Sun 24 Apr
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Donington Park was the scene of the opening round of the 2021 Trackday Championship at the weekend and it was twin brothers Scott and Ryan Parkin who shone in qualifying, producing a dominant performance in their Volkswagen Golf. Their efforts were good enough for pole position, beating Class B competitor David Guthrie’s Ford Fiesta by 1.444 seconds who lined up alongside.
A clean getaway for the front two saw them stay in position, however a great opening lap for Marco Ricci saw the Ford Fiesta ace charge from eighth on the grid to third. The order remained unchanged for the opening couple of laps, however frantic attacks came from all angles as a battle for third begun. Meanwhile, at the front of the race the Parkin brothers began to extend their lead, distancing themselves from the rest of the field before an unfortunate visit to the gravel trap resulted in an early retirement.
The original third place starters of Sam Gay and Colin Tester were the ones to reap the rewards of their opponent’s misfortune, immediately taking control of the race and extending their advantage after completing their mandatory pit stop. The G&M Motorsport Honda Integra went on to take the overall race and class win, followed by Class C’s Cameron McLean in second. Paul McHugh piloted his Honda Civic to the third and final step of the podium, whilst also finishing second in Class B. Dan Abbitt secured fourth and took second in Class C, edging out class C rival Alex Boam who finished fifth on the road and third in class.
Class D honors went the way of James and Rob Burnham who finished twelfth on the road, and Toby Hotston finished one place behind in thirteenth to take home the Class G win.
Spectators at Brands Hatch were treated to a packed race at the weekend when Trackday Trophy and SuperCup competitors took on the Grand Prix circuit for a joint race. Thirty-nine cars took to the track for what was a busy qualifying session on the Kent circuit’s longer layout, with Gary Hufford’s time of 1:58.224s securing him pole position. Nick Jackson finished just 0.385s behind in his Seat Supercopa to complete the front row.
Nick Jackson got the best start out of the pair, heading into the race lead on the opening lap, whilst an unlucky opening few laps saw Hufford drop down the order before retiring from the race. Jackson did well to hold the rest of the field behind, with a tense battle for second unravelling in his rear view mirror with the race order changing nearly every lap.
A well-timed decision for Darren Goes saw the Honda Integra wheelman complete his pit stop early on, giving him enough clean air to take control of the race whilst his opponents pitted. Goes’ stellar driving saw him remain unchallenged for the race lead, taking the chequered flag on his 20th tour of the circuit.
Previous race leader Nick Jackson finished the contest in second place, followed by Scott and Ryan Parkin in third who also took the Class A win.
Fourth over the line was Patrick and Daniel Seal, followed by Sam Gay and Colin Tester who finished fifth on the road and first of the Class B contenders.
A.Bradley/R.Bradley, Tom Starkey/Paul Harvey, Rob Dowsett/Sam McKee and Dave Connell all took Class G, TB, TC and TD wins respectively.
The MSVT Trackday Trophy took a trip to Silverstone at the weekend for round three of this year’s championship, and it was an enthralling battle between Ryan Parkin/Scott Parkin and Sam Gay/Colin Tester that dominated the morning’s qualifying session. It was Gay/Tester who shone the most, setting a trio of fastest laps late in the session, narrowly edging out the Darkside Developments duo to take pole position by just 0.051s.
When the race got underway the weather had changed, with a series of rain spells set to plague the race. However, remaining undetermined as ever, Gay/Tester would lead the field for the opening three laps of the 45-minute contest, attempting to hold off the hard charging Parkin brothers, before ceding the position on lap four.
Stewart Donovan started highest up the grid in Class C from fourth on the road, with fellow class competitor Cameron McLean never more than just a few seconds behind.
Just as competitors began to make complete their mandatory pit stop a change in weather brought heavy rain showers to the Towcester circuit. A safety car period followed suit to retrieve the Porsche Boxster of Chris Waltenspul from the gravel trap at the exit of Copse.
This brought a busy period of cars changing position as they lined up behind the safety car, raring to go at the sight of a green flag. Once racing resumed the Parkin brothers remained unchallenged at the front and went on to secure the top step of the podium. Next would follow a triplet of Hondas, with Gay/Tester in second in their Integra, and Paul McHugh completing the podium in his Civic.
Dan Abbitt finished in fourth in his Integra, followed by Stewart Donovan who finished fifth in his Toyota Celica, taking home the Class C win.
Class D’s Alister Esam managed to improve on his twelfth place start, completing the race in tenth on the road, picking up Class D honors in the process.
Oulton Park saw a Honda Integra DC5 lock out, as the G&M Motorsport Integra led home the Abbitt Racing Integra for first and second.
The pole sitting Civic of Disklok Racing had shown good pace in second place on the road, until a mishap through cascades saw the car cut through the fosters loop, essentially putting them a lap down and out of contention.
This opened up the Class B podium and the Civic of TSR was ready for the opportunity, holding off Big Bear’s Ibiza to take third behind the two DC5’s.
Class C saw Hobson Racing take back-to-back Class C victories following a successful Silverstone campaign a week prior, ahead of a returning TJS Racing in their DC2 Integra who had managed to hold onto the second place in class from qualifying. Third in Class C was the Class pole sitter Alex Boam
Class D saw a great effort from Scuderia Dave, who not only took first in class but also third overall, ahead of some fast charging Class B machinery. The Class D podium was completed by Boreham Motorsport’s Mx5, second, who beat the Moores Motors Fiesta by less than a second.