Trackday Trophy qualifying saw the returning BMW Compact of JGC Motorsport take overall pole for the first time, as the now Class B challenger was able to edge out Tucker Motorsport’s Class C Lotus Elise by just three tenths of a second. Second in Class and third on the road was the TDC winning Ibiza of Darkside Developments two tenth ahead of third and fourth in class, SW Motorsports and Apple Car Centre respectively. It was family pair of James and Paul Tucker then that claimed Class C pole ahead of series stalwart Nick White, in the Nick White Racing Clio and the first of the G&M Motorsport Class C Civic’s in third in class. Class D was also close with KJL Motorsports Jamie Ward taking pole in his fiesta just half a second ahead of the second Tucker Motorsport car, the MX5 of James Tucker and Liz Walton, the Greenstar/Supatune team of Rob Burnham and Tom Starkey rounded out the top three in the orange and black Fiesta. The Novice Class Pole was taken by MAC Racings Stephen Macdonald, ahead of the Square Foot Racing pair of Michael and Robert Jones and third in class Ben Crowther in the Creative Racing Clio.
As the lights went out it was the BMW of JGC Motorsport got away best, holding the lead from the fast starting Lotus Elise of Tucker Motorsport who was challenging on the outside. Rounding out the top three was the Darkside Developments Ibiza who coming into Redgate lost the lead mid corner, allowing the Clio of Apple Car Centre through for third with Kester Cook of Bigskidz Racing Team close behind for fourth. With Tucker in the Elise up the road, the Class C battle focused on second in Class, with Nick White Racing ahead of Cameron Mclean’s CM Racing Clio. The gap here narrowed coming out of Redgate corner as the field moved to the inside to avoid the spinning Ibiza. This concertina affect allowed CM Racing to get the run on White going down through the Craner Curves, launching what was ultimately an unsuccessful passing attempt that saw the pair side by side from Old Hairpin right through to McLeans corner. In Class D it was the Mx5 of Tucker Motorsport that made the best start, jumping to first in class on the run into Redgate just ahead of the pole sitter KJL Motorsport. Gary Cooper in the Cooper Motorsport Fiesta also made a great start jumping to third in class by the corner, but it was all change as the field rounded Redgate for the first time, as a broadside Darkside Developments scattered the rear of the field with Tucker Motorsport taking to the gravel in avoidance and losing ground. This gave KJL the class lead just ahead of Cooper and BAD Racing’s Ben Corbey now in second and third. The Novice Class leaders were now right together as the Square Foot Racing Mini made a great start and capitalised on the MAC Racing Civic having to take avoiding action in Redgate.
An early safety car period brought racing to a halt while the marshal team recovered the stricken Ibiza at turn one. When the race resumed it was the BMW of JGC under pressure from the Class C leading Lotus out front. This is a position James Gunn-Carter in the BMW held until just before the pit-stops as the Lotus managed to find a way past as the leaders caught the back markers. Apple Car Centre Clio of Ray and Jordan Honeybone and the Bigskidz Racing Team Fiesta of Denslow and Sampson were close behind, and fighting for second in Class B. The pair traded lap times until the Bigskidz Fiesta was able to find a way past, and now in clear air gapped the Honeybone Clio. The Class D lead stayed with KJL’s Fiesta at the hands of Jamie Ward, helped by the second place Class D car of Cooper Motorsport being caught up in a Class C battle. BAD Racing, GCB Racing and Box Fast racing were all in third.
Just as the pit stop window opened, a second safety car period to recover a car from the gravel at Craner Curves brought most of the field into the pits for their mandatory pit stop.
When the dust settled, it was Gunn-Carter in the BMW back in the lead, ahead of Big Bear Motorsport’s Dylan Brychta, who with a well-timed pit stop had leaped to second in class and second on the road. The Apple Car Centre Clio was now a close behind third. The BMW Compact of Gunn-Carter had done enough though, and when the flag came down claimed the first Trackday Trophy win of the year, and Class B victory. Despite a dramatic final lap, in changeable conditions, the Big Bear Ibiza of Brychta managed to hold onto second, with the Apple Car Centre settling for third in Class B. It was Class C’s Nick White racing though who made the big move, that saw White pass not just the Class B podium sitter Honeybone, but also the then Class C leader G&M Motorsport to relegate the Civic to second in class with just two corners to go! Third in Class C went to a strong effort by CM Racing’s Cameron Mclean.
The Class D lead was maintained by KJL’s Ward in the Fiesta, who spent the latter part of the race locked in a fierce battle with BAD Motorsport in the Honda CRX. Although trading lap times through the whole of the second half of the race, Ward the Class leader did just enough to hold off Corbey to take the class victory. Class D third was taken by the Greenstar/Supatune Fiesta who, despite a late charge from Cooper Motorsport managed to get to the line ahead. Cooper running out of laps and having to settle for fourth in class.
The win in the Novice Class went to Stephen Macdonald in the MAC Racing Civic, ahead of second in class, Ben Crowther in the Creative Racing Clio and third, and Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy winner, Square Foot Racing’s Robert and Michael Jones in their Mini, who had to make a late stop with a faulty boot lid.
1. JGC Motorsport - James Gunn-Carter
2. Big Bear Motorsport - Dylan Brychta
3. Apple Car Centre - Ray Honeybone & Jordan Honeybone
1. Nick White Racing - Nick White
2. G&M Motorsport - Sam Gay & Colin Tester
3. CM Racing - Cameron Mclean
1. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
2. BAD Racing - Ben Corbey
3. GreenStar/Supatune - Rob Burnham & Tom Starkey
1. MAD Racing - Stephen MacDonald
2. Creative Racing - Ben Crowther
3. Square Foot Racing - Robert Jones & Michael Jones
Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy:
Square Foot Racing - Robert Jones & Michael Jones
Fastest lap - JGC Motorsport - 1:20.845