14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 17:25 - MINI Challenge: Chris Knox
made up for missing out on a likely victory in race two by
enhancing his championship hopes with a win in the final race of
The reverse grid race provided bucket loads of entertainment,
which began with five cars making off track excursions on the
opening lap bringing out the safety car. Championship leader Lee
Allen was one of the cars involved, as he spun at the Old Hairpin
and was unable to rejoin the race.
At the restart, Chris Knox moved up to second passing Andrew
Bailey at Redgate before taking the lead on the same lap, by
overtaking Sam Osborne on the entry to the Craner Curves. Luke
Caudle, winner from the previous MINI Challenge race, of the day
climbed up to third with a moved past Bailey.
However at the front, Knox redeemed himself for losing the
victory in the earlier race, as he came home ahead of Osborne to
take the win. With Allen suffering a retirement, the points should
lift Knox back into the championship race along with Caudle.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 17:00 - GT Cup Championship: GT Cup
Championship newcomer Derek Johnston came through to win a drama
filled second race of the MSVR Donington Weekend.
The Morgan of Tom Andrew powered into the lead at the
start closely followed by championship leader Andy Ruhan, Keith
Webster, Derek Johnston and Mitch Millett. Unfortunately the field
were unable to make it through Redgate unscathed, as title
contender David Tomlin endured a trip into the gravel
Johnston soon moved up to third with a move on Millett but
Andrew continued to lead until lap five when his Morgan slowed.
Andrew initially dropped to third handing the lead to championship
leader Andy Ruhan with Jihnston in second.
Danny Winstanley briefly held third before he was forced
into the pits and subsequent retirement. Clark and Gibson in thei
BMW inherited third spot while race one winning Porsche of Nick and
Henry Whale was 10th.
Ruhan seemed odds on to take the victory until he made an
unchracteristic error. The Irishman missed his breaking point at
the chicane and ran wide giving Johnston the lead. Johnston held
the the advantage for the final two minutes to win from Ruhan and
Clark/Gibson. Group 2 was won by Clark/Gibson with Group 3 honours
claimed by Barclay Dougall.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 16:15 - Lotus Cup UK: The Lotus 211
of Simon Deacon emerged the winner of the Lotus Cup UK race after a
stunning battle for the lead with Steve Williams.
Deacon, who started from fourth on the grid made little impact
in a first stint, which saw polesitter Rob Fenn in the Motorsport
Elise canter into the lead. Steve Williams followed the Go Green
Motorsport car in second.
Fenn extended his lead until he eventually pitted with 20
minutes of the race remaining handing the lead to Deacon. Williams
jumped the Fenn car after the pit stop shake up and with David Fenn
at the wheel, he was unable to maintain the pace of his son in the
first stint. He slotted into fourth spot.
After two safety car periods, the race burst into life with 10
minutes remaining, as an epic battle between leader Deacon and
Williams developed. Williams caught the lead car and the pair
completed several laps side-by-side before Williams took the lead.
However, Deacon regrouped and with minutes of the race to go, he
dived down the inside at Redgate to take the lead. The Snetterton
race winner held off the advances of Williams to record a deserved
win. The Motorsport Elise of Rob and David Fenn claimed the final
step on the rostrum.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 15:10 - Radical UK Cup: Manhal Allos
produced an impressive drive to secure victory in the second and
final Radical UK Cup race of the MSVR Donington Weekend.
Allos was rarely troubled in the 45 minute race around the fast
and flowing Donington Park as he recorded a convincing win. The
Londoner in the Masters category made a solid start from fourth on
the grid and capitalised on a safety car period, which saw the
majority of the field pit on the same lap.
A clean stop from Allos gave him the lead which he held right
until the chequered flag to secure victory in the final UK Cup race
of the weekend. Race one winners Terrence Woodward and Ross Kaiser
finished 19 seconds down the road in seocnd with Phil Abbott and
Roger Green, who started from pole in race one, in third.
In the championship race, leaders Mark Smithson and Stuart
Moseley enhanced their hopes by crossing the finish line in sixth,
picking up vital points. Title rivals David Thorburn and Rob
Wheldon fialed to complete the race.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 14:25 - Club MSV Team Trophy: The
BMW of Alistair Stenhouse and Stephen Darbey won the latest round
of the Club MSV Team Trophy.
The Stenhouse/Darbey car leapt off the line at the start from
row two to move into the lead on the opening lap. They were
followed by Porsche 993 of Major James Cameron and George Wright
with pole man Matt Walton in third.
In the motorsport media battle between Autosport and Motorsport
News, Ben Anderson progressed up the field from the back of the
grid to 10th, before making their mandatory pit stop. The Team
Motorsport News car of reporter Rob Ladbrook and Club MSV's Nick
Rice climbed up to 18th place, with Rice at the wheel. But
Anderson's hopes of a unique victory were dashed when he was forced
to retire his Ginetta with mechanical problems.
