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Five Cater­ham championships head­lined the BRSCC Fi­nals bill at Don­ing­ton as a to­tal of six cham­pi­ons were crowned in a week­end hit by mixed weather con­di­tions.

Aaron Head may well have dom­i­nated this year’s Cater­ham Superlight Cham­pi­onship with nine wins on his way to ti­tle glory last month at Croft, but the 24-year-old would not grace the top step of the podium this time – with both races set­tled by less than 0.4-sec­ond mar­gins.

Danny Winstanley snatched a last-lap win dur­ing Satur­day’s opener, fol­low­ing a re­lent­less 30-minute tus­sle over the lead that in­cluded 10 cars – at least! In the sea­son fi­nale, Lee Wig­gins fended off a re­mark­able re­cov­ery ef­fort from Head, who charged through from 22nd after a DNF the pre­vi­ous day. Ben Tuck and Jack Brown each recorded vic­to­ries in Cater­ham Su­per­sports as newly crowned cham­pion Wil­liam Smith grad­u­ated to the R300-S class.

Scot­tish young­ster Daniel Brem­ner took his fourth Track­sport win of 2016, while Don­ald Hen­shall kept Steve Mc­cul­ley at bay on a wet-dry Sun­day to record his maiden Cater­ham vic­tory. A pair of top six fin­ishes proved enough for Russ Oli­vant to se­cure the Road­sport cham­pi­onship after race one win­ner Daniel Quin­tero was one of three driv­ers ex­cluded from the re­sults for fail­ing to slow suf­fi­ciently un­der waved yel­lows. Rui Fer­reira in­her­ited the vic­tory, but fell back in the sec­ond en­counter as An­drew Perry stormed through from sixth for his first win of the year.

Ben Gil­lias fought back from sixth and passed di­rect ri­val Jay Mccor­mack for the lead on the fi­nal tour to snatch the Academy White Cham­pi­onship by just two points. The same grand­stand fin­ish could not be repli­cated in the fight for the Academy Green ti­tle, as a safety car con­clu­sion de­nied Peter Spencer the op­por­tu­nity to pass ri­val Steven Tozer, with the lat­ter com­ing out on top. Both groups came to­gether for the an­nual end-of­sea­son Academy Au­tumn Tro­phy, in which Mccor­mack can­tered to vic­tory in rel­a­tive com­fort after mak­ing a light­ningquick start from row three.

Only re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues stopped Ja­son Timms from record­ing a clean sweep of race vic­to­ries on­board his Dal­lara F311 in the Mono­posto Tiede­man Tro­phy. Timms beat Neil Har­ri­son in the first out­ing but was forced into re­tire­ment in the sec­ond race when tech­ni­cal grem­lins struck after he had pulled over 10s clear. Mean­while a pair of class wins ce­mented Geoff Fern as the over­all Tro­phy cham­pion.

In the Pro­duc­tion GTI Mk2 Cham­pi­onship Chris Webb wrapped up the 16V crown with a dou­ble podium as run­ner-up Nick Porter and Adam Hance each tasted the win­ning spoils. Matthew Petts brought out the red flags in the opener when he dra­mat­i­cally rolled his VW Golf onto its roof at the Old Hair­pin, yet, de­spite be­ing side­lined from the fi­nal race with a heav­i­ly­dam­aged car, Petts was still able to se­cure the 8V ti­tle as ri­val Wes Chat­ter­ton failed to record a class win.

Charlie Cudlipp achieved the only brace of out­right race wins through­out the en­tire week­end by con­trol­ling pro­ceed­ings in the Pro­duc­tion GTI Mk5 Se­ries. The Som­er­set driver swept past pole­sit­ter Andy Baylie into the right-handed first cor­ner of Redgate to take an early lead, which he had stretched out by the che­quered flag, be­fore re­peat­ing a sim­i­larly peer­less per­for­mance in the sec­ond event.

Nip­pon Chal­lenge reg­u­lar Richard Hock­ley over­came a slug­gish start from pole po­si­tion to claim his maiden win in his first ap­pear­ance in the Honda VTEC Chal­lenge. Hav­ing suf­fered a dra­matic en­gine blowout in the open­ing race, Jeff Cooper re­cov­ered from 13th on the grid to earn a re­mark­able vic­tory in a topsy-turvy sec­ond en­counter. Cooper made the race- win­ning pass in the clos­ing stages when Steve Saw­ley mis­judged his brak­ing into the fi­nal chi­cane, al­low­ing the for­mer to sneak by. In the Smart 4 Two Cup, Alan Palmer twice led home James Palmer to boast class hon­ours.

An eclec­tic mix of 39 pre-1960 Tour­ing Cars con­tested a 45-minute en­duro in the HRDC Tour­ing Greats, as Neil Brown took ad­van­tage of mis­for­tune for Mike and An­drew Jor­dan to steal the over­all race vic­tory. Fa­ther/ son pair­ing Mike and An­drew had carved open a 35s lead but sur­ren­dered an al­most-cer­tain win when their shared Austin A40 en­coun­tered some rear brake prob­lems.

Mike Jor­dan re­cov­ered from the DNF dis­ap­point­ment in the HRDC Al­ls­tars, beat­ing Mike Whi­taker and Mark Hal­stead to vic­tory in a TVR Grif­fith. Jor­dan had at one stage en­joyed a com­fort­able mar­gin out front, be­fore a late charge by Whi­taker al­lowed him to close to within 0.5s as the pair crossed the line nose-to-tail after 30 min­utes of rac­ing.

Winstanley and Wig­gins (be­hind) won Su­perlights

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