26 April 2022

Trackday Trophy roared into life for a twelfth successive year on Sunday 25th April 2022. Silverstone was the venue for an action-packed day of on-track battling, competitive racing and sunshine. There was a fantastic atmosphere amongst the paddock throughout the day, as many new faces were welcomed by series veterans. TDT were delighted to again boast a full-grid for the event, with forty challengers vying for the first trophies of the year.

Proceedings on Sunday begun with a 25 minute Qualifying session, offering competitors the opportunity to put their machinery to the test for the first time in TDT this year. It became quickly apparent that the competition for pole position was going to be tight, with some blistering lap times being set down early doors. It was Stewart Donovan who claimed the honors of 2022’s first pole position, with his Toyota Celica setting a commanding 1:06:989 on his 18th lap of Silverstone’s National Circuit. Semprini’s first qualifying outing in their new Honda Civic ended in delight for the team, as they lined up second on the grid, narrowly ahead of R&R Racing – who qualified first in Class B. TJS Racing and Boreham Motorsport (Midlands) both put in impressive lap times that were good enough for qualifying first in class C and D respectively. The competitiveness of the grid was so close that Unique Racing and TJS qualified 4th and 5th on track with exactly the same the lap time!

The race managed to prove even more exciting than Qualifying, as an epic battle at the front between Unique Racing’s Charlie Palk and Se7en Motorsport’s Stewart Donovan ensued from after their pit stops for the remainder of the 38 laps. On the penultimate lap Palk managed to get the decisive pass on Donavan to take the first winners trophy of 2022, finishing just 0.3secs ahead!

R&R Racing’s Read duo took the final step of the podium, after a solid display in their VW Golf. Class C was triumphed by JPRacing’s Pascall and McKee pairing, who finished fourth on the road –impressive when you consider it was only Pascall’s third-ever race. In Class D an incredibly strong day for Rob and Martyn Adams saw the Boreham Motorsport (Midlands) secure the first Class Grand Slam of TDT in 2022, after mustering pole position, fastest lap and race win.

EST Performance’s Hayes duo secured the final spot on the Class B podium, with GS Racing’s Gareth Sockett and D.P.Service Racing’s Damian Chrupczlaski rounding off the Class C podium. Jak Fuller and Jack Hargraves (Boreham Motorsport) completed the Class D podium. Congrats to all of our podium finishers, who all put in fantastic drives!

There were some equally impressive drives outside of the podium places too and there will be plenty challenging for trophies at Cadwell next month.

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