Cham­ber­lain wins, but Witt’s Bent­ley stars

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Richard Cham­ber­lain’s Porsche 935 showed no signs of its age as he took vic­tory in the first GT Cup sprint race af­ter a race-long bat­tle with Dar­ren Nel­son. How­ever, when Nel­son took his Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can – new to the series – through the gravel at the Old Hair­pin, Cham­ber­lain in­stead had to fend off late pres­sure from Gareth Down­ing’s Lo­tus Evora.

Both had to look over their shoul­ders for a hard-charg­ing Jor­dan Witt, who put his Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 on the podium de­spite start­ing from the back of the grid due to get­ting into his car late.

Witt went on to take a com­pre­hen­sive win in the sec­ond sprint race, which in­cluded an­other off for Nel­son. For Sun­day’s en­durance race, Nel­son shared with pro driver Adam Car­roll. De­spite his ex­pe­ri­ence, Car­roll was still 17 sec­onds adrift of solo driver Witt in the thun­der­ous Bent­ley.

F3 Cup debu­tant Univer­sity of Wolver­hamp­ton Racing an­nounced its grad­u­a­tion from Mono­posto with a trio of wins for 2006 Club F3 cham­pion Shane Kelly. Fel­low new out­fit Team Fox fared less well, as Daryl Jones ex­pe­ri­enced a de­bil­i­tat­ing mis­fire through­out the first race. Though the team man­aged to fix the prob­lem overnight and Jones was able to (un­suc­cess­fully) chal­lenge Kelly for the lead of race two, he spun into the bar­rier at Roberts in a slightly damp fi­nal race.

Lo­tus Cup pole­sit­ter Steven Train looked to make amends for his DNF at Snet­ter­ton last month, and lead­ing the first 16 laps of the hour-long race was a great way to do that. How­ever, a big spin at Redgate handed Adam Mackay the lead and, ul­ti­mately, over­all vic­tory.

A ter­ri­ble start from Fred­die Hether­ing­ton dropped him from sec­ond to eighth at the start of the first Elise Trophy race, but he re­cov­ered well to fin­ish where he started, just be­hind Ja­son Baker. Resur­gent too was Stu­art Rat­cliff, who fin­ished fifth de­spite lin­ing up at the back of the grid due to fail­ing post-qual­i­fy­ing scru­ti­neer­ing. Baker fin­ished off a strong week­end with vic­tory in the sec­ond race, with Rat­cliff close be­hind.

For the third Toyo Tyres Racing Saloons race in a row, Stu­art Waite led home Karl Cat­tliff. Stephen Pear­son would have added a third BMW M3 to the podium, but was pegged back 30 sec­onds for ig­nor­ing yel­low flags. The hon­ours were re­versed in race two; Cat­tliff won with Waite sec­ond, and Pear­son fin­ished third – this time with­out a penalty.

Harry Good­man con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive start to the Pro­duc­tion BMW sea­son with a brace of wins, adding to his first and sec­ond places from Snet­ter­ton.

Both Paul Tay­lor and Darelle Wil­son failed to fin­ish the pre­vi­ous VAG Trophy race in Oul­ton Park, but took one win apiece with the other chas­ing in the first two races at Don­ing­ton.

Sev­eral lead­ing driv­ers made er­rors in race three; Wil­son spun his VW Scirocco TDI out of sec­ond at the start, then Tom Witts and Didge Dz­i­urzyn­ski both lost their re­spec­tive leads, leav­ing the Golf of Tay­lor to take a sec­ond win of the week­end, and third of the sea­son.

Harry Good­man leads the big Pro­duc­tion BMW field

Paul Tay­lor did VAG dou­ble

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