DONINGTON PARK: MSVR BY DAN MA­SON

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The dom­i­nance of Bent­ley and Jor­dan Witt in the GT Cup suf­fered a rare chal­lenge from Audi at the MSVR meet­ing at Donington Park.

Vic­to­ri­ous in all but two races this sea­son, Witt looked set to con­tinue the trend with pole po­si­tion and a con­vinc­ing lights-to-flag brace of vic­to­ries on Satur­day in the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3.

The 50-minute final en­counter would pro­duce a new 2016 win­ner, how­ever, the Audi R8 of Nigel Hud­son and Adam Wil­cox seal­ing hon­ours in a race de­layed by an off for Neil Hug­gins’ Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo.

A 75s suc­cess penalty and safety car in­ter­rup­tion hin­dered Witt in the short­ened race, leav­ing for­mer Lo­tus Elise cham­pion Wil­cox to chase down and pass the Lo­tus Evora of Gareth Down­ing for JMH Au­to­mo­tive’s first win of the sea­son. Aaron Scott fought from the back of the grid to snatch a last-lap podium fin­ish af­ter a spin for the AF Corse Fer­rari of John Dhillon. Witt’s fifth spot was enough to hold a three-point se­ries lead over Tom Webb’s BMW.

An oil leak cut short Richard Cham­ber­lain’s week­end in the Porsche 935, prompt­ing Witt to say: “I felt I needed him there to push me.”

While one Porsche en­dured trou­bles, those com­pet­ing in the Porsche Club GB se­ries thor­oughly en­ter­tained on­look­ers. Peter Mor­ris was twice vic­to­ri­ous af­ter a fine de­fen­sive dis­play in both out­ings, re­sist­ing pres­sure from the charge of cham­pi­onship leader, Mark Mcaleer. “I’m back on form,” said Mor­ris, who claimed a 30th class win at his home cir­cuit. “I’ve got a fresh en­gine now, which has helped af­ter a bad start to the sea­son.”

Mcaleer’s ti­tle push was helped by son Jake, who grabbed the sec­ond S Class win from his fa­ther’s main ri­val, Andy Toon, the se­ries leader forced to avoid a spin­ning Mike John­son in the open­ing race.

A bat­tling trio of wins moved James Lit­tle­john and Tony Wells into a clear Rad­i­cal Euro­pean Masters cham­pi­onship lead, de­spite be­ing chased hard all week­end by RAW Motorsport’s Alex Ka­pa­dia and Man­hal Al­los.

Af­ter a strong race one win, Lit­tle­john fended off Ka­pa­dia’s late surge in the sec­ond be­fore a driv­ethrough penalty for Al­los gave Wells breath­ing space to com­plete his nar­row treble. “Their penalty was a godsend,” said Lit­tle­john. “We stayed out as late as pos­si­ble to avoid giv­ing them an ad­van­tage.”

It was a roller­coaster week­end for Ben Cater in JMT Mono­posto F3, 2000 and 2000 Clas­sic. Tak­ing race one hon­ours thanks to an early pass on Chris Hod­gen, a fire in qual­i­fy­ing meant he would be ab­sent in race two, which was won by Hod­gen af­ter a three-way tus­sle with Simon Tate and Tony Bishop.

Ja­son Timms did the dou­ble in the sec­ond Mono­posto cham­pi­onship race with his Moto 1400 Dal­lara F311, al­beit aided by the race one ex­clu­sion of brother Jeremy. The 1600 class was dom­i­nated by Ge­off Fern’s Van Diemen who grabbed the hon­ours in both races.

Richard Brom­ley’s BMW E36 M3 claimed a hard-fought Track­day Cham­pi­onship win, while Henry Cur­tis bat­tled to Track­day Tro­phy suc­cess in his Peu­geot 205GTI af­ter a lengthy dice with Dar­ren John­son and Alex Hod­sall. There were 15 cars com­pet­ing for suc­cess in the MSVR All-com­ers, both races won com­fort­ably by the Rad­i­cal SR3 RS of Barry Liver­sidge ahead of the sim­i­lar car of David Fran­k­land in both.

Witt won twice, then Audi flew

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