Donington Park National
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Frugal Racing win and take the Championship Lead
Frugal Racing win and take the Championship Lead
Mon 20 August 2018
Qualifying was a mixed bag. The Frugal Racing Caterham claimed pole ahead of the Seat EuroCup’s of OMG and Mangoes Racing, with less than a second covering the top three. Class A pole was taken by a returning Lakeland Motorsport ahead of the Goblin Racing Seats in second and third in class. Piranha took the Class B pole, with the MINI of Premier Oaklands pipping the GNB and Tylah Motorsport BMW’s for third and fourth. An excellent lap from Deadslow Motorsport took Class C pole, with DLR Motorsport Team Norfolk, G&M Motorsport and Tylah Motorsports BMW all finishing within six tenths of a second of each other for second to fifth n class. Class D Pole was claimed by 93R Motorsport, ahead of Supatunes Puma and the SGR Clio in third.
As the lights went out it was a slow start from the OMG Seat EuroCup that allowed the fast starting BMW M3 of Autorevive London pair Gardner and Mills round the outside into second, just behind the Frugal Racing Caterham. Also able to capitalise was the Class A leading car of Lakeland Motorsport, who was also able to jump the Seat and climb to fourth over the lead lap.
Class B saw the BMW’s unable to beat the Piranha Porsche off the line, with Tylah Motorsport joined this time by the Premier Oaklands MINI. Both having to follow the Porsche of Bialan and Campbell through Paddock and into Druids, just ahead of GNB Racing.
Class C saw the Fiesta of Deadslow Motorsport keep a commanding class lead. A good start from the G&M Motorsport Civic, put them fourth in class from the start, climbing to third after finding a way past the Team Norfolk Fiesta in the run along pilgrims drop.
In Class D although the pole sitter 93R Motorsport got away well, driver Jack Youhill instantly found himself bunched up behind a slow starter in the midfield, getting stuck behind a Clio then Caterham. This gave a short-lived Class D lead to the Supatune Puma of Starkey and Burnham, before Beaufort Racing Fiesta got past into Graham Hill.
The Caterham and the Autorevive BMW now able to stretch their legs out in front, were starting to gap the field and were taking the Mangoes Racing Seat with them.
Class A leader Ryan Steel in the Lakeland Motorsport Saxo was doing a stellar job in fourth before contact between the Saxo and the recovering OMG Seat EuroCup of Steve Gales at Surtees allowed the Goblin Motorsport Seat of Martyn Culley through for the Class A lead. This was a lead he’d hold until the pit stop window.
In Class B the fight for the lead was tight as Tylah Motorsports John Lyne and Permier Oaklands Racing pari Davy and Clarke had managed to get past the Pirahna Porsche at Dingle Dell in the run up to Sheene to take the class lead and demote the Porsche to third in class. The Class B top three seemingly glued together were racing hard right up to the stops, with the remaining three of the top six just behind, as the BMW’s chased down the Permire Oaklands MINI. They fought over the top six positions until the pit window.
Class C’ s and Tylah Motorsports Dean Hyde was chasing the Deadslow Motorsport Fiesta, and managed to take the class C lead in the run through to Clearways as the cars re-entered the Indy circuit under the bridge. The pair battled with G&M Motorsport until engine gremlins force Deadslow Motorsport to retire from third in class. As the pit stop window neared the G&M Motorsport civic, found a way past the past the Tylah Motorsport Dean BMW at hawthorns for the Class C lead
In Class D the lead was closely fought with SGR Racing challenging Supatune Motorsport in most corners. This was short lived as the SGR Clio was forced to retire with engine failure before the pit stop window. The Fiestas were all over each other as 93R Motorsport, Wings ltd. and Beaufort Racing all traded lap times within seconds of each other and crucially the lead.
Just as the dust was settling from the pit stop window, the Autorevive London BMW had a total suspension failure as it was chasing down the Frugal Racing Caterham and was forced to retire taking the pressure off the class S and race leader.
Martyn Culley now in the Class A lead, reappeared from the pit lane with a healthy lead over the sister Goblin Racing Seat at the hands of Barrie Culley.
From the pit lane it was the GNB Racing BMW that emerged in the lead. This was helped by the rest of Class B fighting over second. With the Apple Car Centre Team, Tylah Motorsports BMW and the Premier Oaklands MINI trading lap times and positions.
G&M Civic ahead of the Tylah Dean BMW after the pits, Dean gets past G&M Motorsport as the leaders come round to lap them
The Supatune Puma kept the class lead after the pit stops and seemed to be able to manage the gap to second. In second was the Fiesta of 93R Motorsport, who under increasing pressure from Beaufort Racing in third place.
As the flag dropped, it was the Caterham of Frugal Motorsport that took a lights to flag victory, ahead of Mangoes Racings Darren Goes in the Seat Eurocup and Warren Allen in the Team ALN Porsche.
Class A was won my sole finisher Martyn Culley, following the effective retirement of the sister Goblin Racing Seat.
The Class B victory went to GNB Racing Gary Burstow, with Second place going to the Premier Oaklands Mini team of Lawrence Davey and Richard Clarke. Third place came down to the wire, with Tylah Motorsports John Lyne finishing just ahead of the chasing Apple Car Centres Clio of Ray and Jordan Honeybone in fourth and Team Darksides Scott Parkin in the Seat Ibiza in fifth, who all crossed the line nose to tail.
Despite a late charge by the G&M Motorsport Civic, they were unable to catch the Tylah Motorsport BMW of Dean Hyde who took the class win ahead of the Civic. The Team Norfolk Fiesta coming home in a comfortable third place.
Class D finished the way it started with the top three in class trading lap limes right to the flag. The Class win was taken by the Supatune Puma of Burnham and Starkey, ahead of the 93R Motorsport Fiesta of Jack Youhill in second and the Beaufort Racing Fiesta of Shaun Andrews