PAYNE TAKES THE WIN BUT PARKIN TAKES THE TITLE

Read the race report from the 2019 season finale

  • PAYNE TAKES THE WIN BUT PARKIN TAKES THE TITLE

PAYNE TAKES THE WIN BUT PARKIN TAKES THE TITLE

Read the race report from the 2019 season finale


It was Davis in the R-Tech Welding Racing Clio who took pole, ahead of his Championship rivals Jordan Honeybone, second in class and third on the road, and Scott Parkin who had to settle for fifth on the road, albeit third in class. Class C “pole” sites, The Honda at the hands of Sam Gay and Colin Tester, claimed some Class B scalps to take second on the road, ahead of Simon Harrison second in class and the pair of Ben Johansson and Scott Thompson who were third in class and just inside the overall top ten. Class D front runner Ronan Quinn once again took Class pole, ahead of Rob Burnham in second just a tenth behind, and Matt Wright in Class D third.

When the lights went out, it was the Clio of Davis that got away best. A great opening sting from the Darkside Developments car saw them climb to second from fifth on the road, just ahead of Jordan Honeybone in the Clio. Class C leader, Sam Gay and Colin Tester fell to fourth over the opening laps, just ahead of Class C rival Simon Harrison in the Foz Clio. A great start for Ronan Quinn in Class D brought him up to sixth, leading class ahead of Rob Burnham second in Class D and Matt Wright, who was under mounting pressure from the Fiesta of Jack Youhill fourth in class.

An early safety car neutralized the race, while the Fiesta of Class D challenger Rob Burnham was recovered from an excursion in the gravel trap.

With the Fiesta now clear the race to the pit stop window was on. Up front, it was Davis in the Clio defending from Scott Parkin, with the part trading lap times less than a second apart. This was how it continued until the window opened and the lead pack jumped for the pits ahead of a second safety car period. The Class C battle was eased when the Honda of Gay and Tester pitted for a puncture, allowing Harrison to escape down the road ahead of Gary Littlewood in and Thompson/Johansson in second and third in class respectively, this is who they stayed until the pit window opened. With Burnham now out of the race Ronan Quinn managed to gap the opposition, with Wright in the Puma and Youhill focusing on the battle for the second place on the podium.

When the dust settled from the pit stop window, it was Davis out in front still, with Parkin just behind. But now thanks to a stop under the safety car, the Caterham of Chris Payne was right there with them. Defend as he might, Davis was unable to keep Payne behind and the Caterham passed for the lead in the latter stages of the race. Davis was also stung with a drive through penalty relegating him to third in class behind Parkin’s Ibiza. This was enough to give the Caterham a convincing lead, and Payne took the final win of the season at Brands Hatch, ahead of Parkin who took second along with the TDC championship. Davis had to settle for third.

Class C leader was able to maintain the gap to second place to maintain the lead and take the win over the line and the Class title. A dramatic end to the race saw the Clio of Johansson and Thompson receive a stop go penalty for a short stop and Littlewood in the Fiesta retire with technical issues. This promoted Paul Simpson in the Porsche to second in class, while the recovering Clio of Thompson and Johansson had to settle for third.

Ronan Quinn took another win in Class D in the Fiesta, also claiming the class title. A good final stint from Steven Kelly and Shaun Haddrell saw them climb to second in class, pipping Matt Wright despite the Puma being the faster car in the latter stages of the race.



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