Sat 27 Jul
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Qualifying was a hard fought affair with the top nine cars covered by less than a second. It was however the Apple Car Centre Clio of Ray and Jordan Honeybone who won through ahead of James Goodall in the JRG Racing Golf and Darkside Developments in the Ibiza diesel. Class C pole was taken by newcomer to the Championship, Pro-AM Racing’s Scott Thompson, ahead of TDC regulars G&M Motorsport pair Sam Gay and Colin Tester. Simon Harrison rounded out the Class C top three in the Foz Motorsport Clio. Class D was controlled by the Fiestas, as first came the Greenstar/Supatune team of Rob Burnham and Tom Starkey ahead of KJL Motorsports Jamie Ward. Ronan Quinn was third in the Ronan Quinn Racing car.
From the start it was the Darkside Developments car that was first away, jumping the Apple Car Centre Clio from the second row of the grid. The battle for the lead was fierce, and over the course of the opening lap JRG Racing, Apple Car Centre and G&M Motorsport fought for the podium positions. There was a frightening moment on the start line for Big Skidz Racing Team’s Kester Cook as his Fiesta stalled on the line and failed to get going, luckily the reactions of the cars behind avoided incident.
With the Class C leader mixed up in the battle for the lead, Scott Thompson in the Pro-AM Clio was able to find a gap ahead of Class C third Simon Harrison in the Foz Clio and the White Knight Civic in fourth. Class D remained in the hands of the Fiestas, with the top three reaming unchanged from qualifying over the opening section of the race. Beaufort racings Shaun Andrews and Clive Goldthorpe had an outstanding start however up from tenth in class to fifth in the early stages.
Just as the drivers readied for the pit window, the safety car appeared to recover the Clio or Pro-Am Racing’s Scott Thompson, who had been helped into the gravel trap at Redgate. The drivers waited for the Pit Window signal, but it wasn’t to come as the Safety Car peeled into the pit lane as the signal was given. This halted the expected rush to the pit lane while the teams waited to see what happened next.
First to blink was Bigskidz Racing Team, as Kester Cook brought the Fiesta into the pits, in an attempt to jump back in front of some of the cars lost out to at the start. Also in the pits at this time was the podium placed KJL motorsport Fiesta of Ward and the Renault Clio of Team Norfolk and Kevin Stirling.
Once the dust settled from the pit window, it was the Darkside Developments car that remained in the lead, chased down by the JRG Racing Golf of James Goodall and a flying Kester Cook in the Bigskidz Fiesta. Simon Harrison in the Foz motorsport Clio had now emerged in the lead of Class C, ahead of G&M Motorsport, who had a small buffer to Oliver Owen in the OllySport Renault Clio in third. In Class D the Greenstar/Supatune Fiesta had jumped the pack and were running in front of Neal Foster in the Foz motorsport Clio and early pace setter Ward in the KJL car.
As the flag came down the Darkside Developments car had done just enough to take the win. A recovering Cook in the Bigskidz Fiesta threw all he had at it but had to settle for second, taking James Goodall in the Golf with three laps to go. Goodall had a comfortable third in Class B. The Class C win was claimed by Simon Harrison in the Foz Motorsport Clio, ahead of the G&M Motorsport pair of Sam Gay and Colin Tester. A big late effort by the White Knight Racing team of Aaron Harding and Dave Slater saw them to third and the final class podium position in the dying laps.
Jamie Ward in the KJL Motorsport Fiesta took the Class D win, albeit not on the track as the Greenstar/Supatune Fiesta was handed a 30 second penalty for a short pit stop and finished second in class as a result. Third in class went to 2019 Class D winner Jack Youhill, with a characteristically strong and consistent performance.
|2||Bigskidz Racing Team||B||32|
|6||Apple Car Centre||B||24|
|11||White Knight Racing||C||11|
|13||Lego Racing - 88 Energy||B||5|
|16||Greenstar Racing - Supatune||D||8|
|22||Box Fast Racing||D||6|
|25||Old Boy Racing||D||4|
|27||Finsport, Premier Racing||B||1|
|28||Ginrace - Supatune||D||2|
|31||Ronan Quinn Racing||D||DNF|
|Penalty points applied.||Fastest lap during qualifying.||Fastest lap during race.|
There was a dramatic start to race day, with the early withdrawal of Donington Park Championship front runner JRG Racings James Goodall, who ended the day before it began with technical gremlins. Goodall wasn’t the only car with problems though as the Darkside Developments Seat Ibiza struggled to find form with geometry problems. It was the Championship newcomer Ben Davis, in the Foz Motorsport who took advantage of the gap at the front with a pole time just two tenths of a second ahead of the Norfolk Cars Mini of Neal Clarke and Andy Langley, Chris Howes-Roberts in the Lego Racing 88 Energy Honda Integra rounded out the Class B and overall top three. Foz Motorsport took Class C pole as well with Pete Bennett heading the campaign in that class. The Honda Civic of G&M Motorsports Colin Tester and Sam Gay became the meat in the Class C Foz Motorsport sandwich, with a late effort to take second just ahead of Simon Harrisons Foz Motorsport Clio in third. Class D was dominated by the Fiestas with Ronan Quinn taking the top spot in the Ronan Quinn Racing car, ahead of Tom Starkey in the Greenstar – Supatune car, Phil burden in the sister Supatune car rounded out the top three in Class D.
