Brands Hatch Indy
Sat 20 Nov
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!
Jonathan Candler took victory at Snetterton after a long battle with Class C rival Alex Boam. Pit stop drama essentially ended Boam’s challenge for the class win as Candler made the most of the situation and stretched his legs in the lead. Third in Class C was Gary Littlewood with a strong showing in the yellow number 57 Fiesta, up from fifth in class on the grid. Pole sitters Charlie Palk and Adrian Pottinger were unable to capitalize on their position as they retired just before the thirty-minute mark.
With the Class C cars up front, the Class B vehicles were struggling to put their power down. Pace setters in qualifying Outerline Racing, were one of the cars struggling as they lost out to finish towards the back of the grid after forty-five minutes, giving the class B win to Stephen Macdonald in the Honda Civic Type R.
A returning Alex Miller, joined this round by John Langridge, took a clean sweep home with class pole, class win and class fastest lap in the Boreham Motorsport MX5. Series regulars in the MR2, Ben Cater and Malcolm Scott held second in class, with Sam Daffin making his debut in Trackday Trophy in the DafSport Fiesta rounding out the top three to take a well-earned podium on the first time of asking.
Oulton Park was the scene for the second round of this year’s Trackday Trophy Championship, and competitors would take on the Cheshire venue’s International circuit.
The morning’s qualifying session saw a Honda Civic front row lockout with Heslop/McHugh touring the 2.69-mile layout quickest of the 26 car grid. Rob Phillips lined up alongside and Dowsett/McKee would start the race from third in their BMW E36 328i.
Once the day’s competition got underway the qualifying protagonists would pull away cleanly, however the hard charging duo of Harding/Slater would move up into third on the fourth lap of the race. Heslop/McHugh would continue to lead the race, pulling out a few seconds per lap on Phillips. With the race approaching the halfway mark numerous competitors began to complete their regulation pit stops. Dowsett/McKee and James Pettener would briefly enjoy turns leading the race before Heslop/McHugh regained control from lap 14.
The duo would go unchallenged for the remainder of the race, going on to secure the race and Class B win. Rob Phillips finished second and secured Class G honors and Dowsett/McKee completed the podium. Sarah Hobson edged out Class C competitor Jonathan Candler for fourth, securing the class win. Jonathan Candler completed the top five in the grid’s only Peugeot.
Other strong performances include M. Adams/R. Adams drive from 21st on the grid to 13th, coming top of the Class D contenders.
John Cooper wins Trackday Trophy at Silverstone Grand Prix
A solid effort from John Cooper in the Ford Fiesta ST saw him climb from fifth in Class qualifying to take the win, in challenging conditions at Silverstone. Seemingly coming with Cooper through the field was the team of Harding and Slater in the freshly finished Honda Civic Type R, just seven days removed from their difficult Oulton Park round, as they finished second in class, up from fourth in qualifying. Third in class and rounding out the Class podium was Matt Nossiter in the BMW 3 series.
Finding pace in the wet weather was crucial, and none did this better than David Mennie in the BMW, up from fourth to take a convincing class win, ahead of Johansson and Thompson in the Clio second in class. The duo of Roan and Richard Lundy took third in class in their Celica, ahead of the group for fourth.
Class D was won by Ben Cater in the MR2, notably without team mate Malcolm Scott this weekend, up from fourth on the class grid in the difficult conditions. The series returnees Abbitt and Mitchell in the MX5 matched the efforts of Cater to take second up from fifth on the class grid, just ahead of regulars Jack Youhill, third and the duo of Andrews and Goldthorpe who took a strong fourth.
Harding and Slater took a hard fought win in changeable conditions at Snetterton. The pair left it late to take the lead, only claiming the top spot from race long leader and eventual Class C runner up Jonathan Candler with three laps to go. Candler, who had claimed pole, in his Class C Peugeot, had to settle for second in class, third overall, following a last lap move from Dan Abbitt to take the Class C win. Third place in Class C went to the Toyota Celica of Stewart Donovan.
With the overall and Class B win going to Harding and Slater, second place was claimed by Matt Nossiter in the BMW, who despite being on the front row of the grid, Nossiter dropped down through the order during the pit stop window.
Class D was won by Jamie Ward in the Fiesta, from pole in class. Second place went to the team of Abbitt and Cochrane in the MX5 up from fifth on the grid. Clive Goldthorpe in the Fiesta rounded out the podium with a strong third place.
The Trackday Trophy wrapped up its 2020 season at the tight and technical Brands Hatch Indy circuit at the weekend, with the final event of the year providing plenty of intrigue from start to finish.
The last qualifying session of 2020 saw Sam Gay/Colin Tester blast their way to pole position, however an issue with their Honda Integra allowed Class C’s Roan Lundy/Richard Lundy to inherit race leading duties.
The race would see the Lundy duo on top form, cleanly getting away from the rest of the grid and going on to stretch the gap out by a few seconds per lap. The pair would lead every lap of the race until they completed their regulation pit stop, before picking their way back through to the front of the field.
Harvey/Pearce was first of the Class B finishers to cross the line with a strong performance seeing them finish second on the road. Dowsett/McKee improved on their ninth place starting position to take the third and final step of the podium. James Wilson and Dan Abbitt finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Other strong showings include those of Ronan Quinn who improved two places on his original grid spot, finishing eighth on the road and taking the Class D victory.