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The third Ginetta Junior race at Donington Park was the proper demonstration of why Aston Millar and Liam McNeilly are the one two drivers now left in title rivalry. The pair had fought on the entrance of the class’s largest-ever subject all weekend however labored collectively to tug 10 seconds away from the chasing pack within the finale after which loved an exhilarating battle of their very own.

“It was good Liam was keen to work with me to tug away,” stated R Racing driver Millar. “However I knew he was going to go for it sooner or later! He did and I obtained straight again forward.”

McNeilly had remained proper on factors chief Millar’s tail all through and that transfer got here at Redgate on lap 9 of 12. The Fox Motorsport driver dived down the within of Millar, making slight contact and was by way of – however Millar fought again at McLeans. It was nonetheless not over, although, as McNeilly, who was aware of how expensive a DNF could be at this level within the season, obtained again forward at McLeans on the following lap earlier than Millar once more stormed previous at Coppice on the penultimate tour. McNeilly tried to out-drag his rival to the road however to no avail.

Earlier, McNeilly grabbed the lead initially of a security car-disrupted opener earlier than Millar ran side-by-side with him down the Craner Curves on the restart – Luke Watts having crashed on the chicane – sealing the transfer into the {Old} Hairpin. However it was McNeilly’s flip to pounce after the second warning interval – this time instigated when Jack Sherwood collected a spinning Edward Pearson on the {Old} Hairpin – as he retook the lead at Coppice and held on to win.

Millar had additionally briefly fallen behind Seb Hopkins however battled again to second, whereas Jamie Osborne pounced on a dramatic remaining tour to snare his maiden podium.

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The second race was red-flagged after Watts had a heavier shunt on the chicane, establishing a frenetic six-lap shootout. Millar led initially earlier than dropping again to fifth as Robert de Haan and Josh Rowledge had spells in entrance, however Millar’s comeback was accomplished with a transfer on Rowledge at Coppice on the ultimate tour.

That consequence ensured Millar continued his document of ending each race within the high six and means he’s within the field seat with a 48-point lead heading into the Manufacturers Hatch finale.

Smalley took benefit of Hibbert’s woes to increase Ginetta GT4 Supercup lead

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Previous to the Donington Park spherical, the hole between the evenly matched Adam Smalley and Tom Hibbert had solely as soon as exceeded the 35 factors for a win on the finish of a Ginetta GT4 Supercup weekend. However the title momentum swung considerably in Smalley’s favour on the penultimate occasion of the season as he stole what could possibly be a decisive march on his rival, pulling 44 factors clear.

Hibbert’s weekend was badly affected by a qualifying session to overlook. With simply over 5 minutes to go, the Rob Boston Racing driver had nonetheless to set a consultant lap time. And, when he finally did, it was later struck from the timesheets as a result of a yellow flag was out, leaving Hibbert consigned to a 14th-place begin for the opening race. To compound his troubles, the biggest entry of the season meant he discovered it troublesome to make progress and seventh ended up being his finest results of the weekend.

Though Smalley didn’t win any of the races on the highway, he nonetheless took benefit of Hibbert’s struggles. However it was Smalley’s Elite Motorsport team-mate, outdoors title contender Josh Rattican, who led all through the opener. Smalley appeared set for second till charging debutant James Kellett made a transfer at McLeans with two laps remaining. Nevertheless, with Kellett not eligible to attain championship factors as he has solely joined for the ultimate two occasions, Smalley was nonetheless capable of decide up the 30 factors on provide for second place.

Kellett went one higher in race two, taking the victory in a disrupted encounter after leaping Rattican off the road. Rattican, Smalley and Reece Somerfield ran side-by-side on the primary lap, but it surely was Smalley who snuck forward. Rattican closed proper in on Smalley within the latter phases, however a pink flag – with Luke Reade off on the chicane – put a halt to their scrap, that means Smalley obtained the utmost rating.

The duo had the possibility to resume their battle within the finale and Rattican solid his manner forward on the within of Coppice on the final lap to take third behind Carlito Miracco and James Blake-Baldwin. Quick-starting former Compact Cup and Method Ford 1600 ace Steve Roberts ran second early on earlier than being eased extensive into the Redgate gravel by Blake-Baldwin and dropping to sixth.

