June 23rd at Silverstone saw DLR take to the podium once again.
Qualifying for Silverstone was much the same as Donnigton and Snetterton for Class C with the fiesta of Deadslow Motorsport taking pole position, though the same fate did not fall upon the Clio of DLR Motorsport though with a Class C position of 5th and an overall placement of 12th out of 39 cars.
Off the line at the start, the Class B Team Airsupply Porsche bogged down, scattering the field behind them. This gave GNB Racing the lead into Copse corner. Just behind the Renault Clio Cup of Apple Car Centre made a great start to draw alongside the Team Hearing Dogs MINI of Pete Jokinen, they stayed side by side until the Jokinen MINI ran wide on the exit of Maggotts corner. The DLR Motorsport Clio of Thomas Rogers made up position off the line with a good start, and was right amongst the pack by the first corner.
As the pit window neared the Deadslow Motorsport Fiesta had managed to close the gap on the Apple Car Centre Clio as they slowed in traffic, but was unable to pass the Honeybone Clio on the road before pitting – rejoining behind the Redseal Racing BMW of Chris Greenwood and Daniel Seal. The DLR Clio was now chasing down the Driven Motorsport Clio of Hughes but following an off and a bit of grass tracking around Brooklands could not find the pace to pass before the Driven Clio pitted, it was now a race to regain position before the DLR Clio was due to pit and Griffiths was to take the wheel.
The close racing would continue throughout the field following the pit stops. Gary Burstow, having led for the first half of the race would be looking to convert his pole position into the overall win however Team Air Supply were hoping to claw back some time and make a challenge for the lead, whilst also defending their position from Pete Jokinen in his BMW Cooper S. The pace of Bustow would however prove too much and the distance too great to close over the final laps; the GNB Racing BMW reaching the chequered flag some forty seconds ahead of the Team Airsupply Porsche securing the overall and Class B win with second going to the pairing of Hogg and Wright, themselves just keeping ahead of Jokinen in third.
Further down the field it was the Honda Civic of G&M Motorsport’s Sam Gay and Colin Tester that would claim the Class C win ahead of Kevin Stirling in second and the DLR Motorsport pairing of Tom Rogers and John Griffiths who took third place. The trio of cars carrying every scrap of speed they could in a final dash to the line!
DLR secured an 8th place finish overall and another 3rd in class podium finish for Class C, retaining their 2nd in the class championship standings. A massive thank you once again to our dedicated pit crew paring (Luke & Carl) for dealing with a weekend full of challenges. And well done to both drivers (Thomas and John) for maintain solid pace throughout the day to bring home the silverware!
* Although we recommend that you stick to the driving Thomas as your cooking skills are a bit to be desired . . . . . . . . *
Round 4 of the Championship will be held at Oulton Park on the 14th July. Everyone is welcome to come along and join the DLR team for what will be two races spread across the day.
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