Donington Park welcomed the British Automobile Racing Club this past weekend (2/3 September) for a bumper two days of all-out action as several championships reached a pivotal point in the 2017 season.
Topping the billing was Britcar’s ever-growing Dunlop Endurance Championship. Now in its second season under the stewardship of Claire Hedley, the category has grown in stature with big grids and eye-catching machinery competing.
Manuel Cintrano and Javier Morcillo were perfection personified at the Leicestershire venue as they claimed victory in both the 50-minute and longer two-hour races in their Mosler MT900.
In the Junior Saloon Car Championship, the title battle further intensified with two of the four contenders winning races. Series leader Will Dyrdal cemented his status as the man to beat with an assured performance in race one, taking victory by less than half a second over rival Ethan Hammerton.
Sam Kirkpatrick meanwhile elevated himself firmly into the mix with victory in the second encounter. Gordon Mutch, who had entered the weekend third, endured a mixed event with a best finish of fifth leaving him with work to do at the season finale.
The Carbon 8 Hyundai Coupe Cup provided its usual mix of wheel-to-wheel, high-speed thrills under the flightpath of East Midlands airport. Boasting an impressive 22-car entry list, Steve Kite emerged victorious in both races with William Taylforth and Wayne Rockett filling the rostrum on both occasions.
Spoils were shared in the Kumho BMW Championship with four different winners coming from the four races staged. Class A honours went the way of Colin Wells and James Macintyre-Ure whilst Peter Miller and Christopher Cheverall emerged victorious in the amalgamated Class B, C and D races.
Competing away from their traditional venue of Brands Hatch, two championships from the BARC South East Centre were also in action.
Lewis Smith got the better of the experienced Malcolm Blackman in both Scrapco / Avon Tyres Intermarque Championship races. Despite his dominance, Smith was only able to take ten points out of Blackman’s advantage at the summit of the championship standings.
Rounding out the winners from the weekend was Daniel Fisher, who clinched both wins in the Cannons Tin Tops Championship. At the wheel of his Honda Civic Type R, Fisher had to dig deep in both races to keep Rod Birley behind, preventing him from adding more silverware to his already impressive collection.
For the full classification of results from all championships, click here.