitt
2. Bye Bye Motorsport - Paul Crosby & James Gunn-Carter
3. CM Racing - Cameron McLean

Class D

1. Ronan Quinn Racing - Ronan Quinn
2. BAD Racing - Ben Corby & Harry Corby
3. Box Fast Racing - Gary Bradbury & Christian White

Novice Open

1. RC Racing - Chris Mayhew & Richard Thompson
2. Team Pug Racing - Martin Davies & Steven Sleath

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

OuterLine Racing - Andrew Green & Matthew O'Keeffe

Fastest Lap

MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer & David Traviss - 1:07.859

Race Report

Oulton Park hosted round four of the 2018 Trackday Trophy season with soaring temperatures and brilliant sunshine welcoming teams and drivers to the picturesque Cheshire circuit.

Martin Amery and Keith Gibbs would claim pole position in their Class B Amery Motorsport MINI Cooper; joined on the front row by Colin Tester and Sam Gay in the G&M Motorsport Honda Civic. The GNB Racing BMW of Gary Burstow, together with the Renault Clio of Jordan and Ray Honeybone, would start from the second row.

The Class C pole was secured by Dan Abbitt in the Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot 306 ahead of the Renault Clio of Griffiths and Rogers and the Tylah Motorsport BMW E30 of Dean Hyde.

Martyn and Rob Adams would prove the quickest of the Class D entries in qualifying, just edging out the Abbitt Motorsport pairing of Ben Abbitt and Richard Cooke and the Ford Fiesta of Ronan Quinn and Wil Arif for the class pole.

A lightning quick start would see the Quinn Fiesta pass the Boreham Motorsport MX5 of Martyn and Rob Adams on the approach to turn one. Nick Jackson in the Moores Motors Ford Fiesta also made good progress from the start gaining four places over the course of the opening lap. A charging Alf Hyde in the Class C Tylah Motorsport Fiesta ST would find himself joined by David Slater in his Renault Clio as both cars made their way forward through the field.

Gary Burstow in the GNB Racing BMW, having started from the second row, would soon find himself leading the race having successfully launched the rear wheel drive BMW off the line and up to the front of the pack! The Amery Motorsport MINI would stay with the BMW of Burstow, with the Apple Car Centre Clio following in close pursuit; the Clio making a move and passing the MINI for second place on lap 8 however the MINI would retake the position just three laps later with the Apple Car Centre Clio opting to pit early together with the GNB Racing BMW.

With the pit-stops complete it was the Class B Apple Car Centre Clio that would emerge as the new race leader with less than half a second separating the Clio from the Burstow BMW! The battle for position would continue throughout the second half of the race until an unfortunate retirement just a few laps from end would see the BMW out of the race. Jordan and Ray Honeybone would claim both the overall and the Class B win ahead of John Lyne in his Tylah Motorsport BMW E36 and the Amery Motorsport pairing of Martin Amery and Keith Gibbs.

A fantastic drive from Dan Abbitt would see him take the Class C win and second overall, just five seconds behind the overall race winner and ahead of fellow Class C competitors Dean Hyde and Alf Hyde in their Tylah Motorsport entries.

Class D pole sitters Martyn and Rob Adams would go on to win their class having successfully made their way past the Ronan Quinn Racing fiesta following the pit-stops. Gary Bradbury and Christian White in the Box Fast Racing would complete the Class D podium.

Thomas Seckel and James Seckel in the TJS Racing Intergra Type R would go on to finish tenth overall whilst also securing the Novice Open class win.

Classification

Class B

1. Apple Car Centre - Jordan Honeybone & Ray Honeybone
2. Tylah Motorsport - John Lyne 
3. Amery Motorsport - Martin Amery & Keith Gibbs

Class C

1. Abbitt Motorsport - Dan Abbitt
2. Tylah Motorsport - Dean Hyde
3. Tylah Motorsport - Alf Hyde

Class D

1. Boreham Motorsport - Martyn Adams & Rob Adams
2. Ronan Quinn Racing - Ronan Quinn & Will Arif
3. Box Fast Racing - Gary Bradbury & Christian White

