RJ Developments win the Mini Festival

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RJ Developments win the Mini Festival

Class S and A Round 2 Race Report

Mon 14 May 2018

Qualifying showed a return to form for the Frugal Racing Caterham as it took pole, ahead of Donington pole sitter RJ Developments. Third on the grid was the Autorevive BMW ahead of the first of the Seats, Mangoes racing Mark Nenadic. The Class A Pole was captured by Goblin Motorsports Martyn Culley, with the Porsche Boxster of Team Bacon Butty splitting the two Goblin Seats to take second in class.

At the start the Caterham and the BMW’s got a characteristically good start. The Seat of Mangoes Racings Mark Nenadic managed to hold off the sister car of Darren Goes as he fought the Porsche Cayman of Team ALN. This lasted a lap however as next time round the door was open into Richies corner and Goes was coming through.

The drama in Class A started before the race start as on the green flag lap the Barton Motorsport VW Cup lost a boost pipe and had to retire to the paddock. From the start Martyn Culley managed to hold the class lead with Rich Hughes in the Team Bacon Butty Porsche just able to hold off Barrie Culley in the sister Golbin Racing Seat.  

As the Mangoes Racing Seats battled it out, the BMW’s of RJ Developments and Autorevive London were in their own fight for second in class and overall. The two battles for second and fourth, allowed the Frugal Caterham to gap the field as the pit stops loomed near

With the pit window in sight, the lead Class A car of Martyn Culley managed to maintain the gap to the Bacon Butty Porsche in second and Barrie Culley in third.

After the stops, the Caterham was still in the lead but it was the AutoRevive BMW who emerged in second, able to jump but not gap the RJ Developments car in the pits. The Mangoes cars, now inseparable having pitted together and emerged from the pits still together, were still fighting hard for fourth.

Martyn Culley managed to maintain the Class A lead during the pit stop window, with the sister Goblin car of Barrie Culley falling behind the Bacon Butty Porsche, having made a very late stop.

With three laps left to go, drama ensued in Class S as the Frugal Caterham retired from the lead, this sparked the change as a lap later the RJ Developments BMW took the AutoRevive London BMW for the lead. The pair fought to the line, but a 30 second time penalty for an alleged short pit stop relegated the AutoRevive BMW to fourth. The Seats of Mangoes Racing finished as they started with Darren Goes crossing the line to take an eventual second place ahead of the sister Seat of Mark Nenadic in third - just four tenths of a second behind.

Over the line it was a lights to flag victory for Martin Culley, and a strong second place for Team Bacon Butty. Confusion on a pit stop infringement lead Barrie Culley to retire from third in class just before the flag.


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