Drive Motorsport win at Silverstone

Bromley wins an action packed Silverstone race, as title contenders suffer 'DNFs'

  • Drive Motorsport win at Silverstone


Bromley wins an action packed Silverstone race, as title contenders suffer 'DNFs'

Richard Bromley of Drive Motorsport took the win in a hard fought race on the Silverstone National circuit.

Qualifying painted a familiar picture with the BMW’s of Drive Motorsport and M3F Racing once again occupying the front row of the grid, albeit in reverse positions relative to the Round one event at Snetterton. “Best of the rest” was Darren Goes in the 2016 Seat Cup car, but with the third, fourth, fifth and sixth cars all within half a second of Goes, it would all come down to the start.

The session was abruptly stopped in dramatic fashion, following a mechanical failure that sent the number 15 Mangoes Racing Audi of Mark Nenadic backwards into the end of the pit wall at 90MPH. Mark, following a stint in the medical centre, walked away from the incident sore but unhurt.

When the session continued all eyes were on the Class B contingent, as it became clear that the fight for the “class pole” would be fierce. When the flag eventually came down for the end of session the top 9 cars were covered by less than a second! Further down the field, the Supatune Team captured the Class C and Class D “poles” with the duo of Timpson and Tester in the MR2 and the Ford Puma of Jason Francis respectively.

The dramatic scenes followed TDC into the race, as the Foxx Racing VW Golf pulled off the circuit on the Wellington straight to retire with mechanical gremlins on the way to the grid.

With the remainder of the cars lined up on the grid the lights went out and TDC was racing at Silverstone.

From the start the two BMW’s got away well but the Goes Seat Cup bogged down allowing the BMW’s of Dunlop and Norman and James Britton past into turn one. This was short lived however as a lock up by one of the lead BMW’s into Maggots unsighted the Dunlop/Norman car who ran wide, re joining the field just behind the Porsche of Jamie McHugh. Goes then managed to pull past the Class A BMW of James Britton down the Wellington straight, to mount the chase on the leading pair of Bromley and Flower.

This released the Ford Fiesta of Kester Cook to attack the back of Brittons BMW. Following a lap of side-by-side racing and trading positions, Cook finally passed the BMW with a decisive move on entry to Woodcote, making it stick down the start finish straight, temporarily gapping the BMW. Britton, pushing hard kept the Fiesta honest but the power advantage of the Class S car allowed it to pull away until retirement due to a broken CV joint.  

Further down the field the Class B battle erupted from the line with Deadslow Motorsport, Drive Motorsport, Clark Racing and Team AirSupply taking the first corner together. This quartet was quickly joined by Phat Racing, Back on track Motorsport, Lego Racing and GNB Racing who entered the second corner as a group and remained that way for most of the lap. After several failed attempts from the leaders of this Class B group to break away, they slowly started to catch the Abbitt Motorsport Peugeot 306 who was busy battling the Class A Seat of Compaan and Marais. As the cars entered the pit window, the Class B cars were still nose to tail on the circuit. Pit Stops would be important!

Class C was also hotly contested, with the MR2 of the McDougall father and son pairing jumping the Renault Clio of Hobson and Sharp at the start and while chasing after the identical MR2 of Supatune Motorsport.

Up front, the Mangoes Racing Seat fought hard to catch then pass the BMW pair of Flower in second and then early leader Bromley. This released him with some clear air to pull a gap of just over two seconds. Pushing hard in the early stages caught up with Goes however, as he reached the back markers just before the pit window and on lap 15, whether down to traffic of tyre wear, the BMW of Bromley managed to catch the Seat and pull a brilliant pass into Maggots for the race lead.

Once the dust had settled from the pit window shuffle, Bromley emerged in the lead, ahead of Goes and Flower. Flower later passing Goes on the race track for second in class and overall.

The Class B cars were still shuffling for the lead and the closing of the pit window only heightened the battle, with the Team AirSupply Porsche jumping the pack and able to start building a gap. A late coming together between second in class, Phat Racing’s Paul Hatton and third in class, GNB Racing’s Gary Burstow allowed the charging Fiesta of Denslow to capture third in class, as Burstow retired from the race on the last lap. Denslow narrowly missed out on second in class as Hatton limped the focus home.

Four laps from home the charging Class A BMW of James Britton also managed to find a way past the Seat of Goes, as the technical issues that had plagued Goes during his the 2015 season returned seeing the Mangoes Racing driver having to limp home for fourth (third in class).

The remaining Class A podium positions were claimed by the Porsche Boxsters of Team Bacon Butty Racing and Autorevive London, who crossed the line a second apart to take 5th and 6th (second and third in class), with the Bacon Butty car claiming the position with just three laps to go!

It was a lights-to-flag victory in Class D for the Supatune Motorsport Ford Puma of Jason Francis to draw level in the points with Class D rival and Snetterton winner Oli O’Neill in his Ford Fiesta.

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