Novice Open

1. TJS Racing - Thomas Seckel & James Seckel

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

Abbitt Motorsport - Dan Abbitt

Fastest Lap

G&M Motorsport - Sam Gay & Colin Tester - 1:59.492

Race Report

Qualifying in the Lincolnshire Wolds was a mixed affair. It was the Mini of Premier Oaklands that came out on top at the hands of Richard Clarke and Lawrence Davey, just ahead of Class B rivals Chris Bialan and Chris Campbell, SW Motorsports Shaun Woods and Tim Evans. Class C Pole was claimed by the Bye Bye Motorsport pair of James Gunn-Carter and Paul Crosby in the BMW Compact, ahead of Dan Abbitt’s Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot 306 and the Blue Bolt Clio of James Clink in third. Ronan Quinn’s Ronan Quinn Racing Fiesta took Class D Pole, with Ben and Harry Corby in the Bad Racing Honda CRX in second and Box Fast Racings Chris White and Gary Bradbury’s Mini in third.

When the lights went out it was a good start from the Premier Oakland’s Mini which saw them hold onto first into turn one. The fast starting Piranha Porsche held second on the narrow start line from the SW Motorsports Civic of Matthew Higginson and David Buky in third. This is how the Class B cars stayed with the Pirahna Porsche managing to stay in second under pressure from the SW Motorsports Civic for the opening laps. On the fourth lap however the SW Motorsports Civic, managed to get the inside line into Mansfield, following a sideways moment by the Porsche and took second on the road.

The Class C pole sitter managed a good start in the BMW Compact, staying ahead of the Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot 306 who had been caught by the faster Class B cars. This put the 306 in the sights on Blue Bolt Racing’s James Clink who spent the first few laps trading places with Abbitt’s 306. This continued until the Peugeot came off under pressure at Barn corner after a close call with Clink at the Hairpin.

In Class D, Ronan Quinn got away from the line well. There was another good start from the Abbitt/McDonald MX5, but with the narrowness of the start/finish straight it stuck against behind the Bad Racing CRX. This allowed the Box Fast Racing Mini and the sister Abbitt Motorsport MX5 of Abbitt and Mitchell to jump them into turn one.  

As the pit window opened, the safety car was called to aid the recovery of a car on the grass at Hall Bends. This caused the pit lane to become a hive of activity as all the cars pitted early in an attempt to gain, or rather not lose, the advantage.

With the dust settling from the pit window, it was the SW Motorsports Civic that appeared in the lead, the Premier Oaklands Mini in second and the Apple Car Centre Clio in third. As the cars negotiated the back markers, the Apple Car Centre Clio managed to find a way past the Premier Oaklands Mini as the latter got caught up behind a slower car. The Race for the lead was now on! Under mounting pressure from the Apple Car Centre Clio, and the Premier Oaklands Mini, the SW Motorsports Civic finally left the door open and the Clio was through. It was to be for nought though as a 5 second penalty relegated the Clio back, not just behind the Civic but also behind the Premier Oaklands Mini for third on the road and second in Class B. The Priahna Team of Bialan and Campbell brought their Class B Porsche home third in class.

Clink in the Blue Bolt Racing Clio again read the Safety Car period well and appeared significantly in the Class C lead and fourth overall on the road. Second were the Bye Bye Motorsport Pair of Gunn-Carter and Crosby, just ahead of the Tylah Motorsport BMW of Hyde in third in class, who fought it out for second until the Tylah BMW finally found a way past the BMW Compact for second in class. This is how it stayed until the flag, with Blue Bolt Racings Clink in first, Tylah Motorsports Dean Hyde in second and Bye Bye Motorsports Gunn-Carter and Crosby in third.

The Class D lead was now with the Abbitt Motorsport pair, Abbitt and Mitchell, who had managed to jump Ronan Quinn Racing in the pit stops, who in turn was ahead of the CRX of Bad Racing and Box Fast Racing. It was all change in the last few laps as the Ronan Quinn Fiesta had managed to catch the Abbitt MX5 and pass it for the lead with two laps to go. As the flag went down Class D finished, Ronan Quinn Racing, Abbitt Motorsport, Box Fast Racing.

