2016 Results

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2016 Results

Race Report

Kester Cook won the inaugural Trackday Championship race at Snetterton over the Easter weekend, to become the first man to lead the standings for the new championship.

Cook qualified third, behind Mark Flower and Richard Bromley, and his Class S front-wheel-drive Ford Fiesta held the position on the opening lap, behind rear-wheel-drive fast starters James Britton’s BMW M3 (from fourth), and the Porsche Boxster S of Gardner/Mills (from sixth).

Aside from the top two, many of the front-wheel-drive cars benefitted from the wet conditions at the start. This included Darren Goes, whose Seat passed the Boxster for third place early on, eventually finishing in this position, and Ryan Steel, who climbed to second place from 25th on the grid to win Class A after a fine drive.

Despite extremely challenging conditions, the racing was cleanly-fought, however there were several retirements resulting from the wet weather. These included Gardner/Mills’s Boxster, which ended the race in the gravel.

Other class winners included Mark Penny, first in Class B and sixth overall with his Vauxhall VX220, and Class C victors Hobson/Sharp, 14th overall in a Renault Clio.

Cook’s win puts his Big Skidz Racing Team at the top of the standings by one point from Ryan Steel’s Lakeland Motorsport outfit. They have a small but useful advantage over Darren Goes’ Mangoes Racing, six points adrift in third.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1Big Skidz Racing TeamS34
2Lakeland MotorsportA33 
3Mangoes RacingS27
4MCQ MotorsportA26
5WhiteRose RacingA24 
6Back On Track MotorsportB23
7Deadslow MotorsportB21
8Abbitt MotorsportB19
9Mangoes RacingS15 
10GNB RacingB15
11Team Jordancarstorage.com A10
12Amery MotorsportB12 
13Big Bear Motorsport 16A5
14Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingC9 
15Frugal RacingC7
16PHat Racing TeamB5
17OllySportB4
18MAD MotorsportC7 
19RKC/TGMC5
20Supatune MotorsportC4
21Drive MotorsportB3
22M3f RacingS3 
23Team TacticsB2
24Moores MotorsD2 
25Supatune MotorsportD1 
26Ox4 RacingC3
27Big Box Storage RacingC1
28Windgat RacingA1
29Foxx RacingC2
30Pirtek Harlow RacingC1
31Drive MotorsportS1
32Clark RacingB1 
33Apple Car CentreBDNF
34AutoRevive LondonADNF
35Team Air SupplyBDNF
36Lego RacingBDNF
37HT RacingCDNF
38Team DruCDNF
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.

Race Report

Richard Bromley of Drive Motorsport took the win in a hard fought race on the Silverstone National circuit.

Qualifying painted a familiar picture with the BMW’s of Drive Motorsport and M3F Racing once again occupying the front row of the grid, albeit in reverse positions relative to the Round one event at Snetterton. “Best of the rest” was Darren Goes in the 2016 Seat Cup car, but with the third, fourth, fifth and sixth cars all within half a second of Goes, it would all come down to the start.

The session was abruptly stopped in dramatic fashion, following a mechanical failure that sent the number 15 Mangoes Racing Audi of Mark Nenadic backwards into the end of the pit wall at 90MPH. Mark, following a stint in the medical centre, walked away from the incident sore but unhurt.

When the session continued all eyes were on the Class B contingent, as it became clear that the fight for the “class pole” would be fierce. When the flag eventually came down for the end of session the top 9 cars were covered by less than a second! Further down the field, the Supatune Team captured the Class C and Class D “poles” with the duo of Timpson and Tester in the MR2 and the Ford Puma of Jason Francis respectively.

The dramatic scenes followed TDC into the race, as the Foxx Racing VW Golf pulled off the circuit on the Wellington straight to retire with mechanical gremlins on the way to the grid.

With the remainder of the cars lined up on the grid the lights went out and TDC was racing at Silverstone.

From the start the two BMW’s got away well but the Goes Seat Cup bogged down allowing the BMW’s of Dunlop and Norman and James Britton past into turn one. This was short lived however as a lock up by one of the lead BMW’s into Maggots unsighted the Dunlop/Norman car who ran wide, re joining the field just behind the Porsche of Jamie McHugh. Goes then managed to pull past the Class A BMW of James Britton down the Wellington straight, to mount the chase on the leading pair of Bromley and Flower.

This released the Ford Fiesta of Kester Cook to attack the back of Brittons BMW. Following a lap of side-by-side racing and trading positions, Cook finally passed the BMW with a decisive move on entry to Woodcote, making it stick down the start finish straight, temporarily gapping the BMW. Britton, pushing hard kept the Fiesta honest but the power advantage of the Class S car allowed it to pull away until retirement due to a broken CV joint.  

