Former BTCC champion who has been away from Touring Cars for 3 years, certainly made it known he’s back. Snatching the lead in race 3 straight off the line from Tom Onslow-Cole driving the Passat, Turkington in the Ebay and Sun sponsored BMW125i stormed off into the distance and stayed there. Turkington said ‘its great to get a win so early in the season’ Personally, I think we will be seeing more of him on the podium.
Rob Austin of Wix Racing had another ‘eventful’ weekend. Both Audis managed the first race with Rob coming in 14th and Team mate Will Bratt struggling to manage a 25th. The second race saw Rob’s Audi with a blown engine and Will finishing the race very spectacularly on 3 wheels, crossing the line with the offending missing wheel bouncing down the track behind him. I don’t know if there are any rules saying your car must have all 4 wheels fitted on the car when you cross the finish line but he is listed as coming in 19th so I guess not!
It appears that the locking pin that holds the wheels in place had snapped, I think this happened further round the track near the old hair pin, as I saw him snaking around all over the track there, Will still managed to get the car back and across the line for the finish. For race 3 the team borrowed the rear wheel of Robs car and fitted it to Wills getting at least one of the Audis back out on the track, the blown engine of Robs meant he had to sit the last race out.
Will drove a hard race and at times there appeared to be BWM’s almost swarming all over the Audi, with Will fighting them off, Rob Collard managed to get past but Will kept the BMW of Nick Foster behind him and managed 14th place.
Again for HARD racing there didn’t appear to be any sign of Howard Fuller in the second VW Passat CC, leaving Tom Onslow-Cole to battle it out alone. Tom did manage to finish all 3 races, and after a reverse pole position being snatched away from him before the first corner, he managed to finish a pretty respectable 6th in race 3, perhaps we will see the Passats’ getting a Podium finish soon.
Not to be left out young guns Toyota driver Adam Morgan and Plato’s team mate Sam Tordoff are making their mark, taking 5 & 6th respectively in races 1 & 2 and Race 3 saw Sam coming 4th and Adam 5th.
Donington saw James Kaye taking the AMD Golf to another outstanding win in the S2000 class for the Jack Sears Trophy in the first race. Kaye had been setting blistering times in free practice and qualifying, and in fact he was the only driver in the Jack Sears trophy to post a time below 1m 12s all weekend.
However although taking victory in the first race, Kaye had started to struggle to maintain the dominance that he had been showing earlier, finishing less than 1s ahead of Liam Griffin with Joe Girling coming in 3rd in the Chevrolet Cruze after being plagued by mechanical issues at Brands Hatch.
A start line collision with David Nye took both cars into the pit wall and both drivers out of race 2. Where race 1 was clean and pretty incident free, race two was very different. No sooner had the safety car gone in and Team BMR Restart’s Warren Scott put his Seat Leon into the Tyre barrier at Old Hairpin, this was followed fairly soon by Joe Girling and Liam Griffin having to retire with mechanical faults.
Race 3 saw the AMD Golf make it back to the start line being less damaged than initially thought, sadly for the Essex based team electrical problems saw Kaye having to retire from the race despite once again putting in a fastest lap of all the S2000 cars. Kaye seems to have the measure of the AMD Golf and if they sort out these little problems I can see the Jack Sears trophy going to Essex end of the season.