Sat 27 Jul
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Qualifying was an unpredictable affair at Donington Park, which saw Colin Tester joining Championship regular Hugh Gurney in the fray amongst the existing SuperCup fraternity. A stellar effort mid-session put the M3 of JK Motorsport on pole, but it looked in doubt as a late charge from the Seat EuroCups of both Mangoes Racing’s Darren Goes, and Seriously Motorsport’s Steve Gales saw them take second and third respectively. Class A pole was claimed by Championship newcomers “B’stard Motorsport” (drivers Chris Hoey and Paul Ivens), despite a last lap effort from GNB Racing’s Gary Burstow in his new-for-2019 M3 that saw him take second in class and fifth overall. Third in Class A was 2018 class winner Martyn Culley in the Goblin Racing SEAT. The new-for-2019 SuperCup Class B was headed by newcomer James Goodall in the JRG Racing VW Golf, ahead of the BMW of Thorney Motorsports Callum Nobel, the Renault Clio’s of FinSport Chequered Images / Team Norfolk were third and fourth in class.
As the lights went out for the start of the race, it was the JK Motorsport BMW on pole who got away best, managing to gap the Seat EuroCups into the first corner. In Class A the BMW of Burstow also got away well, but the pace of the B’stard Motorsport Scirocco won through in the first lap dash, and it was the pair of Hoey and Ivens who emerged leading the class at the end of the first lap. The two Class A leaders traded lap times throughout the early part of the race, until Burstow in the BMW managed to find a way past on lap four to take the class lead. This was a lead the GNB BMW managed to hold onto until the start of the pit stops. Further back, Martyn Culley in the Goblin Racing SEAT was holding a strong third in class, able to hold off the advances of the HTV Racing Ford Sierra of Brian Lilley and Aaron Tucker in fourth.
Off the line JRG Racing’s Goodall managed to hold onto the Class B lead, but the typically fast starting BMW of Thorney Motorsports Callum Nobel was hot on his heels. So hot that on the second lap of the iconic Derby circuit, the Thorney Motorsport BMW managed to find a way past the Golf for the class lead. Now out in front, Nobel was able to gap the Golf of Goodall and then manage the opening gap into the pit stop window. The Renaults of Finsport and Team Norfolk were then left to battle for third and fourth. The two Clio’s swapped position over the first lap with the Team Norfolk Clio getting the jump on its Finsport counterpart. The Norfolk Clio was only able to hold off the Finsport car for so long however, as the Finsport team of Tait and Finlay managed to pass the Norfolk car on lap four as the pair battled amongst the Class A cars.
Up front JK Motorsport was able to take full advantage from the start, and gapped the chasing SEAT EuroCups, and rest of the field, entering the pit window with a twenty second lead!
When the pit window opened, first into the pits was the Class A car of Hoey and Ivens, looking to get the jump on the Class A leader Burstow with an early stop. This brought Martyn Cully in the Goblin SEAT into the pits as he looked to close the gap. Up front the leader took to the pits next, gifting a temporary lead to the SEAT EuroCup of Mangoes Racing’s Darren Goes and second place to the Seriously Motorsport EuroCup of Steve Gales, who were now only just over a second apart on the road. As the Mangoes SEAT emerged from the pit lane following his stop, the JK Motorsport M3 flashed by, going back into the lead, but the lead was down to just over a second. Sensing this was his best change of the race so far, Goes in the SEAT got his head down and hounded the leading BMW. After following the leader for two laps Goes managed to find a way past and took the lead outright. A lead he managed to hold until the end winning not just Class S but the race overall as well, by only three seconds after 45 minutes of racing.
The early stopping B’stard Motorsport managed to jump the GNB BMW in the pits to take the class lead. This was a lead they managed to keep until the flag, despite the best efforts of Burstow, who had to settle for second in class and fifth overall. A second strong half of the race was enough for Martyn Culley to take third in class, ahead of the Barton Motorsport Golf who had been fighting with the Goblin sister car at the hands of Barrie Culley, who took fourth and fifth in class respectively.
The Class B win went to Thorney Motorsport’s Callum Nobel, who despite a strong challenge by both JRG Motorsports James Goodall and the Finsport pair of Tait and Finlay who fought to the flag for the second podium position. Fourth in Class B went to the Team Norfolk Clio.
