Sat 23 Apr
Maiden win for the AutoRevive BMW
Maiden win for the AutoRevive BMW
Sun 29 October 2017
Qualifying looked to be a three horse race in Class S with Mangoes Racing setting the early pace, but the Seat ultimately lost out on the RWD favouring Oulton Park and started third behind the Autorevive London BMW on Pole and the M3F Racing BMW closing out the front row of the grid with just eight thousandths of a second between the pair. This was a trend that was followed through the grid as the Class A pair of Frugal Racing and Clark Racing qualified together in fourth and fifth respectively with just two tenths between them. This meant the three Overall title contenders would start the race together with less than a second between them!
The Class B pole was taken by the GNB Racing BMW, just ahead of the Team AirSupply Porsche who was beaten by just over one tenth of a second. The Class C lead was taken by PSR’s Clio ahead of the HT Racing Clio by one second, the rest of the Class C title contenders just behind the HT Racing car. It was all to play for with the title contenders so close together!
Just as the cars were called to the assembly area, news came in that the Clark Racing Porsche had been forced to withdraw from the meeting due to a clutch failure. All the Frugal Caterham now had to do was finish in the top 14 to win the Class A title!
As the lights went out, the front BMW’s got away well, as did the OMG BMW and the Frugal Racing Caterham. Goes in the Seat instantly had to respond to the pressure of losing a couple of spaces through lodge, but recovered well to third in class over the line. Over the next two laps the Mangoes Racing Seat had managed to claim the race lead with the Autorevive London BMW in second ahead of the M3F Racing BMW in third. This is how it stayed until the pit window.
Class B’s GNB Racing made a great start, staying ahead of a hard charging AirSupply Porsche. Tylah Motorsports E30 BMW in a close third. The pair pushed hard to catch the GNB Racing BMW but as the the first stint of the race drew to an end the gap to Burstow had stabilised.
In Class C it was the MINI of OX4 Racing that got away best jumping through on the inside at Old Hall to take the class lead from the PSR Clio. This lead was short lived however as the PSR Clio managed to squeeze back past through Druids corner. Just behind the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio and the team Norfolk Fiesta battled for third, soon to be joined by the slow starting HT Racing Clio.
With the pit window drawing near, it would be crucial for the teams in the title hunt to get their pit stops exact.
Once the dust had settled after the pit stops, it was the AutoRevive London BMW that appeared in the lead, with the M3F BMW in second, following the retirement of the Mangoes Racing Seat at Shell corner. Despite a late charge from the M3F Racing BMW the AutoRevive car was able to hold on the class and outright win. M3F’s Mark Flower came home in second and the 235i BMW of Steve Gales came home an impressive third in class.
Following the retirement of the Mangoes Seat, and with the Class A win looking comfortable; all the Frugal Racing Caterham had to do was finish fifth or higher to claim the Overall Championship. This was easier said than done however as an apparent coolant leak was causing concerns within the team. Knowing that the Championship was in reach the team of McDougal and Simonds pushed on and claimed fourth overall and took not just the Class A Championship, but the Overall Championship with it.
A retirement of the Team AirSupply Porsche, the Class B win looked comfortable for GNB Racing’s Gary Burstow. He had managed to build the gap over the Tylah Motorsport E30 BMW and took the win and the Class B Championship with the Tylah Motorsport BMW coming second and causing a count back for second in Class B as they tied with the Air Supply Porsche for points. Team AirSupply managed to hold onto second in the Championship by virtue of an earlier class victory.
It was the PSR Clio who retained the lead after the pit stops, followed by the HT Racing Clio, the OX4 Mini and the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio. A big off on the run to shell corner allowed the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio past the MINI into third in class. As the end of the race drew near the Class C competitors started to close in on each other. It was the PSR Clio that took the class win and with it the Class Championship. The HT Racing Clio, who was being caught by the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio just managed to just hold on to second in class, ahead of the OX4 Mini in fourth who was battling the Fiesta of Tylah Motorsport to the line.