It was back to business for the Gibbs brothers in the RJ Developments BMW as they claimed a second pole of the season at Silverstone, again ahead of Steve Gales Seat in second. Darren Goes took third in the Mangoes Racing Seat with Snetterton Pole sitter Frugal Racing having to settle for fourth.
In Class A it was Martyn Culley who took class pole in the Goblin Motorsport Cupra R, ahead of Barton Motorsports VW in second and Barrie Culley in the sister Goblin Motorsport Cupra R in third.
As the race starts and the lights went out, it was the BMW of RJ Developments that got the best start, closely followed by the Frugal Racing Caterham that managed to jump both Seat Leon Eurocups off the line. Also with a characteristically good start, was the AutoRevive London BMW who also managed to jump the Seats of Goes and Gales into Copse corner.
As the cars ran up to turn two Maggotts it was the Seat of Mangoes Racing Darren Goes who looked to be on the move, challenging the identical Seta of OMG’s Steve Gales, Gales obviously unsighted moved to defend sending Goes onto the grass, Narrowly avoiding contact with the AutoRevive BMW. This gifted the sister Mangoes Seat Supercopa of Mangoes Mark Nenadic fourth place, from seventh.
In Class A, it was the VW Cup of Barton Motorsport that had the best getaway, able to jump the Goblin Motorsport Cupra R of Martyn Culley for first in class. Now in front of the Mangoes Racing Seat of Goes as he recovered from the excursion at Maggotts corner. Culley however was right with them and managed to jump the Barton VW before the end of the second lap
The top three, now with a gap to Nenadic in fourth came to Brooklands as one. Team ALN’s Warren Allen managed to jump the Frugal Caterham on the inside of Brooklands to take second place, but this was short lived as the Caterham managed to switch sides to move round the outside into Luffield and regain the position, until Copse when the Cayman of Allen was back up the inside of the Caterham for second once again.
In Class A, Barrie Culley retired his Goblin Motorsport Cupra R from third in class, as the Barton Motorsport VW and Martyn Culley in the sister Goblin Cupra R traded lap times right up to the pit stop window, where Martyn had managed to gap the VW just in time to pit.
Up to the pit window the BMW of RJ Developments, Porsche Cayman of Team ALN and the Caterham of Frugal Racing fought hard as the Mangoes Racing Super Copa in fourth drew ever-closer. By Lap 11 Nenadic was well and truly at the party as second and third battled it out, ultimately slowing themselves down. In a carbon copy of the opening laps, Nenadic managed to get the Seat up the inside to Brooklands only to have the nimble Caterham round the outside through Luffield. Luckily for the Seat driver he was also able to make the move stick into Copse and held third, just. The recovering sister Mangoes Seat of Darren Goes was now also in the battle for second, and managed to jump the Caterham to challenge the Nenadic car to the pit stop window
After the pit stops, it was the RJ Developments BMW that appeared in the lead, just ahead of the Mangoes Racing Supercopa of Mark Nenadic. The lead cars traded times until the Seat of Nenadic had to take to the pits once more for a drive through penalty due to a short stop. This was the last serious challenge the Gibbs brothers had as Frugal Racing and Team ALN battled for second place, after the Caterham had managed to catch the Porsche. This culminated in a move on the last corner of the last lap as the Frugal Caterham finally found a way past, around the outside of Luffield to just beat the Team ALN Porsche in a drag race to the chequered flag.
Further down the field it was Mangoes Racing’s Nenadic who took fourth in his Supercopa, ahead of the OMG Supercopa of Macleod and Obineche, following Mangoes Racings Darren Goes retirement to the pit lane.
In Class A, drama ensued as Barton Motorsport took the lead and then win in class with seven laps to go as Martyn Culley pulled to the side of the road, retiring the Goblin Cupra R from the class lead.
Donington and Snetterton pole sitter GNR Racing’s Gary Burstow made it three for three, as he again claimed pole in a close battle that saw the top four covered by less than a second. Porshce 944’s completed the top three, with the Team AirSupply Porsche just beating the Piranha car. In Class C the Fiestas sandwiched the G&M Motorsport Civic as Deadslow Motorsport took the class pole and Team Norfolk took third. There was a fiesta sandwich in Class D too, as the 93R Motorsport Fiesta took class pole ahead of the Box Fast Racing MINI in second and Supatune Fiesta in third.
Off the line at the start, the Team Airsupply Porsche bogged down, scattering the field behind them. This gave GNB Racing the lead into Copse corner. Just behind the Renault Clio Cup of Apple Car Centre made a great start to draw alongside the Team Hearing Dogs MINI of Pete Jokinen, they stayed side by side until the Jokinen MINI ran wide on the exit of Maggotts corner. The Class B fight was on though as the Tylah Motorsport BMW, now under pressure from the Apple Car Centre Clio tried to break away from the chasing trio of Deadslow Motorsport, Lego Racing, and G&M Motorsport.
As the cars came up to the pit window, the Deadslow Motorsport had managed to close the gap on the Apple Car Centre Clio as they slowed in traffic, but was unable to pass the Honeybone Clio on the road before pitting – rejoining behind the Redseal Racing BMW of Chris Greenwood and Daniel Seal.
The close racing would continue throughout the field following the pit stops. Gary Burstow, having led for the first half of the race would be looking to convert his pole position into the overall win however Team Air Supply were hoping to claw back some time and make a challenge for the lead, whilst also defending their position from Pete Jokinen in his BMW Cooper S. The pace of Bustow would however prove too much and the distance too great to close over the final laps; the GNB Racing BMW reaching the chequered flag some forty seconds ahead of the Team Airsupply Porsche securing the overall and Class B win with second going to the pairing of Hogg and Wright, themselves just keeping ahead of Jokinen in third.
Further down the field it was the Honda Civic of G&M Motorsport’s Sam Gay and Colin Tester that would claim the Class C win ahead of Kevin Stirling in second and the DLR Motorsport pairing of Tom Rogers and John Griffiths. The trio of cars carrying every scrap of speed they could in a final dash to the line!
A strong drive from Phil Burden saw him clinch the Class D victory in his Ford Fiesta followed by Rob Burnham and Tom Starkey in the Supatune Ford Puma. Roger Everett completing the Class podium in the Wings Ltd. Fiesta.