Donington Park provided a fitting backdrop for an unmissable feast of entertainment on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship support bill this past weekend (August 26/27) as four championships wrote the latest chapter in their respective season-long stories.
With the business end of the 2023 campaign rapidly drawing into sight, the legendary Grand Prix layout of the Leicestershire venue was the battleground for a pulsating two days of wheel-to-wheel action, all in front of a bumper trackside crowd.
Louis Sharp and Will Macintyre will head into the final round of the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA separated by just a single point following an action-packed penultimate meeting of the season.
On what proved to be a pivotal weekend for the single-seater series, Rodin Carlin’s Sharp kicked off proceedings with a commanding victory in the opening encounter before Dion Gowda triumphed in the the re-run Snetterton race from earlier in the year.
Deagen Fairclough underlined his credentials as being somewhat of a wet-weather specialist as he charged to victory in the reverse grid bout before Gabriel Still concluded a busy outing for the series by claiming his first-ever win of the campaign.
Sharp and Macintyre will now head into the season finale – which takes place at Brands Hatch GP in early October – split by a single point and with it all to play for in the battle to be crowned the series’ next champion.
The Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE Trophy saw further twists and turns play out as Tom Ovenden maintained his advantage at the summit of the standings by charging onto the top step of the podium.
The tin top series was packed with frenetic door-to-door action as expected, with Alex Solley kicking things off with a superb win in race one before Nathan Edwards then claimed an emotional maiden victory in race two.
Ovenden – who had been in the mix from the get-go – started on the front row of the reverse grid contest and wasted no time in powering into a lead that he would ultimately hold until the red flag came out late on.
Adam Smalley edged closer to clinching the coveted Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain as he chalked up his third victory of the season in supreme style.
The Duckhams Yuasa Racing with Team Parker driver – who is also the Porsche GB Junior driver – could do nothing to stop James Kellett from triumphing in the opening bout but was wheel-perfect in race two as he led home Will Martin and Kellett.
Concluding the action under the flightpath of East Midlands airport was a trio of races from the Porsche Sprint Challenge Great Britain, which made a triumphant return to the support bill after missing Knockhill.
Century Motorsport’s Will Jenkins clinched pole position in a dry-to-wet qualifying and he made no mistake converting it into victory as he held off a charging Joe Warhurst in the weekend’s opening encounter.
Marc Warren then strengthened his position at the summit of the Amateur Category as he claimed an impressive pair of outright victories in his Raceway Motorsport machine.
To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Donington Park, CLICK HERE.
The Home of British Motor Racing, Silverstone, provides the penultimate stop on the calendar for the TOCA package on September 23/24, with the Avon Tyres Caterham Seven UK Championship poised to join the fray for a one-off appearance.