Donington Park Grand Prix
Sun 22 Sep
Read the round 1 race report
Read the round 1 race report
Mon 08 April 2019
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.