Further down the field the Class B battle erupted from the line with Deadslow Motorsport, Drive Motorsport, Clark Racing and Team AirSupply taking the first corner together. This quartet was quickly joined by Phat Racing, Back on track Motorsport, Lego Racing and GNB Racing who entered the second corner as a group and remained that way for most of the lap. After several failed attempts from the leaders of this Class B group to break away, they slowly started to catch the Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot 306 who was busy battling the Class A Seat of Compaan and Marais. As the cars entered the pit window, the Class B cars were still nose to tail on the circuit. Pit Stops would be important!

Class C was also hotly contested, with the MR2 of the McDougall father and son pairing jumping the Renault Clio of Hobson and Sharp at the start and while chasing after the identical MR2 of Supatune Motorsport.

Up front, the Mangoes Racing Seat fought hard to catch then pass the BMW pair of Flower in second and then early leader Bromley. This released him with some clear air to pull a gap of just over two seconds. Pushing hard in the early stages caught up with Goes however, as he reached the back markers just before the pit window and on lap 15, whether down to traffic of tyre wear, the BMW of Bromley managed to catch the Seat and pull a brilliant pass into Maggots for the race lead.

Once the dust had settled from the pit window shuffle, Bromley emerged in the lead, ahead of Goes and Flower. Flower later passing Goes on the race track for second in class and overall.

The Class B cars were still shuffling for the lead and the closing of the pit window only heightened the battle, with the Team AirSupply Porsche jumping the pack and able to start building a gap. A late coming together between second in class, Phat Racing’s Paul Hatton and third in class, GNB Racing’s Gary Burstow allowed the charging Fiesta of Denslow to capture third in class, as Burstow retired from the race on the last lap. Denslow narrowly missed out on second in class as Hatton limped the focus home.

Four laps from home the charging Class A BMW of James Britton also managed to find a way past the Seat of Goes, as the technical issues that had plagued Goes during his the 2015 season returned seeing the Mangoes Racing driver having to limp home for fourth (third in class).

The remaining Class A podium positions were claimed by the Porsche Boxsters of Team Bacon Butty Racing and Autorevive London, who crossed the line a second apart to take 5th and 6th (second and third in class), with the Bacon Butty car claiming the position with just three laps to go!

It was a lights-to-flag victory in Class D for the Supatune Motorsport Ford Puma of Jason Francis to draw level in the points with Class D rival and Snetterton winner Oli O’Neill in his Ford Fiesta.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1Drive MotorsportS33 
2M3f RacingS28
3WhiteRose RacingA30 
4Mangoes RacingS23 
5Team Bacon Butty RacingA24
6AutoRevive LondonA21
7Team Air SupplyB22 
8Big Bear Motorsport 16A16
9PHat Racing TeamB17
10Deadslow MotorsportB15
11Abbitt MotorsportB14 
12Lego RacingB11
13Windgat RacingA5
14Back On Track MotorsportB8
15Clark RacingB6
16Drive MotorsportB4
17LWD RacingB3
18Amery MotorsportB2
19Apple Car CentreB1
20Supatune MotorsportC8  
21Race Car ConsultantsC5
22Frugal RacingC4
23Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingC3
24Ox4 RacingC2
25Team Jordancarstorage.com A2 
26Supatune MotorsportD2  
27Moores MotorsD1
28Pirtek Harlow RacingC1
29GNB RacingBDNF
30MCQ MotorsportADNF
31Big Bear MotorsportBDNF
32Big Skidz Racing TeamSDNF
33Zenos CarsSDNF
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.

Race Report

Team Big Skidz’s driver Kester Cook took a lights-to-flag victory, in a Rockingham thriller to become the first double overall winner of the 2016 season.

There was a lot of apprehension as the cars entered qualifying. The first lap offered a mix of the familiar green flag, and the red and yellow stripe flags; indicating “less than perfect” conditions for 3 of the more important corners on the banked circuit. Despite the conditions, a hard fought session culminated with Kester Cooks fiesta leading the Class S pack by 4 hundredths of a second ahead of the hard charging Darren Goes, and only two tenths ahead of the Silverstone pole sitter/race winner Richard Bromley. The leading trio were joined by two Class A hopefuls, in the form of the BMW of James Britton and the Porsche of David Gardner and Chris Mills. These two joining the fray meant the top five cars were covered by less than a second when the session was brought to an end.

Further down the order the Class B battle was again one to watch, with the top 4 in class again covered by less than a second. This time it was the rear wheel drive Porsche of the father/son Wright family who beat the Abbitt brothers to the point in class – a reversal of the order at Silverstone. Front wheel drive ruled supreme in Class C, for the first time in 2016 as the duo of House and Andy Tate managed to leapfrog the Snetterton Class C ‘pole sitters’ MAD Motorsport with a late attempt with their fastest time recorded on the 14th lap. Class D laurels went to the Supatune Puma of Jason Francis ahead of the Moores Motors car of Oli O’Neill.

When the lights went off at the start of the race, pole sitter Kester Cook made a great start ahead of a bogged down Seat Cup car of Goes. The rear wheel drive advantage off the line was too great however, and the charging BMW’s of Bromley and Britton and Porsche of Autorevive pair Gardner and Mills engulfing the front row pair in the run to the first corner.

