Sherwood And Hallissey Ease To Double Donington Park Victory

by Vince Pettit

Justin Sherwood completed a perfect weekend as he took a second victory of the weekend in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge GB at Donington Park.

With the UK enjoying its hottest weekend of the year the racing was tough for the drivers but Sherwood battled from the start to forge a gap as a five car train fought over second place. Pete Smallwood set the early pace in the quest to hunt down Sherwood but Steve Liquorish moved in to second place at the Old Hairpin on the third lap.

James Birch was on a charge from the tail of the grid and eased passed Smallwood, as soon as he made the pass he set his sights on Liquorish. His charge would come to a brief halt as he pushed for scond place in to Redgate, Liquorish immediately fought back and retook the place as Birch ran wide out on to the grass at the Old Hairpin. Despite his best efforts Birch fought hard to make up the gap but would run out of laps to make a move.

“I did have to work for that,” said Liquorish after a fine performance. “It was a good battle with James and when he passed me I just tried to keep him under pressure.”

With the action for the final two podium places Sherwood brought home his Porsche to his third victory of the year but admitted that it almost didn’t go to plan. “It seemed a bit harder this time, I had a moment at the Old Hairpin, but I was able to pull away in the first couple of laps.”

Birch would leave Donington Park with a 22-point championship lead with only two more races to be run this year. ”I had the speed to take second,” said Birch. “I was just too eager to get away from Steven and pushed too hard” he admitted.

John Ferguson took fourth place after defending that advances of the recovering Blanckley, Smallwood would round out the top six positions.

Sherwood wasn’t the only double winner of the weekend as Tom Hallissey also took a second victory of the day in Class Two.


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