Race 1 – Donington Park

May 8th, 2011 by alisonpepler.

In drier conditions the smarts headed off for their first ever UK race and polesitter David Moore was immediately under pressure from Paul Abraham going into the first corner.  But surprisingly, at the end of the first lap of the 20 minute race, it was Sarah Franklin leading, Moore falling down to 3rd with an engine mapping problem.  This was also going to affect the cars of Abraham, Charlie Burt, Paul Bates, Tom Mills and James Palmer.

With those drivers having to battle it out further down the field, as the race progressed it was Franklin and Kayman that provided the entertainment for the crowds.  Lap 4 saw them going down the Craner Curves and also upto McLeans side by side, in what proved to be an exciting battle between the female racer and the novice.

Experienced driver, Paul Bates stuck his car in the gravel at the Old Hairpin but it was the novices that were showing the way; Warren Brenner and David Nash battling for 3rd and 4th, after making their way up from 9th and 10th respectively.

Setting a fastest time of 1.36.724 on the last lap, Franklin claimed the first win of the series beating Kayman by 1.093 seconds to the line.  David Nash completed the podium, making a mistake at the final chicane to narrowly beat Brenner, who was just 0.143 seconds behind.

Sarah was ecstatic after her win: ‘I got an absolute blinding start from 6th on the grid.  There was a group of three of us battling away then one of them dropped off.  Move of the day was definitely the one where Howard got me at Redgate, then I just chucked it up the inside.  But Howard kept me honest all the way through.’

Despite qualifying at the back of the grid, Howard showed how racy the smarts are: ‘Qualifying was bad because we didn’t have the turbo boost, so I was ten seconds off the pace.  I got a great launch as soon as the lights went off and there were a few close calls during the race with Sarah, but I just wanted to finish it.’

Another novice, David Nash was surprised to have made it onto the podium: ‘I can’t believe it, from 9th on the grid to finish 3rd can’t be a bad start for my first ever race.  Warren was just behind me on the grid and if nothing else, I had to finish ahead of him!’

Race 1 result

1.  Sarah Franklin

2.  Howard Kayman

3.  David Nash

4.  Warren Brenner

5.  Charlie Burt

6.  Paul Abraham

7.  James Palmer

8.  Tom mills

9.  David Moore

DNF  Paul Bates

DNC  David Green


  1. Howard Kayman ( May 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm )

    Really loved it and just wish I didn’t have any problems in Qualifying but look forward to seeing you all again soon