Great starts by the Porsche of Team Bacon Butty Racing and the Seat of Windgat Racing also saw them win in the long run to turn one.

Thirty five into one doesn’t (always) work, and as the cars raced into the Deene Hairpin conscious efforts by the drivers to survive the first corner prevailed; with the only casualty being in the form of O'Neill’s Fiesta dropping its wing mirror - following a lightning start by the number 6 car.

A great start by the VX220 put him in the lead and fighting the class leader Lewis Denslow in the early stages, just ahead of the Wright pairing in their Porsche.

Class C fast starter Colin Tester took the early advantage yet again as he put the Supatune MR2 ahead of its rivals on the first lap, holding the advantage until a move on lap 4 put the MAD motorsport BMW just in front.

Up front the Seat of Goes wrestled its way past Cook, then Britton and the Gardner/Mills car to claim the lead. This was a lead that the charging Goes held up till the pit stop, pitting from the lead with a eleven second lead from the then second place car of Gardner and Mills.

With the pit window open, team tactics started to show as the early stoppers aimed to leapfrog the front runners. In the rush to the pits various drive-through penalties were applied for short stops...

The pit window fell perfectly for the Moores Motors car of O’Neil however, who managed to jump the Supatune Puma of Francis in this stage of the race and maintain the lead of the class till the end.

One of the penalties did manage to fall on the leading Mangoes Racing Seat of Darren Goes, this relegated him from the lead in the latter part of the race. With “it all do” at the end, the charging Goes was pushing on, until mechanical failure put pay to his race bringing out the red flag; gifting a hard fought second 2016 win to the Big Skidz Racing Team Fiesta of Cook.

Class B was narrowly won by the Denslow Fiesta by a fraction over two seconds (after 45 minutes racing) to the Abbitt duo’s Peugeot 306. Class C laurels went to the consistent pairing of father and son McDougals, in the Frugal Racing MR2.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1Big Skidz Racing TeamS32 
2AutoRevive LondonA33  
3WhiteRose RacingA27
4Drive MotorsportS22
5Deadslow MotorsportB25
6Abbitt MotorsportB23
7Back On Track MotorsportB22 
8Team Bacon Butty RacingA16
9Team Air SupplyB18 
10Drive MotorsportB15
11PHat Racing TeamB13
12Amery MotorsportB11
13Apple Car CentreB9
14Clark RacingB7
15Big Bear Motorsport 16A3
16GNB RacingB4
17Frugal RacingC7 
18Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingC5
19LWD RacingB3
20Lakeland MotorsportA1
21Big Bear MotorsportB2
22Supatune MotorsportC4
23Moores MotorsD2
24Supatune MotorsportD1
25Lego RacingB1
26MAD MotorsportC3
27Team DruC2
28HT RacingC2 
29Mangoes RacingS1 
30Team ALN0
31Ox4 RacingCDNS
32Pirtek Harlow RacingCDNS
33MCQ MotorsportADNF
34Windgat RacingADNF
35Mangoes RacingSDNF
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.

Race Report

Flower triumphs in Battle of the BMW’s to bring home his M3 in front of hometown heroes Stenhouse and Darby.

Qualifying painted a familiar picture at Oulton Park with the third all BMW front row of the year. This time the M3F car of Mark Flower was joined by one of the Oulton Park locals, in the form or the charging Class Stenhouse and Darby, veterans of the Cheshire circuit. The pair managed to push the consistent charge of Drive Motorsports Richard Bromley down to third on the grid, by just 0.009 of a second!

Rear wheel drive appeared to be the way to go with Burstows BMW taking the fastest lap in Class B and the Toyota MR2 of Supatune racing duo Tester and Timpson taking the top spot in Class C. Class D was taken by the Ford Fiesta of O’Neill, who just managed to pull just over a second on Jason Francis in the Ford Puma on one lap pace – the lack of Rear wheel drive entrants in the class giving the two Ford’s a free run.

Off the start the BMW’s got away well and held formation through the first section of the lap, The main winner in the first corner was the Autorevive London pairing of Gardner and Mills who jumped from ninth on the grid to fifth on the circuit through Old Hall, taking advantage of the Seat of Goes bogging down on the start.

In the melee of turn one the Class B battle sprung into life with the Porsche of father and son duo Jack and George Wright found themselves in alongside GNB’s Gary Burstow. The two cars jostling for position through Cascades allowed the Amery Motorsport MINI into the fray, resulting in a three-a-breast drag race to Shell Olis Corner which was eventually won by the MINI after GNB’s BMW ran wide at island bend.

A good start from the MR2 of Tester and Timpson and the Ford Fiesta of O’Neill saw them take the advantage on the opening lap to gap their class rivals at the end of lap one.

As the BMW’s pulled a lead at the front a big move in Knickerbrook by Cook saw him past both the Porsche’s of Autorevive London and Clark Racing to take fourth.

