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Donington Grand Prix Circuit
19/20 September 2015 Rounds 11 and 12 1600, Moto, 1800, Dtec



A 26 car field descended on Donington’s Grand Prix circuit for the September double header, with fine autumnal weather a feature throughout the weekend.

Moto

After qualifying 4 seconds quicker than his nearest rival, a Jeremy Timms Dallara victory in race 1 seemed a formality, particularly so at half distance when he had an 18 second lead. But to win you must first finish and on lap 7 Jeremy pulled off at the Old Hairpin. Based on qualifyingh, 2nd fastest fellow family member Jason would have been expected to uphold family honour, but a poor start meant he was never higher than 3rd, after which his rear wing mysteriously collapsed, leading to a pit stop and an eventual finish 2 laps down in 19th place overall.

Behind the Timms family front row was the first "traditional" Moto engined Jedi, with Anthony Gauntlett quickest of 3 similar cars, all split by less than 1 second. Anthony duly completed lap 1 in 2nd place, but was quickly overtaken by Marc Fortune in his recently acquired Dallara, and despite a late race revival Anthony just failed to take the eventual win after Jeremy’s retirement, being 1.3 seconds behind Marc at the flag. Jonathan Reed in his Jedi was a close 3rd, having passed Craig Hurran’s similar car on lap 5, eventually pulling out a 14 second gap. Andrew Gordon Colebrooke took his Team Fern racing entry to 5th, having reduced his lap time by 2 seconds and thus eclipsing the returning Mick Kinghorn in his JKS which finished 6th in class.

Completing the 13 car Moto entry were final class finishers 2015 newcomers Martin Wright and Kyle Cutts, while Dan Levy retired his Jedi after 5 laps while lying in 6th place; Geoffrey Cowell only completed 7 laps which was more than Len Turner who went home after only 1 lap of practice.

Sunday’s practise reflected Saturday although Jeremy’s dominance had been slightly reduced to "only" 3 seconds as Marc Fortune was nearly 3 seconds quicker than the previous day and shared the front row. A repeat win also seemed likely as Jeremy initially stalled on the line, slightly delaying the start and eventually getting away in 4th place. However by the end of lap 1 he was already up to 2nd, and took the lead on lap 2. He was never troubled thereafter, thus sealing the Class Championship for 2015. A controversially operated safety car, deployed after a delayed Dan Levy deposited his Jedi in Redgate beach, picked up Marc Fortune rather than Jeremy, and led to Jeremy eventually winning by an artificial 62 seconds from Marc, who again had Anthony Gauntlett and Jonathan Reed as his closest challengers. Also in this group for most of the race was Nigel Davers in his BMW engined Jedi who only appeared on Sunday, and probably wished he hadn’t as the engine blew up in a big way on the Grand Prix loop on the last lap.

Benefitting from Nigel’s misfortune Mick Kinghorn completed the top 5 in his JKS, finishing ahead of Kyle Cutts and Martin Wright. Failing to finish were Andrew Gordon Colebrooke and Geoff Cowell, while Jason Timms pulled into the pits at the end of the first lap, and Craig Hurran failed to start after qualifying 6th quickest.


1800

With Avit Motorsport supplying half the 1800 entries in the form of Ewen Sergison, Matt Walters and Richard Greening and their respective Swift’s, it is perhaps not surprising that their cars dominated both races .Returning team owner Ewen won both races, after initially qualifying behind Matt in race 1. Matt took 2nd in race 1 but was just beaten by Martin Short in the Medina Van Diemen in the 2nd race after swapping positions a couple of times during the race.

The remaining positions were taken by David Jones in his immaculate 1982 Van Diemen FF2000,and Philip Davis in his equally immaculate, but more recent Van Diemen RF98 Zetec. Richard Greening in his Swift completed the field on Saturday but pulled off exiting Redgate on Sunday.

1600

Geoff Fern has been largely untroubled in the 1600 class this year and his domination continued at Donington as he took both class victories. On Saturday his nearest rival, Eddie Guest, retired his Lola with throttle linkage issues allowing Tony Cotton in his Vauxhall Junior his best result of the year with 2nd. Following overnight repairs Sunday returned Eddie to his customary class position of 2nd, with Tony 3rd.

Final 1600 runners were John Hare in his Van Dieman RF88, who managed a 3rd and a 4th, while Jock Sergison in his Highlander completed the class, but failed to finish both races.

Duratec

Douglas McLay in his Mygale was the only class runner on Saturday after Thomas Craincourt had practice issues which were not resolved until Saturday evening following a trip to the Silverstone trading estate. The team awaited the return of the Silverstone envoy with the car dismantled and a degree of Sang-Froid rarely seen in any paddock.On Sunday Thomas showed his pace winning the class in his 2008 Mygale and finishing 7th overall, while Doug completed his successful weekend in 12th overall.

Nigel Bland

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