Qualifying was a mixed bag. The session started dry, but as the lead cars rounded the last corner on lap three the rain came. This as would be expected played into the hands of the cars able to get a fast lap in straight away with the top 20 cars all getting their “hot lap” on lap 2 or 3! It was Darren Goes in the Mangoes Racing Seat who took the overall Pole, ahead of Class A front runner Simon Clark in the Clark Racing Porsche. Class C leader took full advantage of the situation to take 7th overall, just ahead of the Class B pole sitter Team Air Supply. Class D was lead by the Simply Cars duo of John Cooper and Alastair Kellett
When the lights went out it was the RWD Porsche of Clark Racing who got off to the best start, stealing the march on the pack with a convincing lead into Richies. Goes in the Seat again bogged down from the start, allowing the Caterham of Frugal racing to get in front and the Lakeland Motorsport Saxo of Ryan Steel alongside.
Already starting out of position, the leading Class C Clio of PSR managed a good launch but got boxed in by the slower starting cars in front allowing the pack through into the first corner. The fast starting and Class B lead Kingston University Caterham, jumping them on the second phase of the start and taking Tylah Motorsports John Lyne and The Team Air Supply Porsche of Jack and George Wright, for second and third in Class B respectively.
This movement on the allowed the Class C cars of PSR, team Norfolk, HT Racing and Norfolk n’ Chance to bunch up. A brave move round the outside from the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio saw Slater go from fourth in class to the class lead in Richies as the HT Racing Clio lost out under breaking.
The Class D trio left the line as they had started, with the Simply Cars Fiesta trading lap times with the Supatune Puma but ultimately able to gap the second in class Jason Francis.
Burstow in the GNB BMW had a great start to the race, with the BMW climbing from 23rd on the grid to second in class and tenth on the road by the second lap! This started a three way battle for the Class lead with fellow Class B racers, Team Air Supply in the Porsche and the Kingston University Caterham.
As the race continued, it was the PSR Clio who was able to pull a couple of seconds on the three other class runners as he managed to find a way past Tylah Motorsports John Lyne while still under pressure from the Norfolk n’ Chance and team Norfolk cars. This proved pivotal as the pit window opened.
Seeing that the pit window was immanent the Supatune Puma brought the gap down to Class D leader to just two seconds.
As the pit window opened, it was the Mangoes Racing Seat that pitted first from the lead, followed in by the Porsche of Simon Clark. This allowed the Frugal Racing Caterham into the race lead for the first time. This was a lead they maintained through the pit stop period of the race, but a penalty for a short pit stop dropped the Frugal duo back to third.
Team Air Supply pitted first in the Class B lead battle, followed by the Kingston University and then GNB Racing on the following laps. With a good stop it was the Team Air Supply Porsche that made the most of the stops and was able to jump the Kingston University Caterham for second in class as the Caterham appeared from the pit lane.
In Class C the team Norfolk car jumped into the pits for the attempted cut back on the class leaders. HT Racing and Norfolk n’ Chance responded the next lap with stops of their own, able to appear from the pits following their stops just ahead of the Fiesta. PSR pitted the following lap but appeared from the pit lane still first in class but with the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio right with it. As they battled for the class lead the Norfolk Clio was forced to retire with clutch gremlins.
Following the good form prior to the pit stops, it was the Supatune Puma on the move in Class D, as he started to reel in the class leading Fiesta of Cooper and Kellett.
As the flag dropped, it was the Seat of Mangoes racing that took the top spot with a second straight win in the TDC. The Class A Porsche of Simon Clarke in second ahead of the third overall and second in Class A Caterham of Frugal Racing.
In Class B, how they left the pits was how they crossed the line, with GNB Racing able to take a convincing win ahead of the battling pair of Team Air Supply and Kingston University. The Kingston University Caterham stayed within a second of the Porsche for majority of the latter part of the race but was unable to find a way past.
Under mounting pressure from the chasing cars, the PSR Clio had a big moment through Coram which allowed both the HT Racing Clio and the team Norfolk Fiesta past on the pit straight. Despite a valiant effort, the PSR Car had to settle for third in class just half a second behind the Class winning Clio of HT Racing and tenths behind the team Norfolk Fiesta, who came home in second in class despite their own wobble in Coram on the last lap!
In Class D it was the Simply Cars Fiesta of Cooper and Kellett who took the class win; just ahead of the Supatune Puma of Jason Francis, despite a late charge from the Puma which saw him close the gap to the Class leading car. Paul Burn in the Moores Motors Fiesta came home third in class.