Chasing the BMW of Richard Bromley Cook took to the outside of Knickerbrook in which gave him the inside for the second part of the chicane and saw him past the BMW cleanly for third. Undeterred by this the Drive Motorsport BMW kept cook in his sights and with the door open on the inside of Lodge Corner took third back from the Big Skidz Fiesta of Cook.

A recovering Goes was pushing hard to regain the time lost at the start. At the pit stop window the Seat Cup Car had recovered to third having taken the Clark Racing Porsche for fifth at Knickerbrook on lap four, Cook’s Fiesta for fourth under breaking at Old Hall on lap 5 and Bromley’s BMW again into Kinckerbrook the following lap.

The HT Racing pair of House and Tate were chasing the Supatune MR2 from the start, consistently closing the gap. The pair managing to pass the leading Class C car on circuit to take the lead just prior to the pit stop window opening.

In Class D O’Neill managed to stay ahead of championship rival Jason Francis, but Francis pushing hard in the Puma kept the Moores Motors O’Neil honest until the pit window opened, pitting one lap earlier to attempt the cut back.

When the dust settled from the pit stop’s it was the Class A car of Stenhouse and Darby, who retained the lead of the race. Flower in the Class S M3F car consistently closing them down however to make the pass on lap 18 for the lead of the race and eventual overall win, managing to pull out a 5 second lead by the time the flag went down.  

In the closing stages of the race the battle for third, through to sixth was raging, with Britton, Bromley, Cook and a closing in Clark all looking for on track position. Britton running wide in Island bend released both Bromley and Cook through in Shell Oils, where they attempted to gap the Class A contenders.

With all the cars pushing hard for third on the track, a rare mistake from Bromley at Druids Corner on lap 20 gifted third on track to Cook, a position he maintained till the flag. Over the line it finished Cook third, Britton fourth, Clark fifth and Bromley sixth although penalties for track limits promoted Clark and Bromley as Britton fell to sixth in the results.

Class B continued to thrill as the Abbitts who emerged from the pit window third in class fought off the challenges of the Wrights in their Porsche 944 and Mark Penny in the VX220 to take the win. The Class B battle was close from the pit window right through to the flag with all three teams fighting for the same bit of tarmac for the majority. Penny and the Abbitt cars finally managing to gap the wrights Porsche on lap 21. A last lap push from Penny was unable to find a pass the class leading Abbitt Motorsport car as they crossed the line two tenths of a second apart. Track limits came into play again for the VX200 which saw him drop to third in class in the results.

HT Racing never looked back and following their move for the lead prior to the pit stop window, they appeared ahead of the Supatune Motorsport MR2 – a lead they held till the end of the race. 

The Class D battle went right to the line with the two contenders crossing the line in formation. Jason Francis eventually triumphing, following O’Neill’s track limits penalties.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1M3f RacingS34 
2Prestige MotorsportA33  
3Big Skidz Racing TeamS26
4Clark RacingA25
5Drive MotorsportS21
6WhiteRose RacingA20
7Team Bacon Butty RacingA17
8Lakeland MotorsportA14
9Mangoes RacingS13 
10Abbitt MotorsportB15
11Team Air SupplyB13
12Back On Track MotorsportB12 
13Drive MotorsportB8
14Lego RacingB6
15Amery MotorsportB4
16Big Bear MotorsportB2
17HT RacingC3 
18Supatune MotorsportC2
19Foxx RacingC1
20Supatune MotorsportD2 
21Moores MotorsD1 
22Apple Car CentreB1
23GNB RacingB1 
24Deadslow MotorsportBDNF
25AutoRevive LondonADNF
26Big Bear Motorsport 16ADNF
27Windgat RacingADNF
28Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingCDNS
29Team Jordancarstorage.com ADNS
30Zenos CarsSDNS
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.

Race Report

Drive Motorsport’s Richard Bromley sucks up the pressure to win at Donington Park Grand Prix! 

If you had to place a bet on the front row for qualifying, it would surely be on Drive Motorsports’ Richard Bromley! Having never qualified outside of the top three so far this year, his one lap pace was proven again with a pole position, snatched away from Class S rival Darren Goes by a fraction under second to claim his second pole of the season.

Class A “pole” was a much closer affair with the Porsche Boxster of Simon Clark just piping the BMW and class leading car of James Britton by less than a tenth of a second, to make it a Class A second row. Just ahead of the other TDC Porsche Boxster of Andy Ball and the Zenos of Antony Sidney-Woollett who sat menacingly on the third row of the grid.

Under a second separated the Class B top 5, with Mark Penny just leading the way in the VX220; who managed to secure a slot ahead of the Class A car of Dunlop and Norman for good measure.

The 2016 debut of Will Jackson-Moore in the Class C Renault Clio wasn’t enough to put off the field, with MAD Motorsport claiming the class top-spot by almost a second over rivals HT Racing – with the returning Jackson-Moore slotting into a respectable fourth in class, just a tenth behind the VW Golf of Foxx Racing.

Further down the field a late charge by Oliver O’Neill saw him jump Class D rival Jason Francis to pole in class.

