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.
1. MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer & David Traviss
2. Big Bear Motorsport - Dylan Byrchta
3. Team Darkside - Scott Parkin
1. Nick White Racing - Nick White
2. LionHeart Racing - Jonathan Candler
3. Se7en Motorsports - Stewart Donovan
1. Supatune Motorsport - Phil Burden
2. Ronan Quinn Racing - Ronan Quinn & Wil Arif
3. Box Fast Racing - Gary Bradbury & Christian White
1. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
2. Mini Motorsport - Hannah Gardin / David Smitheram
Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy
LionHart Motorsport - Jonathan Candler
MSDT Race Developments - Matt Shawyer & David Traviss 1:34.045
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