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Donington was bathed in autumnal sunshine this time round and was certainly a lot warmer then the March meeting. In a bumper timetable with no less then 28 races to get through, there was action aplenty. Below is a small selection of images with the full galleries available on the website.
Donington's Packed Timetable..
Donington hosted a bumper timetable with no less then 28 races..
The 750MC returned to its 'home' track with a bumper timetable across the weekend. With the previous Donington meeting being snowed off in March some of the formulae returned for a second attempt. This time the weather was set fair with warm, sunny conditions across the weekend.
In a quick roundup, Hot Hatch saw Ben Rushworth do the double after a difficult qualifying session which saw him start 5th. In Class B it was Phil Wright who won both closing the gap to Rodren Vella in the championship, Class was a win apiece from Michael Winkworth and Silverstone race winner Ian Williamson. In the M3 cup Simon Walker-Hansell took double victory, as there was a nasty incident in the first race for David Whitmore and Graham Crowhurst as they crashed due to Crowhurst having a sideways moment at Redgate. Bikesports saw Joe Stables continue his domination of the championship with double victory. Armed Forces saw Mark Inman complete the double as title contender Will Ashmore had car trouble from the get go. MR2s saw a close qualifying between the cars with pole for Paul Cook, Cook won the both races, with championship contenders Ben Rowe and Shaun Traynor finishing on the podium. Locost races were interrupted by several red flags causing race 1 of the weekend to be cancelled as a nasty accident involving 11 cars needed clearing up. It was Mark Burton who took double victory in the truncated races to help his championship cause. In the Clio 182s it was Ryan Polley who put his silver Clio on pole, in the first race it was Patrick Fletcher who led the way clinching victory. Race 2 was a closer affair with Fletcher leading, Jack Kingsbury and Don De Graaff hot on his heels. In the last corner of the last lap Kingsbury got a better run to the line and beat Fletcher by 0.04sec! Sports Specials saw Rob Johnson on pole, in the races it was Andy Hiley who stole the show taking double victory. The BMW Car Club boasted healthy grids with 25 cars. Michael Cutt won race one, Lee Deegan won the 6 Class, Clive Watson won in the cup class. Race two went the way of Cutt, in class 6 it was Rob Alman and Watson repeated his victory. In the 750 Formula with Bill Cowley starting at the back due to problems, it left Peter Bove on pole. At the start Bob Simpson launched into the lead he stayed there until lap 3, he retired later that lap due to car trouble. Cowley climbed the leaderboard but had to retire due to mechanical issues, this left Mark Glover to come through and take victory. In race two it was a mighty drive from Cowley from the back of the field to take victory. Formula Vee saw two close battles for the victory. In race one Graham Gant was victorious by just 0.21secs from Daniel Hands and Ben Miloudi. In race two it was Hands to won from Craig Pollard. In the historic 750 Formula it was Christian Pederson who dominated the first race winning by over 37 seconds, from Simon Boulter and Martin Depper. In the handicap race it saw Ian Grant in his Austin 7 claim victory by just under 4 seconds from Roger Rowe and Mike Peck.
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Meet The Driver - Sam McKee
Sam McKee races a BMW E36 in Roadsports/Club Enduro and BMW Car Club. Oh and he drives the car to the track for every meeting. We put 10 questions to Sam:
Which is your favourite circuit?
Easy, Cadwell. There aren’t many places you get to drive your racing car on a rollercoaster, and then try to overtake people at the same time – and that’s what this beautiful little stretch of tarmac in Lincolnshire does for you! I love Oulton, I found Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit surprisingly excellent – I thought it’d be too big for my car but it isn’t, it flows really nicely even at sensible speeds – and Donington will always hold a special place in my heart. But none of them stand up to our own little Nürburgring!
Do you ever worry that you may damage the car and how you would get home?
When I’m out there, honestly, no. It never crosses my mind. A lot of people tell me I’d be a second a lap faster if I had a trailer – that could be fun to see! – but the reality is it makes no difference for me, the limiting factors are (in ascending order) that a) I won’t win if I’m in the wall; b) I can’t afford to be repairing the car after every time it goes out; c) I have a hell of a lot to lose if I suffer a really bad accident! Getting home afterwards is the least of my worries. I felt very well-prepared when I started bringing “just in case” old brake pads and discs with me.
Would you consider racing in another formula?
Absolutely, and I have – as well as the 2CV 24hr race, this year I did two races in the BMW CCR sprint series at Donington, and I’m finishing the season off with Club Enduro at Snetterton because we plan to move up to a full championship campaign there next season. I’ll enter anything I can get my hands on, the more different cars you drive and the more paddocks you mix with, the more complete a driver you’re becoming. I want to do a 24hr next year as well, and perhaps try out a GT-type car to see what it’s really like.
What has been your most memorable moment of 2018?
So far? Seeing Adam cross the line to finish 3rd at Cadwell – his first-ever podium in only his third race, the car’s first podium in Class C, and one that we’d both had to fight really hard for. It was a great feeling knowing that we had the pace to fight at the front in a much more competitive class!
Do you have any pre race superstitions?!
Actually, no! I try to keep to a routine when getting the car prepped before a session, changing into my race kit and so on, but just because it helps focus me rather than because I have any superstitions over it. I think it’s a slippery slope, you’re just opening yourself up to psychological disadvantage if for any reason you can’t apply your special charm before a race. No lucky boxers, else everyone would have seen them in the pit garage by now!
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Driver Of The Month - Graham Gant
Congratulations to Graham Gant - Formula Vee driver for winning Driver of the Month. Considering Graham hasn't competed in all the rounds this year, he is still up there in the championship table. Graham started his weekend at Donington by qualifying third behind Ben Miloudi and Daniel Hands. The first race saw an epic battle for the win between Miloudi, Hands, Gant and Pollard. The lead swapped with Gant out from for the first few laps before Miloudi took the lead, with Gant falling to fourth. He fought his way back to the front by lap 7 and stayed there to hold on to a well deserved victory. Sadly race two only lasted 4 laps due to red flags. Gant led the first two before finishing just 1.4 seconds behind in 4th showing just how close the field is in Vee's. Gant will be looking to end the season on a high at the Snetterton 200 circuit in a couple of weeks.
A special mention must go to Bob Simpson. He made an absolutely amazing start to launch off the line in race one to lead. In his 50th year of racing it was so lovely to see him lead the pack round. Sadly mechanical issues forced him to retire. Bob's next races are at Snetterton in a couple of weeks.
Another special mention must go to Matt Faizey who claimed outright victory in the Club Enduro at Anglesey earlier in the month. In his class B Porsche he beat Class A cars including BMWs in the wet/dry conditions by a lap. Matt is fighting for the overall title with Class C competitors Steve Hewson and Matt Nossiter which is going down the wire at Snetterton.
MACAW News -
Ian Williamson claims a double podium at Donington. Carrying on from Silverstone, Ian finished a fine 2nd in class in the first Hot Hatch race and went one better in race two with victory.
Rob Fagg rounded the podium off in the first race with Chris Woods finishing 4th and Paul Kaynes in 6th. In race two Rob went one better finishing 2nd completing a MACAW 1-2 finish. Chris finished 5th in class, very nearly on two wheels! Certainly was the showman of Donington!! Paul Kaynes had a gravelly moment and retired at the Roberts chicane.