 

When the lights went out and the cars started the charge to the first corner it was the Zenos of Sidney-Woollett that stole the march, storming down the inside from the third row of the grid to claim the lead into Redgate. Goes left himself again with it all to do, as he bogged down at the start, and found himself engulfed by the second row. Just behind the Fiesta of Cook managed to jump the Porsche of Bacon Butty Racing at Redgate before making his way past the BMW of Britton later int he lap.

Also bogging down at the start was the 306 of Abbitt Motorsport, allowing the good starts of PHat racing and Deadslow Motorsport to jump the Peugeot in the run to Redgate.

It was Team Airsupply’s Porsche, Lakeland Motorsport’s Saxo and JordanCarStorage’s BMW who found themselves three abreast through Redgate, at the start, squeezing the BMW wide on the exit; allowing the Porsche to just win the run through the Craner Curves, to chase Mark Penny’s VX220 for the Class B lead.

At the end of the first lap the Drive Motorsport M3 managed to regain the lead passing the Zenos on the run to the Fogarty Esses, while under extreme pressure from the Porsche of Simon Clark. A recovering Goes able to jump the Porsche while the pack bunched up under breaking, before climbing up to second at Redgate on the second lap.

The Porsche of the Wrights had managed to not only catch Penny’s VX220 but had also found a way past it in the latter half of the first lap to cement the gain from the good start.

Further down the field a great first lap by HT Racing’s Clio saw them jump the MAD motorsport BMW and steal the Class lead, taking Class C contenders Foxx Racing in the VW Golf, Supatune Motorsports MR2 and Frugal Motorsport MR2 along with them.

Class D “pole sitter” Oliver O’Neill, managed to hold onto his advantage to lead Class D rival Jason Francis in the Supatune Motorsport Puma.

While Goes set off to catch Bromley, the battle for third covered the two Class A cars of Britton and Clark along with the Class S cars of Sidney-Woollett and Cook. With the BMW of Britton momentarily finding his way past the Zenos as the pack again bunched up for the Esses.This was short lived however as the Sidney-Wollett held his line and position on the exit of the corner. Cooks capatilised on this battle and managed to find his way past both cars on the run into the Melbourne Hairpin before finally completing the move on the well positioned Zenos into Goddards to take fourth at the end of lap two. This battle released Clark in the Porsche who was currently sitting in third place, to attack the leaders.

The Porsche of the Wrights seemed comfortable in the Class B lead fighting with Lakeland Motorsports Saxo for the early part of the race. Second in Class B was everyone else, as the Amery Motorsport MINI fought the Fiesta of Deadslow Motorsport and the VX220 of Back on Track Motorsport, with PHat racing just behind in the Ford Focus.

A big moment for Cook on the entry to the Esses on lap three allowed Brittons BMW back into fourth with the ever present Zenos of Sidney Woollett able to jump the Fiesta into the Melbourne Hairpin for fifth. Cook then found himself out of position and locked into a battle with the Porsche of father and son pairing George and Jack Wright, and the Saxo of Lakeland Motorsport’s Ryan Steel. Struggling with a broken alternator, which eventually resulted in retirement; Cook only managed to climb back up to seventh before withdrawing from the race.

Goes in the Seat quickly caught Bromley’s BMW starting the fight for the lead, which saw the pair trade places constantly. This wheel to wheel racing played into the hands of Clark in the Porsche Boxster who was reeling the leaders in, almost passing Goes for second place as he ran wide on the exit of Goddards on lap 5. 

The Safety Car was brought out on lap 6 as Class D contender Jason Francis pulled off the circuit at the Esses with suspension failure, this essentially handed the Class D victory to O’Neill in the Fiesta, which he took, with another strong showing on Donington’s Grand Prix circuit.

The pit stop window opened under the safety car but whether unaware or by design, none of the field made the stop, instead waiting for the restart and the opportunity to pass their rivals on the track. 

The lights on the Safety car went out on lap seven, Bromley still holding the lead backed the pack up through the Melbourne Hairpin before bolting on the run down to Goddards taking just the Seat of Goes with him.  

When the dust settled following the pit stop window, it was the BMW of Richard Bromley who maintained the lead. This was a lead he managed until the finish line, to take not only the overall win but the Class S win as well, albeit under increasing pressure from the Porsche of Simon Clark. Clark managed to bring the gap to the leader down by three seconds a lap over the final three laps, eventually taking the second spot overall to go with his Class A win.

Second in Class A went to James Britton, who held off a late charge by the Saxo of Ryan Steel both finishing just ahead of a struggling Darren Goes who managed to hold on to an important second in class. 

The Wrights Porsche enjoyed a comfortable class win, having a late battle with the Sidney-Woollett, following the Zenos drivers two drive through penalties late in the event, leaving him out of position and looking to recover ground. Second in Class B and tenth over all falling to Hatton in the Focus who lead the MINI of Amery Motorsport over the line by just half a second after forty five minutes racing.