After the pit-stop shake up, Class A team of Stenhouse and
Darbey emerged the leaders and they went on to complete a
comfortable victory. Wright and Cameron's Class B Porsche came home
in second with David Thomas' Renault Clio in third. The Motorsport
News Proton of Ladbrook and Rice finished 18th overall and third in
Class D. Class C honours were claimed by the Ford Fiesta of
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 12:35 - MINI Challenge: Luke Caudle
claimed his second MINI Challenge win of the MSVR Donington Weekend
after a dramatic final lap overtake on Chris Knox.
Chris Knox stormed into the lead from the start edging out Luke
Caudle into Redgate corner for the first time. The Scotsman, who
won all three races in desperately wet conditions at Brands Hatch
earlier this season, began to establish a healthy lead, while
championship leader Lee Allen slipped into third spot by overtaking
The lead pair continued to move away from the field with Knox
maintaining his lead and Sam Osborne was pushing Allen hard in
fourth position. Fellow championship rival Jason Richardson was
less fortunate as he retired from the race on lap 11.
But the crucial moment of the race occurred on the final lap
with Knox within touching distance of victory. The leader ran wide
with a couple of corners remaining gifting Caudle the victory. Knox
recovered to finish in second with Allen in third. Ant
Whorton-Eales took the win in the Club Class.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 12:15 - Radical UK Cup: A slick
pit-stop from Terrence Woodward and Ross Kaiser helped them to
victory in the first of two Radical UK Cup races at the MSVR
The first half of the race was dominated by Phil Abbott and
Roger Green and they built a comfortable lead heding into the pit
stop window. Woodward/Kaiser held second spot and they were closely
followed by Roger Bromiley and Shaun Balfe.
However, during the pit-stops Abbott and Green lost the lead and
Woodward and Kaiser were the grateful recipients following their
slick stop. The pair remained untroubled for the rest of the race
cantering to the finsh with a 16 second lead from Bromiley and
Balfe. Early leaders Abbott and Green came home in third, but
championship leader Mark Smithson and Stuart Moseley could only
cross the finish line in fifth. Title rivals David Thorburn and Rob
Wheldon finished in ninth.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:00 - GT Cup Championship: Nick
Whale emerged the winner of a dramatic first GT Cup Championship
race of the weekend at Donington Park.
The race exploded into life at the start as contact between Gary
Eastwood's Ferrari 430 and Jordan Witt sent the pole man's Chevron
into the gravel trap at Redgate. The 29 car field managed to avoid
the incident and streamed through, with the Morgan of Tom Andrew
taking over second spot followed by Nick Whale's Porsche in
The lead group of seven cars remained close througout the
opening laps and Andrew piled the pressure on Eastwood hoping for
ha mistake to allow the Morgan into the lead. However, Andrew's run
at the front was short-lived as fuel pressure problems saw him drop
to fifth, allowing Whale into second, Keith Webster into third and
the Chevrolet Corvette of Mitch Millett into fourth.
Championship leader Andy Ruhan and title contender David Tomlin
found themselves involved in a battle for sixth place, which was
held by GT Cup Championship newcomer Derek Johnston, in his Ferrari
430. By lap nine Millett managed to find a way through to third
with an impressive move on Webster, while Whale closed the gap to
the leader Eastwood to just seven tenths of a second.
The race took a decisive twist on lap 13 when leader Eastwood
was shown the black flag and was subsequently disqualified from the
race, for his part in the first lap incident with Jordan Witt.
Whale inherited the lead and he managed to maintain a healthy
margin to take the chequered flag. Webster came home in second
ahead of Johnston in third, after Millett spun out of the final
podium position. Championship rivals David Tomlin and Andy Ruhan
finsihed fourth and fifth respectively. Group Two honours were
claimed by Andrew, who finished sixth and Adam Hayes won Group
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:30 - Lotus Cup UK: The Motorsport
Elise of David and Rob Fenn edged out Steve Williams to claim pole
position for this afternoon's Lotus Cup UK race.
Despite a trip into the gravel trap, the Fenn's recovered to set
a time just 0.069 seconds quicker than the 211 of Williams. Just
half a second separated the top four on the grid with Campbell
Cassidy third and Simon Deacon fourth.
14/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:20 - Club MSV Team Trophy: The
Renault Clio of Matt Walton snatched pole position by 0.181 seconds
from the Porsche 993 of George Wright and Major James Cameron.
The Honda Integra of Steve Smee and Martin Scholfield was third
fastest ahead of the Class A BMW of Alistair Stenhouse and Stephen
Darbey. Motorsport News journalist Rob Ladbrook, sharing with Club
MSV's Nick Rice, was 24th.
14/08/2011 - MSVR championships and series'
head to the fast and flowing Donington Park this weekend 13/14
August for a meeting of thrilling on track action. The battle for
the title in the GT Cup Championship, MINI Challenge and Radical UK
Cup will headline the event with all three championships delicately
poised going into the final quarter of the season.
Joining the GT
Cup Championship, MINI Challenge and Radical UK
Cup in a superb line up of racing at the
Leicestershire circuit is the MSVR run, Lotus Cup UK, Lotus on Track Elise
Clubman's Cup, Club
MSV Trackday Trophy and Club MSV Team Trophy.
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