Classification

Class B

1. Premier Oaklands Racing - Richard Clarke & Lawrence Davey
2. Apple Car Centre - Jordan Honeybone & Ray Honeybone
3. Piranha - Chris Campbell & Chris Bialan

Class C

1. Blue Bolt Racing - James Clink
2. Tylah Motorsport - Dean Hyde
3. Bye Bye Motorsport - James Gunn-Carter & Paul Crosby

Class D

1. Ronan Quinn Racing - Ronan Quinn
2. Abbitt Motorsport - Ben Abbitt & Jack Mitchell
3. Box Fast Racing - Gary Bradbury & Christian White

Novice Open

1. Team Pug Racing - Martin Davies & Steven Sleath

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

SW Motorsports - David Buky & Matthew Higginson

Fastest Lap

SW Motorsports - David Buky & Matthew Higginson - 1:41.702

Race Report

Matt Shawyer and David Traviss would take the final Trackday Trophy pole position at Rockingham in their Class B MSDT Race Developments Toyota Celica, joined on the front row of the grid by the quickest of the Class C qualifiers Sam Gay and Colin Tester in their G&M Motorsport Honda Civic. Row two on the grid was a Class B lockout with Scott Parkin in the Team Darkside SEAT Ibiza starting ahead of the SW Motorsports Civic Type R of Tim Evans and Shaun Woods.

The Class D pole looked set to go the way of Ronan Quinn Racing until a late charge in qualifying saw Gary Bradbury and Chris White in the Box Fast Racing Mini clinch pole by less than a second.

Jamie Ward proved the quickest of the Novice Open entries and would start from 12th in the KJL Motorsport Fiesta ST ahead of Hannah Gardin and David Smitherham in their Mini Motorsport MINI Cooper.

Polesitters Shawyer and Traviss made a clean start and were quickly leading the field through the banked turn one and onto the Deene Hairpin; the entire field successfully navigating their way through the tightening hairpin corner. With drivers working their way up to full race pace in a busy field a few drivers capitalised on the gaps that began to open and made real ground over the course of the opening lap; Dylan Brychta in the Big Bear Motorsport Seat Ibiza was up to 3rd from 9th on the grid and in pursuit of the Team Darkside Ibiza of Parkin.

Phil Burden was quickly up to speed in his Ford Fiesta and making his way up to 16th from 22nd in just one lap, with the Mini Motorsport Mini of Gardin and Smitherham making similar moves - gaining nine places from the start. Paul Simpson behind the wheel of the Roca Racing Porsche 944 however was clearly in the zone having made up eleven spaces over the first lap.

By the mid-point it was still the MSDT Race Developments Celica of Shawyer and Traviss leading the pack however a good drive by Nick White behind the wheel of his Renault Clio saw him working his way towards the front followed closely by the Seat Ibiza’s of both Brychta and Parkin who had been locked in an intense battle for position from the start – both drivers putting on a fantastic display of close and competitive racing for the spectators!

The MSDT pairing of Shawyer and Traviss would go on to convert their pole position into an overall race win, securing the top step of the podium in Class B. The battle of the Ibizas would see Dylan Brychta just edge ahead of Scott Parkin for second and third in class respectively. Nick White would hold onto the Class C win crossing the finish line second overall. Jonathan Candler, marking his return to Trackday Trophy following an extensive rebuild, secured second in Class C with Stewart Donovan in the Se7en Motorsports Toyota Celica completing the Class C podium.

The pace of Phil Burden proved too much for his fellow Class D competitors, the Fiesta driver claiming the class win ahead of Ronan Quinn and Will Arif in their Fiesta and the Box Fast Racing pairing of Bradbury and White. Jamie Ward would convert his Novice Open pole to a class win with Hannah Gardin and David Smitherham bringing their Mini home second in class.

Classification

Class B

1. MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer & David Traviss
2. Big Bear Motorsport - Dylan Byrchta
3. Team Darkside - Scott Parkin

Class C

1. Nick White Racing - Nick White
2. LionHeart Racing - Jonathan Candler
3. Se7en Motorsports - Stewart Donovan

Class D

1. Supatune Motorsport - Phil Burden
2. Ronan Quinn Racing - Ronan Quinn & Wil Arif
3. Box Fast Racing - Gary Bradbury & Christian White

Novice Open

1. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
2. Mini Motorsport - Hannah Gardin / David Smitheram

Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy

LionHart Motorsport - Jonathan Candler

Fastest Lap

MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer & David Traviss 1:34.045

Race Report

Pole position for the 2018 Trackday Trophy season finale would go to Keith Issatt and Kevin Fulbrook in their Class B SRR Motorsport Mini Cooper S; clinching pole by less than a second ahead of Class C competitor Nick White in his Renault Clio and John Lyne in the Class B Tylah Motorsport BMW E36 with all three teams leaving it until the end of the session to set their fastest times.