Class C came down to the wire with the fast charging BMW of MAD Motorsport catching HT Racings Clio in the latter stages of the race. The pairing of House and Tate managed to hold on however, to take the top spot in Class C, with the pairing of McKeever and Weymouth having to settle for second place. Will Jackson-Moore putting in an impressive 2016 debut to finish third in class.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1Drive MotorsportS33 
2Clark RacingA33  
3WhiteRose RacingA27
4Lakeland MotorsportA24
5Mangoes RacingS22 
6Team Air SupplyB24 
7Zenos CarsS16
8Team Bacon Butty RacingA15
9PHat Racing TeamB17
10Amery MotorsportB14
11Team Jordancarstorage.com A8
12Lego RacingB9
13Back On Track MotorsportB7 
14LWD RacingB4
15HT RacingC8 
16MAD MotorsportC7 
17Team Banana RacingB6
18Apple Car CentreB1
19RKC/TGMC5
20Frugal RacingC4
21Supatune MotorsportC3
22Team DruC2
23Moores MotorsD1
24Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingC1
25Abbitt MotorsportBDNF
26Deadslow MotorsportBDNF
27Big Bear MotorsportBDNF
28Big Skidz Racing TeamSDNF
29Supatune MotorsportDDNF
30Foxx RacingCDNF
31GNB RacingBDNS
32Pirtek Harlow RacingCDNS
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.

Race Report

Darren Goes takes his 2016 debut win at Brands Hatch

It was a day of firsts for Mangoes Racing’s Darren Goes, having been a familiar face on the front row throughout this year’s fixtures; Darren hadn’t actually claimed a pole position of his own – until Brands Hatch that is. An impressive lap late on in the session saw him ahead of Class S rival Mark Flower in the M3 by just three tenths of a second. The Class A battle was fierce with the top four in class separated by less than half a second, as Simon Clark and Ryan Steel beat the BMW’s of James Britton and Alistair Stenhouse!

Qualifying was again close in Class B with the top four in class separated by just two tenths of a second! The Porsche of the father and son pairing of the Wrights just beating the Abbitt brothers in their 306 who in turn were just ahead of Lewis Denslow in the Fiesta and Gary Burstow in the BMW.

Class C was a little more spread out. Although the top two were still separated by just one tenth of a second (however the struggling Class A BMW of Jordan Car Storage managed to split them on the road), with the remaining pack finding themselves just over a second behind the front runners.

When the lights went out, it was pole sitter Goes who again struggling to get off the line backed the pack on the inside line. This gave the jump to Simon Clark in the Porsche, who managed to move round the outside of Goes and take second place before the corner. A good start from Flower in the M3 giving him the lead. As the concertina effect from Goes start hit, the fast starting BMW or Stenhouse found himself boxed by the M3 of Britton alongside, this also hampered the Zenos of Sidney-Woollett who wasn’t able to make the gain from the start shown last time out at Donington.

Slow starts from the seventh row of the grid also allowed the advantage to Mark Penny and Warren Allen who pounced instantly to pass their rivals on the line, with the Porsche of Jamie Mchugh challenging for position through Paddock Hill. Denslow in the Fiesta made a great start to leapfrog the Abbitt brothers on the run to the first corner, actually challenging the Stenhouse BMW on the outside of the first corner, and again into Druids. The cars were three abreast in the run up to druids, with Mark Penny managing to go round the outside as the Wrights Porsche was squeezed on the apex of the corner.

Denslow finally made the move on the Stenhouse BMW through Graham Hill, where just ahead Team Big Skidz Kester Cook who made a great start to be alongside the Lakeland Motorsport car was still battling with Ryan Steel just managing to secure his space ahead of the Saxo of Steel on the same corner. Further back the concertina effect proved a little too much for GNB’s Gary Burstow who got unsighted by the Abbitt Motorsport 306 and with a big lock up under breaking for Graham Hill, ran wide onto the grass rejoining just behind Oliver Owen in the Clio

Class C contenders Supatune Motorsport and the Frugal Motorsport MR2 of the McDougal’s spent the first lap battling as the Frugal Motorsport car just managed to keep the Supatune car at bay.

Goes was on a mission to recover track position, and by the end of the first lap had managed to work his way past the Clark Racing Porsche and then on lap two past the M3F BMW to take the lead. Britton in the Class A M3 followed Darren through and quickly latched onto the back of the M3F car. This battle released Goes at the front of the field to start building on the advantage.

Lap two saw the fast charging Fiesta of Lego Racing pull off on the run down from Druids Corner with electrical failure.

Up front Cook, proving again to have good race pace, had worked his way up to third, overtaking the Porsche of Clark on lap six. Cook started the chase for second managing to close the gap to Flower before a moment for the Fiesta driver on lap 8 allowed the M3F BMW to escape.

On lap 7 the Lakeland Motorsport Saxo of Ryan Steel, under pressure from the Zenos of Sidney-Woollett overcooked it under breaking into clearways spinning into the gravel. This caused a temporary yellow flag, neutralising the final overtaking point of the circuit.

