THE TDC 2019 SEASON STARTS HERE

READ THE ROUND 1 DONINGTON PARK RACE REPORT

  • THE TDC 2019 SEASON STARTS HERE

THE TDC 2019 SEASON STARTS HERE

READ THE ROUND 1 DONINGTON PARK RACE REPORT


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.



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