Race 2 – Donington Park

May 8th, 2011 by alisonpepler.

Race two saw the drivers take to the track in the early evening and it was Charlie Burt and James Palmer that made the best starts, with race one winner Sarah Franklin failing to capitalise on her pole position.

By the end of lap one, youngster David Moore had battled his way upto 2nd and was aiming for the lead duelling with Charlie Burt down at the Old Hairpin.  But a lap later proved a decisive moment for the race at Redgate.

Brief leader Charlie explained: ‘I went into the corner and somebody rammed into my back.  I was going backwards and somebody hit me again and I just barrel-rolled.’

Able to get out and walk away, he also drive the car back to the paddock once it was back on four wheels at the end of the race.

It continued under yellow flags and Moore shot off into the distance building up a sizeable lead over 2nd placed Franklin.  Narrowly missing out on a podium in the first race, Warren Breener was upto 3rd, with James Palmer and David Nash following closely behind.  As with the first race, the novices were stealing the show and Nash executed a perfect passing move on Palmer to grab 4th spot.

Having opened up a lead of nearly 8.9 seconds at one point, Moore had started to get the same car issues from race one.  But despite this the Tockwith Motorsport driver took his maiden win, with Franklin only 1.667 seconds behind.

David was pleased to have taken the top spot: ‘The car was hesitating round the right-handers in the first race which was problematic.  This seemed to resolve itself for the second race, and despite starting in 9th I caught a lot of drivers under late breaking into the corners.  It was fun, I’ve enjoyed it and it has been a great day.’

Sarah was disappointed to have not done the double: ‘It was my first ever pole position so it was rather strange going around the green flag lap with no one in front of me! I think it all went to my head a little as I got a poor start and lost out some places going down the Craner Curves.  Then on lap 3, I was on the inside of Charlie Burt going through Redgate, and despite being side by side, he turned in on me and his car went around the front of my car. My side skirt fell off and caught in his wheel arch, sending him rolling on the grass. I had some brake issues after the collision but was on a mission!’

3rd placed Warren joked that he’d put the car in reverse after making a terrible start: ‘It was shocking, the car was jumping on the start line and everybody went past me.  I thought the race was over, so I just carried on and during the race the car got better.  I’m a complete novice and had a brilliant day, can’t wait for the next one!’

Race 1 result

1.  David Moore

2.  Sarah Franklin

3.  Warren Brenner

4.  David Nash

5.  James Palmer

6.  Ronnie Amis

7.  Paul Bates

8.  Tom Mills

DNF  Charlie Burt

DNF  Paul Abrahams

DNF David Green

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