The Class C battle was still raging as the two title contenders in the respective MR2’s fought for track position, crossing the line on lap 9 side by side and less than 2 hundredths of a second apart; with the RKC/TGM Honda Civic of Coomber and Simmons, keeping a watchful eye over the battle.

As the pit stop window opened it was Darren Goes leading by 5 seconds ahead of the M3 of Mark Flower. Cook took the potion to pit early, coming under pressure on the track from James Britton in the White Rose Racing BMW, the early stop proved to be the correct decision as he managed to not only fend off the White Rose BMW but also jump the M3F BMW having found some clear air following his stop.

This is how they finished with Goes able to keep the creep away from Cook by tenths per lap in the closing stages and Cook able to maintain the gap to Britton. 

The pit stop window also proved pivotal in Class C where the Honda Civic of Simmons and Coomber managed to leapfrog both the MR2’s of Frugal Racing and Supatune Motorsport who finished second and third respectively.

Class B finished how it started with the Wrights just beating Deadlsow Motorsport and GNB Motorsport, by just over a second after 45 minutes of racing. Mark Penny in the VX220 and the Abbitts in the 306 trailing slightly as the flag went down.

The sole Class D car of Jason Francis in the Supatune Puma came home to reprieve the DNF at Donington and draw the Class D battle with the absent Oli O’Neill going into the last round of the season.

Third place (and first in Class A) was enough to see James Britton in the White Rose Racing secure the Class A Championship win, ahead of a late starting Simon Clark in the Clark Racing Porsche.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1Mangoes RacingS36  
2Big Skidz Racing TeamS30
3WhiteRose RacingA29
4M3f RacingS24
5AutoRevive LondonS21
6Clark RacingA23 
7Zenos CarsS16
8Windgat RacingA17
9Team Air SupplyB19  
10Deadslow MotorsportB15
11GNB RacingB13
12Back On Track MotorsportB11
13Abbitt MotorsportB8
14Prestige MotorsportA6 
15MCQ MotorsportA3
16Apple Car CentreB4
17Amery MotorsportB3
18Team Jordancarstorage.com A1
19OllySportB2
20RKC/TGMC6
21LWD RacingB1
22Frugal RacingC7 
23Ox4 RacingC5
24Supatune MotorsportC4
25Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingC3
26Big Box Storage RacingC2
27Supatune MotorsportD1
28Pirtek Harlow RacingC1
29HT RacingC1 
30Team DruCDNF
31PHat Racing TeamBDNF
32Lakeland MotorsportADNF
33Lego RacingBDNF
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.

Race Report

Clark Wins Brands Hatch Finale as Britton is Crowned Champion.

If the drivers were expecting the final of the TDC to be ease they were in for a surprise. The challenging weather conditions set in at Brands Hatch, just prior to the start of qualifying! There were mixed reactions in the paddock as the rain came down with the FWD cars looking slightly pleased with themselves!

As conditions worsened however it was the Porsche Boxster of Simon Clark who managed to settle into a good rhythm first and found the grip on track to tack pole by a second over Big Bear Motorsports Dylan Brychta. Darren Goes claimed the top spot in Class S, just two tenths of a second above Class S rival Kester Cook whom he shared the Class S title battle with – both entering the final round on 122 points!

Class C and Class D were more spread out with the pairing of Hobson and Sharp and Oliver O’Neil taking their respective class “poles” in a reasonably jumbled mid-field.

Championship leader James Britton took third, and while it wasn’t enough to claim class pole; a slot already held by Simon Clark in the Boxster, with the retirement of Mark Flower and Darren Goes claiming the Class S point for class “pole” it was enough to secure the Championship, as the points tally fell in his favour.  

As we headed towards the race, conditions started to brighten slightly. Although the race would still be a wet one, it would not (quite) replicate the season opener at Snetterton! With the cars accumulating in the holding area, it became apparent that there was an issue with car 82 – James Britton! The Champion elect would retire from the race in the holding area, before a wheel was turned in anger with a substantial fuel leak. Britton’s retirement left a gap on the second row of the grid... right in front of the Class S pair who were now solely battling each other for the Class S title!

As the lights went out it was the Ford Fiesta of Kester Cook who gained the most managing to jump the slow starting Seat of Goes into the gap left by James Britton’s BMW. This left the Ford on the inside at Paddock where he managed to cement great moves on both the Saxo of Ryan Steel and the Ibiza of Dylan Brychta to find himself in second by Druids hairpin. Further back a brilliant start by the Porsche of Class B championship leader Jack Wright in the number 48 car was compromised as he negotiated his way between the Seat and the pit wall, eventually getting squeezed just before the apex to Paddock Hill bend.

Further down the grid, it was Mark Penny who look the Class B lead, jumping the pack off the start,to find his way into third by the exit of paddock. Brychta, seeing the Clark Racing Porsche stretching it’s legs at the front knew he had to make short work of the VX220 and managed to squeeze past at druids, making the move stick on the exit, allowing Ryan Steel and Darren Goes to follow through by Graham Hill Bend. Big starts from the Porsche of Class A Jamie McHugh the VW Golf of John Lyne also saw them scythe through the field on lap one.

