Welsh and Mcerlean "Raw" to victory

Class B, C and D Round 1 Race Report

  • Welsh and Mcerlean


Class B, C and D Round 1 Race Report

Qualifying was an all BMW affair at the top with the GNB Motorsport setting early form with a lap time that proved too hard to topple. The Raw Motorsport BMW of Welsh and Mcerlean came close however, but ended just over a tenth short. The Class C pole was taken by the PSR pair of Wood and Danzey, three tenths ahead of the fellow Clio of Tracktards duo of Hoey and Langeveld. In Class D it was a late fast lap by Youhill in the 93R Fiesta that took pole, ahead for the Supatune Puma of Burnham and Starkey.

When the lights went out, it was the fast starting Supatune MR2 that took the lead, battling it out with GNB’s Gary Burstow through Redgate. This lasted less than a lap however, as the MR2 ran wide on the exit of Coppice corner and fell out of the top ten. The battle for the lead however was far from over as the Raw Motorsport 3 series managed to find a way past the leader GNB Motorsport through the craner curves. Just behind the BMW of Tylah Motorsport’s John Lyne, under constant pressure from the SW Motorsports Civic of Woods and Evans.

Class C saw a good start from the Tracktards duo of Langeveld and Hoey, who managed to close up to class leader on the first lap. This fast start was matched however by Alf Hyde in the Tylah Motorsport Fiesta who was by now up to tenth overall and third in class from twenty first on the grid. The sister Tylah car, the BMW of Dean Hyde, was just a few spaces behind fighting the Fiesta of Team Norfolk driven by Kevin Stirling. This was a fight that BMW ultimately won in the opening phase, managing to pull away from the Stirling Fiesta to catch the Fiesta of Hyde to make the pass on the third lap. Hyde’s Fiesta was caught by the Stirling Fiesta who also made the pass one lap later. Right in the middle of the fight for first in class the PSR car slowed. Technical gremlins brought them into the pits, and then later forced their retirement.

In Class D, it was the MINI Cooper of Bradbury and White that had the best of the start, coming from fourth in class to take the class lead over the opening lap. Class pole sitter Youhill had to settle back into third in class until mounting a comeback to re-take the Wings ltd Fiesta of Broad and Everett on lap two. The Supatune Puma of Burnham and Starkey, although slow off the start recovered to third in class before retiring on lap 7.

As the pit window neared, the Raw Motorsport BMW was able to maintain the lead over the GNB Motorsport. Pushing hard the back got away from Burstow in the chasing car and the GNB BMW ended up beached in the gravel trap, gifting second place to Tylah Motorsports John Lyne. Luckily a live snatch was on hand to keep the racing going while the stricken GNB car was removed to safety.  An early stop by the Class B Supatune Toyota MR2 of Tester and Timpson started off the pit stops. The MR2 was followed into the pits by the Team Norfolk Fiesta of Stirling from Class C, and a lap later by then third in Class Alf Hyde in his Tylah Motorsport Fiesta. These early stops paid dividends as within a few laps the safety car was scrambled to help with the recovery of the retired Supatune MR2 which had pulled off at the Old Hairpin.

With the majority of the field able to pit under the safety car, it was the Raw Motorsport BMW how managed the gap to take the Class B and Overall win, just in front of a closing Lyne in the Tylah Motorsport Class B BMW. Pete Jokinen took third in class B and overall. In Class C it was Lewis Denslow in the Deadslow Fiesta who was just ahead of the Team Norfolk car. The Tylah Fiesta of Hyde was also closing in. It soon became apparent that Denslow had received a drive through penalty for a short pit stop. This effectively handed the win to Stirling, who was able to hold off a late charge from Hyde to take the Class C victory, Hyde in the Tylah Fiesta took second, and DLR Motorsport in third. Denslow having to settle for fourth in Class C. In Class D it was the Fiesta of Youhill that took the win, just ahead of the Box Fast Racing MINI Of White and Bradbury. Third in Class D was all still to play for however as the wings ltd Fiesta, went past the Moores Motors Fiesta on the last lap to take its place on the last step of the podium.

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