Drive Motorsport triumph at Donington Park

Richard Bromley takes first win since Silverstone in the BMW M3

  • Drive Motorsport triumph at Donington Park

DRIVE MOTORSPORT TRIUMPH AT DONINGTON PARK

Richard Bromley takes first win since Silverstone in the BMW M3


Drive Motorsport’s Richard Bromley sucks up the pressure to win at Donington Park Grand Prix! 

If you had to place a bet on the front row for qualifying, it would surely be on Drive Motorsports’ Richard Bromley! Having never qualified outside of the top three so far this year, his one lap pace was proven again with a pole position, snatched away from Class S rival Darren Goes by a fraction under second to claim his second pole of the season.

Class A “pole” was a much closer affair with the Porsche Boxster of Simon Clark just piping the BMW and class leading car of James Britton by less than a tenth of a second, to make it a Class A second row. Just ahead of the other TDC Porsche Boxster of Andy Ball and the Zenos of Antony Sidney-Woollett who sat menacingly on the third row of the grid.

Under a second separated the Class B top 5, with Mark Penny just leading the way in the VX220; who managed to secure a slot ahead of the Class A car of Dunlop and Norman for good measure.

The 2016 debut of Will Jackson-Moore in the Class C Renault Clio wasn’t enough to put off the field, with MAD Motorsport claiming the class top-spot by almost a second over rivals HT Racing – with the returning Jackson-Moore slotting into a respectable fourth in class, just a tenth behind the VW Golf of Foxx Racing.

Further down the field a late charge by Oliver O’Neill saw him jump Class D rival Jason Francis to pole in class.

 

When the lights went out and the cars started the charge to the first corner it was the Zenos of Sidney-Woollett that stole the march, storming down the inside from the third row of the grid to claim the lead into Redgate. Goes left himself again with it all to do, as he bogged down at the start, and found himself engulfed by the second row. Just behind the Fiesta of Cook managed to jump the Porsche of Bacon Butty Racing at Redgate before making his way past the BMW of Britton later int he lap.

Also bogging down at the start was the 306 of Abbitt Motorsport, allowing the good starts of PHat racing and Deadslow Motorsport to jump the Peugeot in the run to Redgate.

It was Team Airsupply’s Porsche, Lakeland Motorsport’s Saxo and JordanCarStorage’s BMW who found themselves three abreast through Redgate, at the start, squeezing the BMW wide on the exit; allowing the Porsche to just win the run through the Craner Curves, to chase Mark Penny’s VX220 for the Class B lead.

At the end of the first lap the Drive Motorsport M3 managed to regain the lead passing the Zenos on the run to the Fogarty Esses, while under extreme pressure from the Porsche of Simon Clark. A recovering Goes able to jump the Porsche while the pack bunched up under breaking, before climbing up to second at Redgate on the second lap.

The Porsche of the Wrights had managed to not only catch Penny’s VX220 but had also found a way past it in the latter half of the first lap to cement the gain from the good start.

Further down the field a great first lap by HT Racing’s Clio saw them jump the MAD motorsport BMW and steal the Class lead, taking Class C contenders Foxx Racing in the VW Golf, Supatune Motorsports MR2 and Frugal Motorsport MR2 along with them.

Class D “pole sitter” Oliver O’Neill, managed to hold onto his advantage to lead Class D rival Jason Francis in the Supatune Motorsport Puma.

While Goes set off to catch Bromley, the battle for third covered the two Class A cars of Britton and Clark along with the Class S cars of Sidney-Woollett and Cook. With the BMW of Britton momentarily finding his way past the Zenos as the pack again bunched up for the Esses.This was short lived however as the Sidney-Wollett held his line and position on the exit of the corner. Cooks capatilised on this battle and managed to find his way past both cars on the run into the Melbourne Hairpin before finally completing the move on the well positioned Zenos into Goddards to take fourth at the end of lap two. This battle released Clark in the Porsche who was currently sitting in third place, to attack the leaders.

The Porsche of the Wrights seemed comfortable in the Class B lead fighting with Lakeland Motorsports Saxo for the early part of the race. Second in Class B was everyone else, as the Amery Motorsport MINI fought the Fiesta of Deadslow Motorsport and the VX220 of Back on Track Motorsport, with PHat racing just behind in the Ford Focus.

A big moment for Cook on the entry to the Esses on lap three allowed Brittons BMW back into fourth with the ever present Zenos of Sidney Woollett able to jump the Fiesta into the Melbourne Hairpin for fifth. Cook then found himself out of position and locked into a battle with the Porsche of father and son pairing George and Jack Wright, and the Saxo of Lakeland Motorsport’s Ryan Steel. Struggling with a broken alternator, which eventually resulted in retirement; Cook only managed to climb back up to seventh before withdrawing from the race.

Goes in the Seat quickly caught Bromley’s BMW starting the fight for the lead, which saw the pair trade places constantly. This wheel to wheel racing played into the hands of Clark in the Porsche Boxster who was reeling the leaders in, almost passing Goes for second place as he ran wide on the exit of Goddards on lap 5. 

The Safety Car was brought out on lap 6 as Class D contender Jason Francis pulled off the circuit at the Esses with suspension failure, this essentially handed the Class D victory to O’Neill in the Fiesta, which he took, with another strong showing on Donington’s Grand Prix circuit.

The pit stop window opened under the safety car but whether unaware or by design, none of the field made the stop, instead waiting for the restart and the opportunity to pass their rivals on the track. 

The lights on the Safety car went out on lap seven, Bromley still holding the lead backed the pack up through the Melbourne Hairpin before bolting on the run down to Goddards taking just the Seat of Goes with him.  

When the dust settled following the pit stop window, it was the BMW of Richard Bromley who maintained the lead. This was a lead he managed until the finish line, to take not only the overall win but the Class S win as well, albeit under increasing pressure from the Porsche of Simon Clark. Clark managed to bring the gap to the leader down by three seconds a lap over the final three laps, eventually taking the second spot overall to go with his Class A win.

Second in Class A went to James Britton, who held off a late charge by the Saxo of Ryan Steel both finishing just ahead of a struggling Darren Goes who managed to hold on to an important second in class. 

The Wrights Porsche enjoyed a comfortable class win, having a late battle with the Sidney-Woollett, following the Zenos drivers two drive through penalties late in the event, leaving him out of position and looking to recover ground. Second in Class B and tenth over all falling to Hatton in the Focus who lead the MINI of Amery Motorsport over the line by just half a second after forty five minutes racing.

Class C came down to the wire with the fast charging BMW of MAD Motorsport catching HT Racings Clio in the latter stages of the race. The pairing of House and Tate managed to hold on however, to take the top spot in Class C, with the pairing of McKeever and Weymouth having to settle for second place. Will Jackson-Moore putting in an impressive 2016 debut to finish third in class.



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