All of which means Smalley enters the Manufacturers Hatch remaining spherical in a powerful place over Hibbert, who’s now in peril of shedding runner-up spot to Rattican, simply 17 factors behind.

Cammish profited from Hanafin's track-limits infringement in Porsche Carrera Cup GB

Cammish profited from Hanafin’s track-limits infringement in Porsche Carrera Cup GB

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Two issues occurred at Donington Park that weren’t nice for Dan Cammish: the British Touring Automotive Championship Honda wherein he ought to have been starring in 2021 gained two races within the arms of Gordon Shedden; and Cammish didn’t win any within the Carrera Cup automobile he’s campaigning this season. However the excellent news was that he prolonged his factors lead going into the ultimate spherical at Manufacturers Hatch.

The opener was a case of 2020 revisited, with Harry King getting a blistering begin from pole and main all the best way to win by almost seven seconds. The early-morning begin appeared to catch out Kiern Jewiss, permitting Lorcan Hanafin into second.

Jewiss started to return beneath assault from Cammish, who in flip had Will Martin in tow. Cammish obtained down the within exiting Coppice and into the chicane on the eighth lap of 23, and Martin seemed to take benefit too, just for fluid leaking from the right-rear to spell the top of his race and trigger pandemonium within the midfield. Cammish then hunted down Hanafin, and he and Jewiss have been promoted when Hanafin was penalised 5s for track-limits offences.

Josh Malin led race two from reversed-grid pole, however locked up into Redgate on the second lap. This delayed Hanafin, and Jewiss squeezed by way of right into a lead he would by no means lose to finish a double for Crew Parker, regardless of stress from the spectacular Malin.

Cammish moved to fourth when contact between Hanafin and King put the reigning champion on the grass on the chicane. At half-distance Cammish grabbed third from Hanafin, who vainly tried to defend from King. Cue one other contact between the pair.

After reaching the chequered flag, Cammish holds a nine-point lead heading into the Manufacturers Hatch finale.  

Rees (l) battles JHR team-mate Cresswell en route to British F4 victory

Rees (l) battles JHR team-mate Cresswell en path to British F4 victory

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“Coming into this weekend, I hated Donington Park!” admitted Matthew Rees. However the JHR Developments driver likes the Leicestershire venue a little bit bit extra now after two wins propelled him again into the British Method 4 factors lead.

On his crew’s native circuit, Rees returned to type with a double pole and dominated a boring opening contest, main residence fellow JHR racer McKenzy Cresswell and Eduardo Coseteng – whose third place now means each driver on this 12 months’s grid has taken not less than one podium. Crucially for Rees, his key rival Matias Zagazeta was solely capable of progress to sixth after a difficult qualifying.

Rees added one other win within the finale, regardless of initially shedding out to Cresswell – who stormed across the outdoors at Redgate. However Rees tried to struggle again on the second lap, going side-by-side by way of the Craner Curves earlier than Zagazeta made it three abreast at McLeans. Inevitably, they didn’t all keep on monitor and Zagazeta was the loser as Rees pulled clear to take a cushty 12-second win. Zagazeta fought again to second to restrict the injury to his title bid.

In between Rees’s wins, Georgi Dimitrov claimed his third reversed-grid triumph in an eventful second encounter, whereas Rees fought from the again to seventh.

Dan Zelos’ cost in the direction of the Mini Problem crown was halted at Donington Park as his Excelr8 team-mate Max Chicken diminished his result in 31 factors.

Zelos was on the backfoot heading into the weekend with an eight-place grid penalty hanging over from Croft and he struggled to make progress within the opener. He then battled engine woes in race two earlier than preventing again to sixth within the finale.

Chicken took full benefit, claiming three podiums – together with race-two spoils – regardless of having brake and clutch problems with his personal within the opener.

However it was Jack Davidson who was the standout driver of the weekend. The Lux Motorsport man grabbed the race-one lead from Sam Weller on the {Old} Hairpin however was handed a five-place grid penalty for the second race, having been discovered to have dropped too far again from the security automobile late within the race.

Regardless of this setback, he grabbed second within the closing phases with one other transfer on Weller – this time at Redgate. And Davidson accomplished a shocking weekend by snatching the win after a prolonged warning interval within the finale with a transfer at Redgate on, you guessed it, Weller. Additional again, sequence debutant Bobby Thompson was a powerful fifth – having charged from final to ninth in race two, following earlier driveshaft woes.

