Around the British Championships: 28 – 29 May
The final weekend of May saw a wide mixture of British Championships continue their season up and down the UK, from rallying and circuit racing to the speed of drag racing and hillclimb.
The Jim Clark Rally played host to the British Rally Championship, Scottish Rally Championship and Asphalt Rally Championship. Circuit racing was fast and furious at Thruxton with British Touring Cars and at Donington Park with the British GT.
Meanwhile, Gurston Down played host to the British Hillclimb Championship and exhilaration was felt in abundance from the powerful dragsters at Santa Pod during the FIA Main Event and round two of the British Drag Racing Championship.
British Rally Championship – Jim Clark Rally
Keith Cronin and Mickie Galvin celebrated their win on the Scottish Borders for the second round of the British Rally Championship at the Jim Clark Rally.
The pair’s Pirelli shod VW Polo GTi R5 finished 36.2 seconds ahead of rivals James Williams and Dai Roberts in their Hyundai i20 R5 – taking Cronin and Galvin to the lead of the championship standings.
After a strong start to the season, Osian Pryce and Noel O’Sullivan’s lead in the championship has ended for now, after they were disqualified on the Saturday for failing to stop when their Polo sustained a puncture. Prior to the Jim Clark Rally, the pair led the championship. The last stage of the weekend was cancelled because of a stopped car located on the course.
The Scottish Rally Championship and Asphalt Rally Championship joined the BRC this weekend at the Scottish Borders.
The next round of the British Rally Championship will be the Nicky Grist rally held on the 9 – 10 July.
British Drag Racing Championship – Santa Pod
Santa Pod’s Main Event was filled with European records being broken. Top Fuel and Pro-Mod dragsters were among those to break records at Santa Pod during the latest round of the British Drag Racing Championship.
Top Fuel Dragster, Ida Zetterstrom made history by completing the first 3.7 second run, hitting an absolute speed of 301.92mph in an official time of 3.782s. Pro Mod Dragster Jan Ericsson also broke European records for the quickest Pro Mod run in Europe with a quarter mile run in 5.724 seconds at 250mph. The weekend was packed with plenty of adrenaline filled drag racing not just cars, but also bikes with Hans-Henrik Thomsen having the fastest and quickest electric vehicle on the planet running a ¼ mile in 6.619 seconds at 206.24mph.
The next round of the British Drag Racing Championship will be held at Santa Pod on the 2nd and 3rd June.
British Touring Car Championship – Thruxton
For the second meeting in succession, BTC Racing’s Josh Cook claimed a brace of victories to propel himself to the top of the British Touring Car Championship standings at Thruxton.
Cook was bested at the start of races one and two by a fast-starting Jake Hill, but on both occasions successfully mounted a fightback, with two superb passes at the first chicane and around the outside at the Club chicane, returning him to the race lead. Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan, who earlier in the day celebrated a landmark 300th start in the UK’s premier tin-top series, marked the occasion with a popular victory over fellow BMW racer Colin Turkington in the final contest.
A podium hat-trick for reigning champion Ash Sutton quietly moved him into second spot in the standings behind Cook, 23 points the gap heading to Oulton Park on 11-12 June.
Check out all the latest news from the BTCC at https://www.btcc.net/.
ROKiT F4 British Championship – Thruxton
Hitech GP’s Alex Dunne cemented his status atop the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA’s standings with a brace of his own around the high-speed Hampshire venue, his advantage now 39 points over Ugo Ugochukwu heading to Oulton Park.
It would be Carlin racer Ugochukwu that made the best start in the opening race, and he briefly led until a mistake at Seagrave allowed second-placed Dunne back through. Ugochukwu again made the better getaway in the final race, and the two made light contact as Dunne cut back to defend the inside line on the run to Allard, but both continued unscathed.
The Irishman’s double triumph book-ended a maiden win for Phinsys by Argenti’s Aiden Neate, the Brit capitalising on a sideways moment at Club chicane for team-mate Daniel Guinchard to take the honours by 0.2 seconds. Pole-sitter and erstwhile race leader Noah Lisle (JHR) was third.
Read a full breakdown from the weekend here – https://www.fiaformula4.com/.
British GT Championship – Donington Park
Enduro Motorsport and Academy Motorsport both made it back-to-back wins at Donington Park, albeit a little over seven months apart, after Morgan Tillbrook and Marcus Clutton, and Matt Cowley and Marco Signoretti claimed GT3 and GT4 victories in Round 4 of the British GT Championship.
The #77 McLaren breezed to overall victory by one minute after starting from pole but undoubtedly benefitted from fortuitous Safety Car timing that prevented 2 Seas Motorsport’s James Cottingham and Lewis Williamson from capitalising on their early lead. The Mercedes-AMG fought back to finish second ahead of RAM Racing’s Callum Macleod and Ian Loggie who extended his drivers’ championship advantage to 15.5 points.
Further back, Jack Brown and Will Burns scored theirs and Century’s best result of the season by finishing 18 seconds behind Academy’s Mustang, while Tom Edgar and Jordan Collard overcame a drive-through penalty to complete the GT4 podium in Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Supra.
Redline Racing’s Alex Malykhin and James Dorlin scored their second GT3 Silver-Am class win in as many races, and Matt Topham and Darren Turner took the GT4 Pro-Am spoils for Newbridge Motorsport.
British GT website – https://www.britishgt.com/.
British Hillclimb Championship – Gurston Down
At the British Hillclimb Championship at Gurston Down, Alex Summers broke the course record in his DJ Firestorm, setting a time of 25.05. He and Wallace Menzies are fighting it out at the top of the championship!
Across the classes, Alex Coles made an impact in Formula Ford, taking his first class victory. More HERE.
What’s happening next weekend?
Next weekend marks the Platinum Jubilee and with it comes a plentiful motorsport weekend with the next round of the British Rallycross Championship taking place at Mondello Park.
The legendary Shelsley Walsh hillclimb marks the next stop for the British Hillclimb Championship.
The next round of the British Sprint Championship will be held at Pembrey and there’s more rallying to come with the Tyrone Stages of the Northern Ireland Rally Championship and lastly, round four of the British Autotest Championship.