Donington Park Grand Prix
Sat 21 Sep
Read the race report from Round 3
Read the race report from Round 3
Sat 27 July 2019
Qualifying was challenging at Oulton Park with rain throughout. Despite the conditions, Class B’s Ben Davis who took the top spot with an early lap in the Foz Motorsport Clio. Second in class went to Kester Cook, from fifth overall, with Team Norfolk’s Kevin Stirling taking third in class. Pete Bennett in the second Foz Motorsport Clio tool Class C pole, a second ahead of Simon Harrison in the second Foz Motorsport Class C challenger. Third in Class C went to David Slater in the White Knight Civic. Class D qualifying saw Ronan Quinn on top, with the duo of Tom Starkey and Rob Burnham in second in the Greenstar Racing Fiesta. Neal Foster in the fourth Foz Motorsport Clio finished the session in Class D third.
When the lights went out it was Davis in the pole sitting Foz motorsport Clio who got away best, closely followed by Class C leader Bennett in the sister Foz car. A good start from Cook in the Fiesta from fifth saw the Big Skidz car split the Foz Motorsport Clio’s to take third just ahead of Harrison.
Class D leader Ronan Quinn, managed to gain two places from the start, to take his Fiesta to sixth overall, ahead of Class rivals Greenstar Supatune, who in turn were able to hold off the Class D Foz Motorsport who was best of the rest in the Class D pack including 93R’s Jack Youhill, Beaufort Racing pair of Goldthorpe and Andrews and Old Boy Racing’s Mike Devine.
As the race moved on, Davis’ lead looked comfortable, able to manage the gap to Class B rival Cook, still third overall. Team Norfolk, third in class, were coming under increased pressure from Lego Racing and Team Darkside respectively.
Second on the road and leading Class C was still Bennett, although the real movement was from the G&M Motorsport Civic driven by Sam Gay and Colin Tester, now in second in class and who in the early part of the race was consistently the fastest Class C car on track. Foz Motorsports Harrison and White Knight Racings Harding and Slater were still fighting hard for third in class.
As the pit window opened, the safety car was brought out, causing a flurry of activity in the pits.
When the dust settled from the pit window, it was the Class C G&M Civic that lead the pack ahead of the Team Darkside Ibiza from Class B. Davis the early leader fell afoul of the pit stops during the safety car period reemerging just outside of the top twenty! This elevated The Team Norfolk Car of Kevin Stirling to second in class, and the Honeybone Clio of Ray and Jordan Honeybone to third in class, just ahead of Neil House it his Holmeswood Motorsport Clio.
The car on the move now however was the Class C Clio of Foz Motorsports Harrison, who was now fastest car on the circuit and chasing the lead pair.
Quinn in the Class D Fiesta was still out front, ahead of the Greenstar Supatune Fiesta and the 93R Fiesta of Youhill, who had managed to gap the remaining Class D pack through the pit window.
In the final laps, it was Harrison of Foz Motorsport who managed to catch and pass the G&M Motorsport to take a hard fought win in the Class C Clio. G&M crossed the line in second with White Knight Racing completing a top three whitewash from Class C.
Able to hold onto the Class lead, the Team Darkside Ibiza won Class B, ahead of Team Norfolk, and Apple Car Centre in the Clio’s. A great recovery drive saw early pace setter Davis cross the line fourth in class.
Class D was a lights to flag victory for Ronan Quinn in the Fiesta, ahead of the Greenstar Supatune pair of Burnham and Starkey. Youhill held third in class in the 93R Fiesta ahead of Beaufort Racing in fourth.