As the pack moved through the second lap, the safety car was brought out to allow marshals to recover the BMW of Gary Burstow who had found his way into the gravel at Paddock Hill. It was at this point the good start of Abbitt Motorsport was undone as they found themselves on the grass at Graham Hill bend just prior to the Safety Car period.

At the restart, it was Clark in the Boxster how stole the march on the chasing pack, with Brychta hounding Cook for second place through paddock hill, and McHugh passing Penny just over the line for sixth.

Further down the road, the McDougal MR2 was fighting the Moores Motors fiesta and the Supatune Puma, this time with Dean Hyde behind the wheel. The Supatune MR2 of Tester had started reeling in the Class C leaders Hobson and Sharp in the Clio, and O’Neil was struggling to escape the on form Puma of Jason Francis in the Class D battle

As the pit window opened, it was Cook who blinked first; pitting early to gain the undercut on the Clark Racing Porsche. Clark Pitting the lap later in reaction to cooks stop. As Cook crossed the start finish straight, Clark was released but ultimately lost out to the Fiesta who was already up to race pace. Clark would now have to pass the Fiesta of Cook on the circuit to gain the technical lead of the race!

It took four laps for Clark to find a way past, but he managed to pass Cook on the inside at Paddock on lap 19. This was just in time to see the number 19 Car of Dylan Brychta emerge from the pit lane just in front of both the Porsche and the Fiesta to take the technical lead of the race. Brychta gaining the advantage in the pits as the leading pair slowed each other down squabbling on the track.

Class B was tight going into the pit window, with the Wrights Porsche, Penny’s VX220 and the Fiesta of Denslow, covered by three seconds on the track as Denslow and Penny jumped into the pit lane at the same time, leaving the Porsche of the Wrights who had not yet been to the pits temporarily in the lead of the race. Pitting late proved to be the right decision as the second safety car of the race slowed the cars on circuit and the wrights returned to the circuit still first in class.

With the safety car again brought into play, of the Pirtek Harlow Racing Car who has also managed to join the BMW of GNB racing in the gravel at Paddock Hill. This not only neutralised the fierce battle for the lead of the race, but also allowed the two Class S contenders to become nose to tail on track for the first time since the start of the race. It would be a straight race to the line for the class title.

The race wasn’t done however, as Clark in the Porsche wanted the win! After many attempted overtakes by Clark, you had to assume the Brychta had done enough defensively. Clark wasn’t out of tricks however and on the penultimate lap managed to find a way past the Big Bear Motorsport Seat to retake the lead for the first time since the pit stop with one lap to go. This was a lead he maintained, under pressure from Brychta until the end; second overall marking a great return to form for the Big Bear Motorsport driver.  

In the challenging conditions it was the Fiesta of Kester Cook that managed to build the gap to Goes and take third place overall. This was enough to seal the “runner up” slot in the Championship and the Class S title; Goes in turn cementing yet another good season by taking third in the Championship overall, and second in Class S.

Class B title leaders Jack and George Wright maintained the class lead from the restart only to be caught and passed by Denslow in the Fiesta. It was a move that proved pivotal for Denslow as it helped him jump from fourth in the Class B title hunt up to second; with the Wright pairing still earning enough points to hold onto the Class title. Mark Penny lost out during the safety car period but battled back to gain 10th overall and third in Class B.

It was a relatively comfortable class win for Colin Tester in the Supatune Motorsport MR2, who despite a late charge from the Clio or Hobson and Sharp managed to hold on to the lead and earn just enough points to take the Class C title. The Frugal Motorsport MR2 fought valiantly to third in class and 19th overall, despite dramas earlier in the race resulting in a long pit stop.

Despite a late charge by the Class D Puma of Jason Francis, following the safety car period the gap was too big to close, and O’Neil took the Class win and title.

To see the 2016 Trackday Championship Champion and Class Winners please click here.

Race Results

Pos Name Class Pts
1Clark RacingA36  
2Big Bear Motorsport 16A30
3Big Skidz Racing TeamS25 
4Mangoes RacingS23 
5Lakeland MotorsportA22
6Deadslow MotorsportB20
7MCQ MotorsportA19
8Team Air SupplyB17  
9Windgat RacingA14
10Back On Track MotorsportB12
11Supatune MotorsportC11 
12Track Focus / Sandsfoot RacingC8 
13PHat Racing TeamB5
14LWD RacingB3
15Moores MotorsD3 
16Frugal RacingC1
17Supatune MotorsportD1 
18Pirtek Harlow RacingCDNF
19Ox4 RacingCDNF
20Abbitt MotorsportBDNF
21GNB RacingBDNF
22WhiteRose RacingADNS
23M3f RacingSDNS
 Penalty points applied.  Fastest lap during qualifying.  Fastest lap during race.
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