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Race Reports

The Return of Donington Park - This time it’s a bit more serious…

return donnington parkThe more astute among you will remember we have already been to Donington once this season, back in June and it did not disappoint, serving up two equally exciting races would be a tough act to follow. Since then we have been to Anglesey which thrilled us with a tight circuit, glorious weather and yet more exciting racing.  This time however our return to Donington is a bit more serious, a successful sequel we all know must be better than its predecessor. Would Donington continue the GAZ Shocks Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA run of form and treat us again to a taste of fine motoring cuisine? In short, yes, but to find out why you will just have to read on.

Early on Saturday morning twenty eight finely prepared BMW 318 Compacts head out onto a dreary Donington circuit, clouds hanging grey in the sky, qualifying is underway. Taking his debut in the GAZ Shocks Compact Cup sponsored by MAHA Tom Onslow-Cole normally the pilot behind the wheels of the WSR Ebay British Touring Cars machine was to get his first taste of just what all the fuss of this Tin Top series was all about. His first time in the car our full time racing driver and all round good guy would be pitching his racecraft against some of the UK’s best club racing drivers as well as upcoming star of TVRs Danny Winstanley and the ever quick Rob Boston usually found competing in the Lotus Elise Trophy. The clock ticking down to the end of the session lap after lap would see improvements from all, the times tumbling away as drivers found there groove and reminded themselves of the flow of the East Anglian circuit. Business as usual it would seem, Andrew Tsang taking another pole position and Ryan Bensley lining up alongside to lock out the front row. Rob Boston competing in the red and silver liveried Rude Racing car would line up behind them with Stephen Roberts for company. For Tom OC though success was a little further from his reach, even though each time he crossed the start and finish line he was that bit quicker than previous lap, eighth position was the best he could achieve showing him just what he was up against. He would have a fine view of Alex Dew in fifth place and Martin Gambling in sixth place ahead of him on the grid and Danny Winstanley alongside for seventh.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 September 2012 08:15

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Lotus Festival 18/19th August 2012

elise trophy august 2012 webWith beautiful weather and large crowds the 2012 Lotus Festival promised much and did not fail to excite the thousands of spectators.

Elise Trophy Race 1

With Andrew Bentley having engine problems during qualifying and failing to make the start of race 1 it was always going to be a somewhat easier day at the office for Rob Boston and it was left to Craig Denman and Warren Scott to carry the fight for the other podium places.

Craig and Warren had a fine battle but while they squabbled with each other Boston drove off to a 23 second lead by the end of the race. Craig Denman came out on top on the race to the other podiums with a second place and Warren Scott in third.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 19:33

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Oulton Park 28/7 2012

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The Elise Trophy has been dominated in 2012 by one man: Rob Boston. The former Mazda MX5 Champion entered the series along with fellow roadster racer Tom Roche at the opening Silverstone round and despite losing out to Steve Quick in the first race, never looked back from the second encounter onwards. Victories at Brands Hatch and Castle Combe leave him in position to complete another double at Oulton Park.

However the Cheshire track is one of the country’s trickiest, with undulations and twisting bends that can catch out the best of drivers, especially when driving a car with a mid-engine layout. Ken Savage will be heading a list of drivers looking to depose the new king of Elise racing, whilst Oulton specialist Ben Hyland returns to the scene of his only victory in the series.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 15:06

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Victory for Deacon in Lotus Cup UK at Oulton Park

rob broston brands hatch may2012 webSimon Deacon made the most of a safety car period during the Oulton Park round of Lotus Cup UK, whilst problems for the GWS Exige and championship leader Steve Train helped him to take victory in the one hour race. GWS’ Jamie Stanley used local knowledge to build a useful lead after an early challenge from Adrian Hall faltered during the pitstop sequence. However team mate Glenn Sherwood was unable to hold onto the advantage and just as Train took the lead both were handed penalties for pitstop infringements.

Deacon headed fellow 2-Eleven runner Tom Chatterway, whilst title challengers BJ Chong and Paul McNeily took Open class honours in third from the Evora of Steve Williams and Martin Donnelly.

Rob Boston took the Production class win, which made up for a relatively unsuccessful day in the Elise Trophy, at least by his high standards. Heading for a runaway victory in race one, a late drama handed the win to Andrew Bentley, who took the second encounter on merit after fighting his way to the front from the reversed-grid.


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 06:35

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Denwood takes first win of 2012 at Donington Park

donnington june 2012For rounds 5 and 6 of the GAZ Shocks BMW Compact sponsored by MAHA UK headed to Donington Park Circuit. Located below the flight path of East Midlands Airport the aircraft overhead struggling to cause distraction to what would ultimately be an exciting weekend of racing.

Mixed conditions were the order of the day on Sunday with high winds, sunshine and rain all forecast in equalling amounts, strategy, car setup and adaptability would be the key to success at this fast paced circuit. Having rained overnight extensively the damp weather was doing its best to hang around and the formulas on track early on contended with drizzle at times and a wet circuit. However by the time the Compact Cup cars took to the circuit for qualifying a drying line was becoming visible and although conditions were far from ideal they were more favourable than earlier in the day. In good conditions a laptime in the 1:26s range was possible and would see a good grid position as the reward but conditions were far from ideal and Andrew Tsang was the only one to break the 1:27s marker with a time of 1:27.86 securing him his 3rd pole position of the season. Ryan Bensley in the MAHA car 61 would once again line up side by side with Tsang but this time qualifying behind the driver of the white 53 car by 0.30 of a second. Cars 99 of Martin Gambling and car 55 Kevin Denwood rounding off the top four. Commenting on the conditions Tsang mentioned that although still damp the drying line was improving, providing no further rain reached the circuit before the first race, conditions at Donington would allow for an exciting race in both sessions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:45

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