Donington Park National
Sun 19 Apr
Read the race report from Round 6
Read the race report from Round 6
Sat 07 September 2019
Qualifying saw the Class C team of Sam Gay and Mike Bushell secure a narrow pole margin. Second on the grid was Class B’s David Graves and Matt Swaffer in his BMW 1 Series, only two hundredths of a second behind the Class C pole sitter. Second in Class B was the BigBear Motorsport Ibiza of Dylan Brychta, with the AirSupply Team of Simon Hogg and George Wright third in class. Class C second went to the Honda Civic of Paul Harvey and Tom Starkey, with Paul Simpson taking third in class in the Porsche. Class D pole went the way of Jamie Ward in his Fiesta, ahead of Clive Powel in the MK5 second, and Ben Corbey in the Honda CRX. Novice Open pole was claimed by Tom and James Seckel, with Tom King and David Smitheram second, and Julian Hamer coming home third in class.
With the lights out, it was Graves and Swaffer’s BMW who made the best getaway, closely followed by pole sitters Gay and Bushell. Just behind, Brychta held onto third in class, but ultimately lost out to the charging Elise of James and Paul Tucker, who had climbed up from eighth to third, then second over the opening laps of the race.
In Class D, class pole sitter Ward in the Fiesta got away well, but second in class Clive Powels in the Mazda MX5 was slowly closing the gap. The lead Class D cars able to take advantage of the three-way battle for third that saw Jim Hart in the MX%, Martyn and Rob Adams also in a MX5, and Ben Corby in the Honda all exchanging places.
Novice leader was the team of James and Thomas Seckel in the Integra. Second and third were the team of Tom King and David Smitheram in the RX8 and Lewis Gatt and Nick Broom in the Clio. The battle for second on the road would lead to the two teams trading places over the opening sector of the race.
As the race progressed, there was a change for the lead, with the Class C car of James and Paul Tucker, able to find a way past the Honda of Gay and Bushell to lead the race and Class C. The lead only lasted a few laps as Gay and Bushell managed to find a way past to regain a lead that they held until the pit window.
In Class B, Graves and Swaffer managed to hold a slight lead into the pit window, over Brychta’s Ibiza. It was now much closed behind the Class leading pair, as The Fiesta of Darren Burke and Rikki Taylor were right with the chasing Freddie and William Lynch and the Porsche of George Wright and Simon Hogg, as the window opened.
Class D remained largely unchanged, but Ben Corby in the Honda managed to hold third in class until the pit window, just ahead of the MX5 of Rob and Martin Adams in the MX5.
While Seckel still led the novice class, the team of King and Smitheram had managed to gap third in class Broom and Gatt leading into the stops.
With the pit window now well open, there was a safety car period to recover a car lost to the gravel trap up on the top loop. This brought the remaining field in.
When the dust settled from the pit window and following the safety car period, it was once again the Class C leading team of Gay and Bushell who emerged in the lead, this was a lead they managed to maintain until the flag, and took a convincing win ahead of the field. David Graves was second and leading Class B, ahead of Brychta second in class and Burke and Taylor in third. Despite showing good pace, Brychta was unable to keep the Fiesta of Burke and Taylor behind him, and with two laps left lost out to the Fiesta pair. Over the line it was Graves and Swaffer taking the class win, Burke and Taylor second and Brychta having to settle for third.
Gay and Bushell took the win in Class C, with the team of James and Paul Tucker doing enough for second in class. Third was still hotly contested however, with the consistent Paul Hatton in contention with the Honda of Paul Harvey and Tom Starkey. With two laps to go Hatton made his move and made it stick. Over the line Hatton took third, leaving the team of Starkey and Harvey in fourth in class.
The Novice win went to Thomas and James Seckel, but second was only secured by Broom and Gatt in the Clio with three laps left! With the pair finding a way past King and Smitheram’s RX8 relegating the Mazda to third in class.
1. Graves Motorsport - David Graves & Matthew Swaffer
2. DMR Motorsport - Darren Burke & Rikki Taylor
3. Big Bear Motorsport - Dylan Brychta
1. G&M Motorsport - Sam Gay & Mike Bushell
2. Tucker Motorsport - James Tucker & Paul Tucker
3. PHat Racing - Paul Hatton
1. KJL Motorsport - Jamie Ward
2. Tucker motorsport - Clive Powels
3. BAD Racing - Ben Corbey
1.TJS Racing - James Seckel & Tom Seckel
2. PVL Racing - Nick Broom & Lewis Gatt
3. Racelife - David Smitheram & Tom King
Stephen Brown Memorial Trophy:
DMR Motorsport - Darren Burke & Rikki Taylor
Fastest lap - Graves Motorsport - 1:44.664