Sat 20 Jul
Since its debut in 2010, the popular Trackday Trophy (TDT) Series has firmly established itself as the best place for enthusiastic track day drivers and novice racing drivers to start their racing career!
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
Going into qualifying the fight for the top spot was wide open, with eight of the top ten from Donington Park missing or in different vehicles for the Cadwell Park campaign. On a damp circuit in changeable conditions, it was the Class B Renault Clio of Apple Car Centre’s Ray Honeybone that took pole, just three tenths of a second from Class D leader and second overall the Mini of Box Fast racing at the hands of Gary Bradbury and Chris White. Confirming the difficult track conditions, was third on the grid and Class C pole sitter was the CM Racing Clio of Cameron McLean. The jumbled grid continued with Blair Craig of USB Sport taking second in Class D and fourth overall, and Alex Boam in the Boamerang Fiesta coming in fifth, and second in Class C. The Novice Open Class was headed up by Ben Crowther in the Creative Racing Clio ahead of Novice competitor John Clarke in the JC Motorsport Proton.
As the lights went out it was the Apple Car Centre Clio who got off the line best, leaving the Box Fast Mini to battle with CM Racing’s Mclean into turn one. This was a battle the Mini would ultimately lose, having to concede to not just the CM Racing Clio but also the Pro-Tect BMW of Mennie and Gunn-Carter over the course of the first lap. A good launch off the line from the Air Supply Porsche saw the Hogg and Wright driven car climb from tenth to fifth in the early stages, also finally passing the Class D leaders to maintain a strong fourth place. The car on the move was the Boamerang Fiesta though, having bogged down from the start and now having to fight back through the field. Boam, now on a mission was able to recover to fifth in the early stages before starting to chase down the Porsche of Team Air Supply. The Renault Clio in the hands of Novice, Ben Crowther continued to hold first in class, with John Clarke in the JC Motorsport Proton recovering after a slight excursion from the circuit.
As the pit stop window neared the Boam Fiesta saw it’s opportunity and having followed the Air Supply Porsche for the lap, jumped up the inside at the hairpin to snatch fourth place. Drama ensued shortly after this in Class D, with technical gremlins causing the USB Sport 205 GTi of Blair Craig to retire just before the first cars came into the pits.
First to make an early pit stop was the Guest Classed Steel City MX5 of Robert Greensmith. Greensmith was quickly followed in by the Box Fast Mini from the Class D lead, and fellow Class D front runner Kev bird in the sister Steel City MX5. With the pack now fairly spread out the pit stops seemed a formality. A late stop from the leader Apple Car Centre confirmed the case, only an inspired stop from the Hobson Racing allowing them to jump the Mini Motorsport team for third in Class C. mini Motorsport pair of Gardin and Smitheram pushed hard tho, managing to not only close the gap to Hobson in the Celia but to make the move for the final podium place in Class C, with just eight laps to go.
When the chequered flag came down then, it was Honeybone in the Apple Car Centre Clio over the line to take the win, followed by CM Racing’s Cameron McLean for first in Class C and second on the road. James Gunn-Carter and David Mennie in the Pro-Tect BMW took second in Class B and the Air Supply pair of Simon Hogg and George Wright rounded out the Class B podium with a third in Class. Coming home second in Class C was the Boamerang Fiesta of Alex Boam, with Mini Motorsport able to hold onto the third place in class from Sarah Hobson in Hobson Racing who had to settle for fourth in class. In Class D it was the Box Fast Mini of Bradbury and White who made it a lights to flag Class D win, ahead of the MX5 of Kev Bird and the MX5 of Robert Adams and Martyn Adams who took second and third respectively. Novice Open driver, Ben Crowther, for Creative Racing managed to best his Donington second place, taking the Novice Class top spot ahead of second in class, John Clarke of JC Motorsport.