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|Penalty points applied.||Fastest lap during qualifying.||Fastest lap during race.|
Qualifying painted a familiar picture at Snetterton, with the JK Motorsport BMW in the hands of Colin Tester setting an early pace. Steve Gales in the Seat EuroCup joined the pack and snatched top spot, but it was to be short lived, as a charge from Tester allowed him to regain his pole as the session progressed. Class S qualifying saw JK Motorsport once again up front with the two EuroCups of Mangoes Racing’s Darren Goes and Seriously Motorsport’s Steve Gales in second and third respectively. Class A pole was claimed by Martyn Culley of Goblin Racing, ahead of fellow Seat, Brad Kaylor of SeatSport UK, who had to settle for second in class. Third in Class A was BStard Motorsport’s Chris Hoey in the VW Scirocco. In Class B it was 2018 Trackday Championship “Champion” Apple Car Centre on class pole, with Andy Ball and Stephen Moore of Team Bacon Butty, two places behind but second in class, followed by the Finsport Clio in Class B third.
As the lights went out, a solid start from the JK BMW, put Tester out in front on the run into the first corner. With the two SEAT EuroCup’s of Gales and Goes just behind. It was down to AutoRevive London pair of David Gardner and Chris Mills to begin a fight towards a Class S podium, having held fourth.
A characteristically good start from the GNB Racing BMW of Gary Burstow allowed him to push past his fellow Class A competitors to gain the class lead. Martyn Culley of Goblin Racing held off Brad Kaylor of SeatSport UK, as the BStard Motorsport Scirocco of Chris Hoey and Paul Ivens was hot on his heels in fourth.
With the Class B lead in the hands of Apple Car Centre, it was down to the Team Bacon Butty pair of Ball and Moore, to push forwards after the Clio. Chasing hard behind was team Finsport - Chequered Images, who were battling Sam Strong of Strong Racing. The pair traded third place, with Tait and Finlay finally regaining the position, leaving the Sam Strong to once again start the fight back.
Up front, the JK Motorsport BMW now held a seven second lead ahead of Mangoes Racing and the rest of the pack. Chris Mills for AutoRevive London was now in sight of third position as twenty minutes into the race, Seriously Motorsport’s Steve Gales looked to be slowing with a delaminated tyre coming out of Williams.
Class A’s, GNB Racing still held a solid first position in class ahead of the battle for second between Goblin Racing and BStard Motorsport. The battle came to ahead when BStard Motorsport ran wide into Agostini allowing Culley to slip up the inside line, and take Class A second.
In Class B the Bacon Butty Porsche and Finsport Clio were now head to head for the top spot. Stuck behind the two was Apple Car Centre’s Honeybone, who was waiting for a pit stop from either car to allow back to the class lead.
As the pit window opened, it was the Graves Motorsport BMW who blinked first, with Steve Gales of Seriously Motorsport being forced to pit next. Out front, Tester of JK Motorsport entered the pits to let partner Gurney start his stint. This gave the temporary lead to Goes in the Mangoes Racing SEAT before entering the pits himself. Next into the pits was the AutoRevive London BMW, followed by the GNB Racing BMW of Gary Burstow.
When the results came in it was the M3 of JK Motorsport who took the win, ahead of the Mangoes Racing Seat EuroCup. A mistake from the Seriously Motorsports Gales allowed the AutoRevive London M3 to slip through the gap up into third. Steve Gales in the second EuroCup having to settle for fourth over the line. Class A saw a well-deserved Gary Burstow of GNB Racing take first place. A close fought race saw Goblin Racing taking finish only a second ahead of BStard Motorsport’s Hoey and Ivens for second and third in class respectively. In Class B it was the Father and Son duo of Ray and Jordan Honeybone who took first place. Thorney Motorsport’s Callum Noble took second, just ahead of Tait and Finlay in the Finsport Clio who crossed the line for third in class.
|6||Apple Car Centre||B||24|
|11||Finsport, Chequered Images||B||10|
|12||Team Bacon Butty Racing||A||7|
|13||Strong Racing with Graves Motorsport||B||4|
|Penalty points applied.||Fastest lap during qualifying.||Fastest lap during race.|