Packed Timetable for Donington Meeting

Donington hosted a bumper timetable with no less then 28 races..

The 750MC returned to its 'home' track with a bumper timetable across the weekend. With the previous Donington meeting being snowed off in March some of the formulae returned for a second attempt. This time the weather was set fair with warm, sunny conditions across the weekend.

The M3 cup and 330 Challenge took to the track first, with qualifying between the top two separated by only 0.01sec. In the race it was second placed Paul Cook who got the better start from pole sitter David Whitmore. Championship leader Tom Coller was fighting his way through the field, when Graham Crowhurst went for an overtake causing him to spin at redgate, he was collected by Whitmore in a nasty incident. Simon Walker-Hansell went on to take victory with Coller in second and newcomer Daniel Pestana was third. Race 2 saw a reduced number of cars race with Walker - Hansell winning from Nick Williamson after a close battle for the final podium spots finishing ahead of Pestana.

Bikesports was dominated once again by Joe Stables, race one was the closest finish with only 0.57sec separating Stables from John Paul - Ivey.

The Armed Forces Race Challenge was dominated in all sessions by the Vauxhall VX220 of Mark Inman, Will Ashmore had qualified in second after fixing his car from the Silverstone Club Enduro meeting. However Will never took part in either races due to more car problems. Neville Anderson finished second in both races in his newly acquired Seat Leon. With Mark White finishing 3rd in race one with Andy Holborn finishing 3rd in the second race. The MR2 Championship races saw the top 14 covered by less then a second in qualifying with Paul Cook in pole from Shane Mansbridge. That was how race 1 went with championship contender Ben Rowe working his way up to 3rd. In race 2 it was again Cook who was victorious this time with Shaun Traynor finishing in 2nd ahead of championship rival Ben Rowe.

Hot Hatch, for the first time saw Ben Rushworth start in 5th in qualifying with the tightest qualifying to date. Championship contender Steve Sawley put his Honda on pole. In Class B it was Phil Wright who grabbed first in class from Christian Lyne. Class C saw Ian Williamson continue his fine form and claim first in class. The Hot Hatch grid was joined by a new Civic Type R Trophy with 6 cars running in the mix. Race one saw Rushworth get a rocket of a start and jump into the lead by Redgate, Martin Ward jumped up to fourth ahead of Camp, Leach and Wright. Rushworth was victorious with Sawley unable to challenge with Rich Hockley finishing 3rd on his hot hatch debut. Wright claimed Class B victory with Michael Winkworth moving up ahead of Williamson to take victory in Class C. Race two was held in the low autumn sun, again it was Rushworth who was the man to beat, initially Sawley led for a couple of laps before Rushworth powered past. Hockley again took another podium place. Wright finished 1st in class once again to reduce the points gap to Rodren Vella. Class C victory went the way of Ian Williamson as Michael Winkworth retired on lap 3, he will look to wrap up the overall championship at the last rounds.

Locost had a meeting with very few racing laps. Unfortunately all three races were marred by red flags, so much so the first race was cancelled due to a 10 car incident. In the second race there was a nasty incident at the chicane which cause more to retire. Luckily no one was seriously hurt and the marshalls and medics done a great job in attending to those involved. Championship leader Mark Burton came away with double victory after staying out of trouble, Ben Powney finished 2nd on both occasion. Race one saw Paul Clark claim his first Locost podium while in race 2 it was Martin West who rounded off the podium.

The Clio 182 Championship battle intensified over the weekend. It was Ryan Polley who put his silver Clio on pole with Patrick Fletcher second after suffering a mechanical failure towards the end of the session. Race one saw Polley get off to a slow start allowing Fletcher to take the lead. This was a lead he never gave up although it was close behind. Polley, Kingsbury and De Graaff were all closely matched it was Polley who came out 2nd with championship contender Kingsbury in 3rd. Race two was a close fight between the top four, Fletcher led for the entire race until the slow run out of the roberts chicane on the last lap gave Kingsbury a chance for victory, he crossed the line just 0.04 seconds ahead of Fletcher. De Graaff completing the podium in 3rd.

In Sports Specials it was Rob Johnston who qualified on pole. However in the races it was Andy Hiley who came through to take a double victory in his Chronos MK2. Rob finished in 4th and 3rd, Matthew Booth had a mixed weekend as well with 2nd in race before only finishing 5th in race 2.

A 25 car grid of BMWs providing some close action in two races. It was ex BTCC racer Rick Kerry who put his BMW 1 Series on pole ahead of Michael Cutt and David Kemptpn. Race one saw Michael Cutt jump into the lead with Kirk Armitage following in 2nd. Rick fought his way back from a bad start, however he had to retire on lap 6. Lee Deegan was again victorious in the 6 class. Sam McKee who is so used to racing endurance races in the roadsports took his BMW E36 to 3rd in his class. In the cup class it was Clive Watson who took victory. Race two saw victory go the way of Cutt once again with the invitational class win going to Jason West. Rick Kerry fixed the mechanical problems to finish a fine 2nd in class. In the 6 class it was Rob Alman who won after Lee Deegan retired. Watson repeated his cup victory in race 2.

The 750 Formula resumed after an eventful Cadwell meeting. Race one saw Bob Simpson launch from the lights and storm into the lead ahead of Peter Bove. Bob stayed there until lap 3 when car gremlins struck forcing him to retire. Bill Cowley started from the back after failing to qualify having jumped from last to 2nd on the grid in three laps he also ran into car trouble and retiring. This led to Bove leading the pack until the last lap when Mark Glover came through for victory. Race two saw Cowley claim victory after fixing his car, from Bove and Glover. Bob Simpson also managed to get back out and finished 6th overall. Sue Harris claimed class B victory and finished 10th overall.

Formula Vee had a packed out gird for their two races, with reigning champion Ben Miloudi returning. Miloudi stuck his Storm on pole from Daniel Hands and Graham Gant. In two close wheel to wheel races it was Graham Gant who came out on top by just 0.21 seconds, from Hands and Miloudi. Class B went the way of Andrew Cooper after he finished 10th overall. Championship leader Craig Pollard finished 4th. Race two saw Miloudi not start, this left the championship contenders to fight out front. It was Hands who came out on top with Pollard second with Paul Taylor finishing 3rd. The top 3 covered by less then a second. Class B this time went to Bill Garner who finished 10th overall.

In the historic 750 Formula it was Christian Pederson who dominated the first race winning by over 37 seconds, from Simon Boulter and Martin Depper. In the handicap race it saw Ian Grant in his Austin 7 claim victory by just under 4 seconds from Roger Rowe and Mike Peck.


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