PEMBREY: BARC BY DAMIAN MEADEN
On paper, it was a comfortable weekend for John Mickel as he claimed five out of six victories in the National Legends Championship, but a solitary race victory for Connor Mills was the least he deserved after almost single-handedly keeping Mickel honest for the weekend.
The two made contact on the final lap of the first race, handing Mickel the win while Mills trailed home in sixth. In the second contest, the two were separated by a little under two tenths of a second before that margin dropped to just 0.050s in race three.
Mills spun out after attempting to put Mickel under pressure on the final lap of race four, and his poor luck continued with problems in the fifth encounter. He recovered in the last race, however, and led home Mickel to secure a controlled victory and take his win tally for the season to five.
There was more decided in the stewards’ room than on the circuit on Saturday in the British Truck Racing Championship. David Jenkins was stripped of his race one victory for passing under yellow flags and Ryan Smith fell foul of a five-second time penalty for exceeding track limits in race two, which dropped him from the top to the third step of the podium. Smith’s penalty was rescinded on appeal, however Jenkins’ was not.
On Sunday it was the on-circuit action that carried the most weight. After Steve Thomas claimed the honours in race three, Shane Brereton took a dominant victory in the fourth contest. Smith returned to the top step in the final race, edging out reigning champion Mat Summerfield, who capped off a challenging weekend with a podium finish.
In Division Two, Simon Cole claimed a hat-trick of class wins, with Adam Bint also enjoying a strong weekend in taking the other two victories.
After James Dorlin and Samuel Randon claimed a dominant win apiece in the Michelin Clio Cup Series, the two made contact while disputing the lead of the final contest, gifting Brett Lidsey the win. Lidsey was arguably the star of the meeting, visiting each step of the podium across the weekend’s three races. Both Ben Palmer and Luke Pinder enjoyed good showings as they claimed a hat-trick of top six finishes. Jack Fabby claimed a brace of victories in the road class, with Nic Harrison taking the other.
Katie Milner became the first female ever to take a pole in the Junior Saloon Car Championship, and duly took her first championship race victory, capitalising on a safety car restart after initially losing out at the start to lead home Charlie Kennedy and George Sutton. A mistake for Milner into Brooklands in the closing stages of the second contest gifted both the win and the championship lead to Sutton, who led home Matteo Zanetti.
Keith White spun his BMW Z4 into Brooklands during the opening round of the WRDA Championship season, handing Ford Sierra Cosworth driver Jason Davies a comfortable win, with Neil Watts rounding out the podium in his Westfield SE1.
Chris Everill secured the race two victory in his Ginetta G50 ahead of Fabio Luffarelli. The race was restarted after a clash between Dave Scaramanga and Watts left the former airborne, skirting along the top of the pit wall and back down to earth minus a front-right tyre, which hit the Lotus Elise of Susanne Jones and cracked the windscreen. Luckily, all three drivers escaped the incident without serious injury.