DONINGTON DONE & DUSTED!


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Alex Comis on his way to victory in the Super Mighty Minis night race at Donington. Photo: www.ajbphotographic.co.uk

Changeable weather conditions made for some exciting race action at Donington Park at the weekend with 10 championships all competing in their final rounds of the season.

Action started in the Arrowpak Euro Saloon & Sportscar Championship with Gary Prebble taking victory in both of the weekend’s races. All eyes were on Chris Whitley and Nick Hayes in race one with less than a car length between the two drivers as they fought it out for the Class C lead. Gary Furst was the driver to watch in Sunday’s race as he battled his way through the field to take the third and final place on the podium.

A fantastic start by Tim Davis to take the lead from pole sitter Keith Vaughan Williamswas not enough to hold off winner Dean Cook in the Dunlop TVR Challenge. Cook pulled off a fantastic move to overtake Davis for the lead with the two driver nose-to-tail for the two drivers on the final lap. Dean Cook took the eventual chequered flag, ahead of Tim Davis in second and Perry Waddams in third.

It was a disappointing race weekend for Lee Morgan in the BRSCC Formula Jedi Championship with a DNF in both races. The Runcorn driver was forced to retire with a broken exhaust manifold in race one, leaving Dan Clowes to take the chequered flag ahead of James Maclachlan in second and Jack Lang in third. Treacherous weather conditions in race 2 called for the race to be red flagged with a broken driveshaft forcing Morgan forced to limp back to the pits at the restart, not the finish the 2013 Jedi champion was hoping for! James Maclachlan took the race win ahead of Matthew Ryder and Jack Lang.

Craig Brookfield took a dominant win in the Advantage Motorsport Ford XR Challenge on Saturday ahead of Steve Poole in second and John Biddulph in third. It was Steve Poole however who claimed victory on Sunday, after an eventful first lap saw contact between Adam Burgess and Peter Lancaster and Lee Bowron going off into gravel at Redgate. The race finished with Steve Poole taking the chequered flag ahead of Brookfield and Lee Shropshire in second and third respectively.

Controversy surrounded the Toyo Tires Porsche Championship with action in all three races. Contact between JM Littman and Rick Styrin in Saturday’s race saw Littman initially disqualified from the results. The decision was later overturned following an appeal with Littman keeping his race win ahead of Steven Boyles and William Sharpe. In race 2, contact between Will Sharpe and Rick Styrin left Sharpe stranded on the track, calling for the race to be red flagged as his Boxster was recovered from the circuit. At the restart, JM Littman was given a 10 second penalty for an out of position start leaving Steven Boyles to claim victory ahead of Jonathan Greensmith and Steven Brown. The third and final race was won by Rick Styrin who took the chequered flag in wet conditions ahead of Greensmith and Autosport’s Ben Anderson.

Jonathan Lewis took advantage of a poor start by Paul Inch to take the chequered flag in the BRSCC Mighty Minis Championship night race. Despite a determined effort by Inch to close the gap to the leader, Lewis managed to hold onto position to take the eventual chequered flag. Inch finished second with Gregory Jenkins in third. Alex Comis took victory in the Super Mighty Minis, ahead of White in second and Peter Tervet in third.

The Super Mighty Minis and Mighty Minis joined forces on Sunday with both classes competing in a combined day race. A great battle in the Super class saw Scott Kendall, Jamie White, Alex Comis and Peter Tervet battling it out for the race lead. Tervet came out on top, taking the chequered flag ahead of White and Comis in second and third respectively. In the Mighty Minis, all eyes were on JonathanLewis and Paul Inch as the two drivers fought it out for the class lead. Confusion on the last lap however, saw Lewis and Inch pull into the pits early, with both drivers thinking they took the chequered flag a lap earlier that was actually meant for the faster Super class. The end results were unaffected with JonathanLewis taking the class win ahead of Paul Inch and Andrew Devine.

It was a double victory for Nick Porter in the Teekay Couplings Production GTi Championship. A fantastic move by Porter in race one saw the Wimborne driver take the lead from Simon Hill and the eventual chequered flag. Martyn Walsh finished second with Simon Hill in third. The battle was back on between Porter and Hill in race two, with the two drivers battling it out for lead on the last lap. Porter managed to hold position to take the win ahead of Simon Hill and John Mawdsley in second and third respectively.

Liam Morley took victory in the first MSA British Superkart Championship race ahead ofGavin Bennett and Jason Dredge. The race also saw Paul Platt claim his third consecutive Superkarttitle. Jason Dredge came out top in the second race ahead of Liam Morley and Dan Clarke.

Race one of the Track Attack Race Club Autumn Series was won by James Ashton ahead of Tony Hunter and Richard Hockley. Hunter was back on the podium in race two, taking the top spot ahead of Andy McLennan and Gordon Mason. Mason took victory in the last Track Attack race of the weekend, ahead of Keith Middleton and Tony Hunter.


The official results can be found at DONINGTON PARK RESULTS

Donna Kelly