Chamberlain wins, but Witt’s Bentley stars
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