When the lights went out, the front row of Davis in the Clio and Langley and Clarke in the Mini got away well, but a stalled car on the second row scattered the field. This allowed the Apple Car Centre Clio to climb from seventh, to fourth, and third in Class B just behind the now Class C leader G&M Motorsport who was now in third on the road after finding a way past the Lego Racing Integra round the outside of turn one. The Class C Pole sitter Bennett in the Foz Motorsport Clio managed to hold second in Class C ahead of the sister Foz Clio of Harrison. Class D leaders Quinn and Starkey, second also managed to stay clear of the stalled car, but it was the 93R Motorsport and the Beaufort Fiestas who got the best from the start as they found themselves in third and fourth when the safety car appeared at the end of the opening lap.
As the leaders rounded bombhole corner, the safety car was called to clear the stricken car on the start line.
With the lights on the safety car out, Davis in the lead Foz Motorsport Clio backed the pack up and waited for his moment. That moment came just a corner later at Coram, when a sprinting Davis caught the pack napping only taking the Norfolk Cars Mini with him, albeit a car and a half length behind. Apple Car Centre was pushing hard to catch the leaders, and made their way to third ahead of the Class C leaders G&M Motorsport. This clear air instantly brought the Apple Clio on the pace, and they started closing the gap to the second placed Norfolk Cars Mini. With Lego Racing on their own for fourth in Class B, the battle for fifth down was heating up! With the FTP Motorsport, Redseal Racing, LWD Racing, FinSport Premier Racing and Saxon Motorsport all trying to stake their claim on the “best of the rest” position. Going into the pit stops, it was the Redseal racing BMW of Daniel and Patrick Seal who held the position, ahead of FTP Motorsports Chris Payne.
The Class C lead was held by the Civic of G&M Motorsport, ahead of the chasing Foz Motorsport Clio’s. Pushing hard Bennet in the Clio was trading lap times with the G&M car for most of the first stint of the race, while sister Foz Motorsport Clio was under mounting pressure from the Pro-Am Clio of Thompson and Johansson behind in fourth in class. This was how it stayed until the pit stop window opened, but with the gaps coming down, a good stop would be crucial.
The good start from 2018 Class D Champion 93R Racing saw Jack Youhill hold third in class behind the Fiesta of Starkey until the pit stops. Just behind the Beaufort car fought valiantly, but the Supatune Fiesta of Phil Burden eventually found a way through, as did Mike Devine in the Old Boy Racing Fiesta with a move on the Beaufort Fiesta under pressure in Hamilton Corner. This is how it stayed until the pit stops, with an early stop for the Beaufort car.
When the dust had settled from the pit stops, it was the Davis Foz Motorsport Clio who emerged in the lead. Apple Car center had climbed to second in pit stops ahead of the Norfolk Cars Mini. Fourth in Class B was safe with Lego Racing. Class C had also seen a change in the pits, with the Foz motorsport Clio of Bennett jumping the G&M Civic to take a class lead for the first time in the race. Pro-Am Racing’s Thompson and Johansson had also climbed to third with the retirement of Harrison from the podium place. The top two in Class D remained the same, while third place fell to Burden who had managed to the cutback Youhill with an early stop.
When the flag came down, it was the Clio of Foz Motorsport’s Ben Davis who took his debut TDC win ahead of the Clio of Apple Car Centre. Third in class was held by Norfolk Cars ahead of the Lego Racing – 88 Energy Integra of Howes-Roberts, who had been pushing hard to close the gap following a drive through penalty for the Mini. Class C was won again by Foz Motorsport this time at the hands of Pete Bennett, ahead of the G&M Motorsport Civic Type R and the Pro-AM Clio in third. Class D finished as it started, with Ronan Quinn in the Ronan Quinn Racing Fiesta taking the class win ahead of second places Tom Starkey and Phil Burden in third, four tenths of a second ahead of Youhill in fourth.
|2||Apple Car Centre||B||32|
|5||Lego Racing - 88 Energy||B||25|
|8||Finsport, Premier Racing||B||19|
|12||White Knight Racing||C||9|
|16||Ronan Quinn Racing||D||8|
|17||Greenstar Racing - Supatune||D||6|
|18||Team Bacon Butty Racing||B||1|
|22||Old Boy Racing||D||6|
|27||Ginrace - Supatune||D||2|
|Penalty points applied.||Fastest lap during qualifying.||Fastest lap during race.|