Newman took title by the narrowest of margins

Newman took title by the narrowest of margins

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Snetterton BRSCC: Academy aces graduate in fashion with thrilling finale

The Caterham Academy’s first-year racers stole the present at Snetterton, the place the 2 teams’ titles have been each determined by a single level following hard-fought, clear races.

After escaping to win Saturday’s Inexperienced group battle, Freddie Chiddicks headed into Sunday’s damp finale with a two-point benefit over Geoff Newman. The duo exchanged the lead all through earlier than Newman rounded Chiddicks at Brundle on the ultimate lap and nailed the final three corners to crucially snatch quickest lap too, denying Chiddicks the title by the narrowest of margins.

“To me it was simply one other race,” stated Newman. “I got here right here to be taught to drive, so simply getting on the rostrum is one thing. All credit score to Freddie – if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have put in a lot effort.”

Saturday’s White group thriller was determined solely when Charlie Decrease ran extensive at Murray’s on the ultimate tour and was out-dragged by Harry George by 0.16 seconds. In Sunday’s rematch, Decrease held on to prevail by an virtually similar margin and pip George to the title by a single mark. Chiddicks claimed a way more snug success over George and Newman when the teams mixed for the non-championship Autumn Trophy race.

In a controversial conclusion, Chris Middlehurst clawed again a 38-point deficit with two races remaining within the Method Ford 1600 Nationwide Championship to take the crown for a second time – 10 years after his first title.

A dramatic National FF1600 decider ended with Middlehurst as champion

A dramatic Nationwide FF1600 decider ended with Middlehurst as champion

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Pre-weekend factors chief Alex Walker had strengthened his benefit by passing Middlehurst at Riches to win the opener in his Kevin Mills Racing Spectrum. Crew Dolan man Middlehurst’s Van Diemen was shuffled again to fifth, simply forward of the third title contender, Max Esterson (Low Dempsey Racing Ray).

Walker and Crew Dolan Van Diemen visitor driver Niall Murray ran extensive at Flip 3 on the opening tour of Sunday morning’s moist sequel, letting KMR’s Tom Mills escape to a commanding maiden win from Middlehurst. As Murray and Walker disputed third, they clashed at Brundle and Nelson, Walker’s injury forcing him out.

From twelfth on the grid, Walker rose to eighth on the primary lap of race three earlier than contact when attempting to spherical Morgan Quinn’s Crew Dolan entry at Riches left each automobiles within the limitations and ended Walker’s title hopes. Whereas Murray took a cushty win from third on the partially reversed grid, Middlehurst’s drive to 3rd behind Mills was sufficient to seal the crown.

Cosworth YB energy helped race sponsor Piers Grange’s ex-Matt Moore Escort RSR to Modified Fords success on Saturday, holding off Jack Gadd’s late problem in a Millington-motivated instance. Gadd’s journey over the Murray’s kerbs allowed Ashley Shelswell’s Mustang-engined Sierra XR4i to grab second. Delayed by Shelswell’s spin within the moist race two, Grange may solely get better to second behind James Harris’s giant-killing Pinto-powered Mk2 Escort. With Grange lacking, Rod Birley’s Escort WRC seemed set to say race three till dropping into limp mode, permitting Gadd to carry off Shelswell for victory.

Harris was a Modified Fords giantkiller

Harris was a Modified Fords giantkiller

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Birley sat out the opener to deal with the Tremendous Saloon races. He gained the primary, however was denied a brace by a free wheelnut. Nick Sutton’s final-lap exhaust failure on his Mitsubishi Lancer E10 subsequently gifted Gavin Dunn’s BMW E36 victory.

Blair McConachie finally eked out a tiny margin over the remainder of the six-car pack squabbling for the lead of the Caterham 270R opener. Stephen Lyall and Harry Eyre adopted him residence, and joined him in dispute of Sunday honours. Lyall and McConachie had each been rounded by Eyre at Brundle on the ultimate lap when contact between them at Nelson spun the Scot, who slipped to fifth as Eyre gained from Lyall.

Lewis Thompson’s run of eight successive 310R victories was ended by a Pete Walters double. Thompson, ducking out of Walters’s slipstream as they approached the chequered flag, was denied by simply 0.016s within the first. Roles reversed in race two, the place Walters drafted previous to win by 0.057s.