1. Apple Car Centre - Ray Honeybone
2. Pro-Tect Motorsport James Gunn-Carter & Mennie
3. AirSupply - George Wright & Simon Hogg
1. CM Racing - Cameron Mclean
2. Boamerang Racing - Alex Boam
3. Mini Motorsport - Hannah Gardin & David Smitheram
1. Box Fast Racing - Gary Bradbury & Chris White
2. SG Motorsport w/ Steel City MX5 - Kev Bird
3. Boreham Motorsport - Adam & Adams
1. Creative Racing - Ben Crowther
2. JC Motorsport - John Clarke
Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy:
Air Supply - Simon Hogg & George Wright
Fastest lap - Pro-Tect Motorsport - 1:42.858
Lightning struck twice in qualifying, with the Apple Car Centre Renault Clio taking pole and the top spot in Class B for the second event running. SBD Motorsport took second in what regulars will recognise as the Big Skidz Racing Team Fiesta, with Team Norfolk rounding out the top three in Class B. Tucker Motorsport took the Class C “pole” with third overall, ahead of the Nick White Racing Clio and Paul Hatton’s Ford Focus in third in Class C. Class D was led by Colin Tester in the Supatune Puma, with Cooper Motorsport and Boreham Motorsport in second and third respectively. Novice Class was largely dominated by the MAC Racing Civic of Stephen McDonald, Robert Jones took second in class in the Square Foot Racing Mini, with the team of Nick Broom and Lewis Gatt in the PVL Racing Clio taking third.
When the lights went out, a brilliant start from the Tucker Lotus in third saw it jump the front row and take the lead before the first corner. The fast starting George Wright in the Air Supply Porsche was also able to jump up through the field to third over the line on the opening lap. This was to be short lived however with a trip across the grass at Coram relegating the Porsche down through the field. The pace setters in qualifying then set their sights on the leading Lotus, with the Fiesta of SBD Motorsport able to claim the lead on lap six, and the Honeybone Clio following them through for second as the pit window opened. Class C stayed much how it started through the opening phase of the race. With Nick White Racing able to gap the pack fighting for third. The Phat Racing Ford Focus and the CM Racing Clio fought hard, trading lap times until the latter came under mounting pressure from the leading Novice Class Car of MAC Racing’s McDonald causing the CM Racing Clio to defend and drop back from the Focus towards the pit stop window.
The Class D battle was once again fierce, with three different leaders in the first three laps. Class pole sitter was first over the line, with the Butterworth pair of GCB Racing and Cooper in the Cooper Motorsport chasing hard. The effort paid off and the GCB Racing Clio found a way past the Puma to take the lead, followed through by the Cooper Fiesta. Cooper still pushing hard was able to claim the lead in class just one lap later, this was a lead he held until the pit window, as a recovering Supatune Puma caught and eventually passed the GCB Racing Clio for second in class.
Once the dust had settled from the pit window, It was the Apple Car Centre Clio who emerged in the lead, ahead of the SBD Motorsport Fiesta. Just behind the lead pair the fight for third was on with the FTP Motorsport Caterham just ahead of the Team Norfolk Clio. The battle for third raged on until the Norfolk Clio finally found a way past with two laps to go. This proved to be pivotal as a penalty for the race leader Apple Car Centre promoted this to the battle for second over the line. SBD Motorsport rewarded for their excellent effort with a race win. In Class C the battle for the lead was on, Nick White Racing in the Clio and Phat Racing’s Ford Focus were trading lap times, It wasn’t to be for Hatton however as despite maintaining the gap he was unable to challenge Whites Clio who took the win just ahead of Hatton’s Focus. Third in class was claimed by CM Racings Cameron Mclean who overtook the early leading Tucker Motorsport Lotus who was suffering from technical gremlins. Further down the field, the Class D competitors traded places, as the then leading Cooper Motorsport headed into the pits. The hard chasing Supatune Puma took a commanding lead from this point onwards to take the class win, and despite a late push from Cooper in the Fiesta he was only able to catch and not pass the Boreham Motorsport MX5 of Martyn and Robert Adams who held on for second in class on the last lap, Cooper having to settle for third in class. The Novice Class win was taken by Square Foot Racings Robert Jones who managed to keep out of trouble while his competition both retired with three laps to go due to technical issues.
1. SBD Motorsport - Craig Sampson & Kester Cook
2. Team Norfolk - Jonathan Howes & Kevin Stirling
3. FTP Motorsport - Chris Payne
1. Nick White Racing - Nick White
2. PHat Racing - Paul Hatton
3. CM Racing - Cameron McLean
1. Supatune Motorsport - Colin Tester
2. Boreham Motorsport - Martyn Adams & Robert Adams
3. Cooper Motorsport - Gary Cooper
1. Square Foot Racing - Robert Jones
Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy:
Square Foot Racing - Robert Jones
Fastest lap - Race Team - 1:24.714