Donington Park Report – impressions from afar- report compiled by Robert with thanks to Mark Reed – tsl-timing & Utube
Entry & quali report.
A good grid of WSSCC contenders, and a few guests made their way out on to the Grand Prix course for 15 minutes of qualifying. However it was cut short in a most dramatic fashion, when Colin Dunn crashed heavily after leaving the track on the entry to the ‘Old Hairpin’!
With the grass having a lot less grip than the tarmac, Colin was more or less a passenger, and having just missed the tyre barrier, he hit the concrete wall head on! That bought out the red flags and most people had to do with the times from 3 or 4 laps! So Colin missed race 1, but the story doesn’t end there! On the face of it Jason Davies was on pole from Chris Everill by less than a second, but after only had 4 laps of Quali, no one knew if the times were truly representative! Rodney Teague, the Class BT points leader, had his best time dis-allowed after being judged ‘ to have exceed track limits’ Mark Williams was the Class BT pole sitter.
On ROW 2 were Class CS pole sitter Damian LONGOTANO & Class BS pole sitter Gareth JOHN
ROW 3 saw Deri DAVIES & guest Tom DEE (Honda Integra) Nice to see a Honda that works!
ROW 4 was made up of guests Richard JESSOP (Mini) and David JONES (Ford Focus)
ROW 5 should have been the absent Colin DUNN which left Lyn MORGAN (CS Westfield) on his own
ROW 6 was Todd GARNER (Renault Clio) and Class BT pole sitter Mark WILLIAMS
ROW 7 was the wayward Rodney TEAGUE & Andrew WILLIAMS
ROW 8 was Class AT pole sitter Alan SMITH(Ford Ka) and Aled DARK (MG V8 s)
ROW 9 was the BMW 330 of Mike COOK & (The Professor) Andrew BARRON ((Class AT Ford Ka) Whereas Alain Prost was nicknamed ‘The Professor’ Andrew is a really one, and he is a nice guy too!
ROW 10 was Neil THOMAS & his standard MGB
The Race 15 minutes – Rolling Start
In contrast to 2018 when the rain was driven by a gale force wind – 2021 was all sweetness and sunshine. Chris Everill took the lead with Jason as close second. However once everything had warmed up, Jason took the lead and pulled away to win by almost 9 seconds after 9 laps! Damian finished 3rd with Deri Davies 4th and Gareth John 5th 6th was Todd Garner but he Lyn Morgan for close company.
In 8th David Jones was the best of the guests with Rick Jessops Mini 9th!
Tom Dee was a DNF but he set the Class I fastest lap beforehand! Mark Williams 9TH and was 1st in Class BT, with Rodney Teague close behind. Aled Dark was 12th and Andrew Williams 13th. Alan Smith won the battle of the Ford Ka from Andrew Barron. Mike Thomas was a DNF and Neil Thomas was a DNQ although he was still running!
Race 2 -15 minutes – Rolling Start
At the front, it was a re-run of race One. Chris Everill took the lead with Jason as close second. However once everything had warmed up, Jason took the lead and pulled away to win but this time by only 4.92 seconds after 10 laps! Damian finished 3rd with Deri Davies 4th and Gareth John 5th This time in 6th was Lyn Morgan but he had Todd Garner for close company.
In 8th was Rick Jessops Mini as the best of the guests with Tom Dee 9th! and 10th was Aled Dark. The big news was the battle for Class BT honours. Just like in the best Holywood thriller, after some hard work but Team Dunn, Colin Dunn made a comeback and took the grid, albeit in last place! Mark Williams was the early Class BT leader but then began to fade and stopped after 4 laps! This promoted Rodney Teague into the BT lead. However Colin was on the move and set the Class BT Fastest lap as he caught and then passed Rodney on the penultimate lap! Andrew Williams was 13th. Alan Smith again won the battle of the Ford Ka from Andrew Barron. Neil Thomas was 16th and last!