The exchange of lap times for the Class D pole was equally close with all eyes on the timing screens as the SGR Racing pairing of Steven Kelly and Shaun Haddrell secured the class pole by just four thousandths of a second ahead of Ronan Quinn in his Ford Fiesta and Rob Burnham in the Supatune Ford Puma.

Thomas Seckel in the TJS Racing Honda Integra proved the quickest of the Novice Open entries in qualifying and would start from seventh on the grid ahead of fellow Class N competitors Chris Mayhew in the RC Racing Renault Clio and Jamie Ward in the KLJ Motorsport Ford Fiesta.

With a full grid of 34 cars poised to take the start there was an anxious energy on the grid however that soon disappeared as drivers eyes began to focus on the start line gantry, engine notes raising this was the start of the 2018 Trackday Trophy season finale!

An unfortunate ‘slide’ through paddock by the SRR Motorsport MINI Cooper would see the car falling back down through the order and ultimately retire from the race on the opening lap, promoting Nick White Racing to race leader.

Jamie Ward was quickly up to speed and making his way through the field following a great start and was soon up into eleventh place having started nineteenth on the grid, eyes firmly set on the Class N pole man Thomas Seckle who was busy holding position as the field made their way through Paddock Hill Bend and up to the Druids hairpin.

Alan Lyne in the Tylah Motorsport Renault Clio was another driver gaining ground from the start, passing the Piranha Porsche of Chris Campbell and Chris Bialan on his way up to seventeenth from twenty second over the course of the opening lap.

David Abbitt and Hayden McDonald were determined to begin closing the gap to the rest of Class D in their Abbitt Motorsport Mazda MX5 and set about making their way through the field; joined by fellow Class D competitor Roshen Singh in the Oscar Mike BMW. The pair of Class D cars making up four places apiece from the start!

Despite starting on the seventeenth row, a fantastic start by Alan Cherry and Philip Shed in the Wilmington Rennsport BMW 330Ci saw them pass between two cars starting on the row ahead before proceeding to take the inside line into paddock, passing the Triple L Motorsport Mazda MX5 before tucking in behind the BMW of Roshen Singh.

The opening of the pit-stop window saw the Brands Hatch pit lane become a flurry of activity as teams and drivers prepared to receive their cars for the mandatory stops and driver changes.

A relieved Nick White would return to the race lead following his stop with a comfortable gap between him and second place; a gap he would maintain until the end of the race taking the chequered flag for the Class C and overall race wins. Brychta would bring the Big Bear Motorsport Ibiza home second overall but at the top of Class B. Dean Hyde in the Tylah Motorsport BMW E30 would follow the Ibiza across the line for third overall and second in Class C.

G&M Motorsports Sam Gay completed the Class C podium brining the Honda Civic across the line fourth overall. John Lyne in The Tylah Motorsport BMW E36, although out of touch with the class leader would settle for second in Class B with David Williams completing the class podium in the Blackjack Motorsport Peugeot 206.

Jamie Ward took the top spot in the Novice Open class, the KJL Motorsport Fiesta crossing the line ahead of RC Racings Chris Mayhew and class pole sitter Thomas Seckel in the TJS Racing Integra.


Classification

Class B

1. Big Bear Motorsport - Dylan Brychta
2. Tylah Motorsport - John Lyne
3. Blackjack Motorsport - David Williams 

Class C

1. Nick White Racing - Nick White
2. Tylah Motorsport - Dean Hyde
3. G&M Motorsport - Sam Gay

Class D

1. Ronan Quinn Racing - Ronan Quinn
2. Supatune - Rob Burnham
3. Abbitt Motorsport - Dave Abbitt & Hayden McDonald

Novice Open

1. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
2. RC Racing - Chris Mayhew
3. TJS Racing - Thomas Seckel

Fastest Lap

Tylah Motorsport - John Lyne 56.177

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