Will Burns takes the honours in Race 2 after King fails to make the start

by Denis Hardy

The Miller Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup has produced more drama at Donington Park as race 2 closed the day’s racing.

There was drama at the start of the race as Elite Motorsport’s Harry King overshot his grid spot after the formation lap, then had to be pushed off the grid by the marshals, his race over before it began, delaying the start which was already an hour late. Also missing from the grid was Team HARD’s, Am driver, Paul Taylor out with a driveshaft problem.

With King out, Reece Somerfield, was all alone on the front row as he made a clean getaway when the lights went out,  followed by AK Motorsport’s Carl Shield, who’s got the drop on Rob Boston Racing’s Will Burns following Somerfield into Redgate. 

Within 2 laps Shield found himself behind Burns, with Mike Epps and Tom Hibbert on his tail. Team HARD’s Epps made it passed Shield on lap 3 and then just a lap later Triple M Motorsport’s Hibbert went around the outside of Shield to take fourth place.  

Meanwhile, in the Am Class, Colin White, of CWS Motorsport, was having the drive of the day, starting from the very back of the grid, after failing to make it in race one, made up 9 places in the first three laps, to take tenth place. White then made another two places before the Safety car appeared when Shield found the gravel after contact with Fin Green.  Darren Lewis had by this point also made it up from the back of the grid, into tenth place

Nathan Heathcote, the Am Class championship leader, came from eleventh on the grid to sixth place before the safety car. On lap eleven Heathcote, spun off circuit before recovering to eleventh place. This handed the Am class lead to White. 

Burns and Epps eventually made it past race leader Somerfield, and stayed there finishing first and second, while Fin Green slipped by Tom Hibbert to take fourth, before finding the gravel at McCleans to end his race. 

Somerfield spun out after contact with Green, pushing him way down the field, but managing to get home in twelfth place, and sixth in class. Somerfields spin, handed fourth place to Supercup veteran White, and ultimately the Am Class victory, just ahead of Darron Lewis who also made his way up from the back of the grid to take fifth.

Further down the field, Century Motorsport’s Jack Oliphant, had a solid drive, coming home behind Lewis to take sixth overall, and the final Am class podium spot. RBR’s Dan Kirby came in next in seventh just in front of Pro Class newboy Carlito Miracco. The top ten was rounded out by James Kell and returnee Chris Ingram.

AK Motorsport Carl Garnett had been going well and was inside the top ten, but after Kell found his way by on lap 14, he lost four places on the next lap to see him come home in thirteenth place, ahead of Lucky Khera and last place man Peter Bassill.  Lee Frost entered the pits early on in the race and never returned to the track.

The final classification:

  2019 Miller Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup Classification - Round 5  
PositionNoDriver TeamClass
114Will BurnsRob Boston RacingPro
237Mike EppsTeam HARDPro
381Tom HibbertTriple M MotorsportPro
478Colin WhiteCWS MotorsportAm
511Darron LewisTeam HARDAm
668Jack OliphantCentury MotorsportAm
76Dan KirbyRob Boston RacingAm
876Carlito MiraccoPrivateerPro
933James KellRob Boston RacingAm
105Chris IngramHHC MotorsportAm
1150Nathan HeathcoteCentury MotorsportAm
1212Reece SomerfieldPrivateerPro
134Carl GarnettAK MotorsportAm
1424Lucky KheraDeclan Jones RacingAm
1558Peter BassillCentury MotorsportAm
DNF44Fin GreenTotal Control RacingPro
DNF99Carl Shield AK MotorsportPro
DNF98Lee FrostDeclan Jones RacingAm
DNF19Harry KingElite MotorsportPro
DNF15Paul TaylorTeam HARDAm

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