Read The Race Report From Round 5
Sun 18 August 2019
Pole sitters Darkside Developments set the early pace in qualifying, in clear air having lead the pack out of assembly. This early lap was enough to secure pole for the Class B Ibiza. Cook of Team Big Skidz, and the Porsche of AirSupply, had to settle for second and third on the grid respectively despite a late charge for both cars. Class C “pole” went to the team of James Gunn-Carter and David Mennie in the Protect Motorsport BMW, who were less than a second ahead of Nick White in his Nick White Racing Clio. Third in Class was series returnee Stewart Donovan in the Toyota Celica. BAD Motorsport set the Class D pace in the Honda CRX, ahead of KJL Motorsport’s Jamie Ward in the Fiesta and the Boreham Motorsport MX5 of Martyn and Rob Adams. Novice pole was claimed by Moores Motors pair, Grant Grove and Elliot Newman.
When the lights went out it was the Big Skidz Fiesta of Kester Cook who got away best, from second on the grid, able to jump his pole sitting Class B rival into turn one. This started a battle for the lead which continued until the pit window, with Darkside, Big Skidz and team AirSupply all taking turns to lead on the Grand Prix circuit. Following a mistake, the Darkside Ibiza, had it all to do as the Parkin brothers found themselves down to fifth just before the pit window opened.
In Class C, it was Nick White Racing who much like his Class B counterpart, was able to jump the "pole" sitting Class C car of Protect Motorsport. With a gap, and a few Class B challengers between them, the Nick White Racing Clio was able to hold the advantage, albeit under mounting pressure until the pit stop window. Further back Stewart Donovan in the Se7en Motorsport Celica, found himself in a battle for third with Paul Harvey and Sam Gay in the G&M Racing Honda Civic. The pair trading lap times until the pit window opened.
In Class D, all eyes were on the chasing pack, as the KJL Motorsport Fiesta of Jamie Ward had managed to get off up the road in the lead. Class pole was not the place to be on Sunday as another pole sitting car, this time BAD racing’s Ben Corby, lost out to second in class and had to lead the chase over the opening part of the race. The GCB Racing Clio of Craig and Gary Butterworth was just behind Corby, and in a close fight with USB Sports Blair Craig as the pair traded position over the opening laps. Although Jamie in the Fiesta was able to hold the Class D lead into the pit window, the same couldn’t be said for the rest of the field, and after a dramatic couple of laps, the Boreham Motorsport MX5 found it’s pace and took third in class ahead of the USB Sport 205 GTi Of Blair Craig, with the GCB Racing Clio retiring.
With the dust now settling from the pit stop window, It was the Fiesta of Big Skidz Racing Team that emerged in the lead. A strong drive, aided by long pit stops for other competitors, meant that the Darkside Developments Ibiza had recovered to second in class, and overall. The fight was on for third in Class B though, as the FinSport Renault Clio and the AirSupply Porsche battled for position. As the flag came down it was the Big Skidz Fiesta of Cook that took the win, Darkside Developments Ibiza, in the hands of Ryan and Scott Parkin in second, and Alex Tait in the FinSport Clio who managed to hold off the Porsche of George Wright and Simon Hogg in third. Wright and Hogg having to settle for fourth.
The Class C battle was back on as soon as the pit window closed, with the Protect Motorsport Pair of Gunn-Carter and Mennie on the bumper of Nick White in the Clio. With only a few laps left, the BMW found a way past to snatch the Class lead, a lead they held until the flag. Stewart Donovan maintained third in class just ahead of LionHeart Racing’s Jonathan Candler, who in turn held off a late charge to finish just ahead of the pack. This pack included G&M Motorsport pairing Gay and Harvey, and Paul Hatton in the Phat Racing Focus, who finished together on the line in fourth and fifth respectively.
Class D was all to play for, with BAD racing able to take the lead of the class in the pits. KJL motorsport’s Jamie Ward was pushing hard and closing the gap to the class leaders. The fight for third was still strong as both Boreham Motorsport pair Martyn and Rob Adams, and USB Sport’s Blair Craig had their eyes set on a podium finish. With the last lap in sight KJL’s Jamie Ward had closed the gap, and with the Honda CRX in sight, Ward managed to pass the BAD Racing car of Corby and take the lead. This was something that Adams had hoped for as well, but with the flag out they had to settle for fourth one tenth of a second behind the 205 GTi of USB’s Blair Craig in third, with Jamie Ward taking the Class D win.
A strong race from Moores Motors saw Novice pair Grant Grove and Elliot Newman take the Novice Class win in the Fiesta.
1. SBD Motorsport - Kester Cook
2. Darkside Developments - Scott Parkin & Ryan Parkin
3. Finsport - Alex Tait
1. Pro-Tect Motorsport - David Mennie & James Gunn-Carter
2. Nick White Racing - Nick White
3. Se7en Motorsport - Stewart Donovan
1. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
2. BAD Racing - Ben Corbey
3.USB Sport - Blair Craig
1. Moores Motors - Grant Grove & Elliot Newman
Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy:
Moores Motors - Robert Quantrell
Fastest lap - Race Team - 2:33.091