On his first Snetterton 300 outing, Ray Harris took a pair of Intermarque Silhouette wins. First-time polesitter Daniel Smith’s problem was blunted by an oil leak, as he dropped to 3rd behind Malcolm Blackman, after which gearbox woes. His brother Lewis led the second race, till fuel-flow issues thwarted him late on.

Cooke defeated fellow Mk3 racer Traynor to land MR2 crown

Cooke defeated fellow Mk3 racer Traynor to land MR2 crown

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Oulton Park 750MC: Change to Mk3 is a profitable recipe for Cooke

Aaron Cooke prevailed after one other shut battle with Shaun Traynor at Oulton Park to seal the Toyota MR2 Championship for a second successive 12 months, and have become the primary driver to win the crown in Mk3 Roadster equipment.

4-time champion Traynor held off his chief rival throughout the early phases of race one till a greater exit from Cascades enabled Cooke to lastly get by at Island Bend and rating his eighth win of the season by two seconds, whereas Class B champion Cam Walton took third. “The Mk3 is superior to drive,” stated Cooke, after clinching the title with a race to spare. “We obtained to grips with it fairly fast and we obtained stronger because the 12 months went on. Me and Shaun had some good races.”

Cooke sat out the second race, permitting Traynor to guide initially from Paul {Cook} in gentle rain. However Traynor’s victory probabilities appeared over after an off at Cascades, which dropped him out of the highest 10. “Once I first went off, I assumed I would lose a couple of locations,” stated Traynor. “However I couldn’t get the ability again down on the grass and I counted about 14 [cars] come previous.”

Whereas {Cook} and Walton squabbled on the entrance, Traynor made a storming restoration to catch the lead pair by the beginning of the ultimate tour. After passing Walton for second at Hislops, Traynor dived inside {Cook} on the final nook to grab a dramatic victory.

Daniel Arms took his fourth Method Vee win of the season in his Mk2 AHS Dominator, but it surely wasn’t sufficient to stop James Harridge from securing his second title in a row. Craig Pollard certified on pole and led away initially in his GAC machine, however dropped to fourth earlier than the opening lap was full and misplaced an extra place with a mistake at Hislops on the following tour. Arms dominated the rest of the encounter to win by over 11 seconds from Harridge, however known as the consequence “bitter-sweet” after ending runner-up within the championship for a fourth straight 12 months. Two pink flags and fading gentle prevented the second race from being accomplished.

Seven years of work went into Evans's winning Giulietta

Seven years of labor went into Evans’s profitable Giulietta

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Scott Austin handed Thomas Hill after a security automobile interval to take his first Alfa Romeo Championship victory of the season on the wheel of his 155 mannequin. Austin led for 2 thirds of race two earlier than a sluggish exit from Knickerbrook allowed Hill to energy his well beyond. However, in slippery situations, Roger Evans produced a scintillating drive from twelfth on the grid to catch and move the pair within the closing phases, taking the primary win for his placing Alfa Giulietta, a automobile he has labored on for over seven years.

Wealthy Miles led from Michael Roots within the opening Sports activities 1000 race, whereas a foul begin from pole left just lately topped champion Ryan Yarrow in third. However the race took a dramatic flip when Miles, Yarrow and Victor Neumann spun on oil deposited by Phil Hutchins’s automobile at Druids. Roots (Mittell MC-53) emerged from the chaos to take his fourth win of the 12 months, whereas Yarrow recovered to complete second after a battle with Miles, who spun once more at Knickerbrook and misplaced out for third to Daniel Larner by 0.1s.

Yarrow completed the season with one other victory in his Spire within the second encounter, which was halted with seven minutes remaining after Miles ran extensive and spun to a cease on the exit of Druids.

Stories by Stephen Lickorish, Marcus Simmons, Mark Paulson and Steve Whitfield. Pics by Jakob Ebrey Pictures, Richard Kinds and Steve Jones. Need extra experiences from the world of nationwide motorsport? Subscribe right now and by no means miss your weekly repair of motorsport with Autosport journal 

Champion Yarrow ended Sports 1000 season with a victory

Champion Yarrow ended Sports activities 1000 season with a victory

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