MSVR's Donington Decider Saturday as it happened
Seldon takes Racing Saloons win to end day one
6/10/12 - Peter Seldon converted pole into victory in the first Project 8 Saloons race but it was a far from straightforward race as he lost the lead twice, with a brief stoppage to also affect his focus.
Karl Catliff took the lead of the race on the opening lap, but the safety car was scrambled by the time they'd returned to the pit straight, to recover a car from the Old Hairpin. After a brief stoppage to allow the drivers time to complete the race, an eight minute restart worked initially in Roger Kneebone's favour, as Peter Seldon got his revent on Catliff.
Seldon then took the lead as the race became a fight between the top four BMWs, with John Willcocks threatening for the podium. Stephen Primett tried to spoil the party with his Escort as Willcocks took second place. Catliff was the main loser, ending up in fifth place.
Project 8 Racing Saloons race one top six
1. Peter Seldon
2. John Willcocks
3. Roger Kneebone
4. Stephen Primett
5. Karl Catliff
6. Don Hughes
Radical European Masters SR3
6/10/12 - Andy Cummings and Bradley Ellis took the first SR3 race in the Radical European Masters, with a strong performance from both drivers, although the latter had to reclaim the lead late on.
A spin at Redgate for James Abbott at the start put paid to Gary Kane's race. Meanwhile the Andy Cummings held the lead from Konstantins Calko but the pair were separated by tenths.
Atoning for his earlier error, Abbott charged back into contention, with some very daring moves to challenge for the final podium position by the time the pitstop had window opened.
Once the stops had taken place, Calko grabbed the lead but again it was very close and Bradley Ellis, having taken over from Cummings, took the place back with a quarter of the race to go and pulled out a useful gap to the flag. An entertaining battle for the final podium place saw Colin Noble prevail over James Abbott's team mate Bradley Smith and Autosport journalist Ben Anderson, sharing with Phil Abbott. Anderson also lost out to David Thorburn and Rob Wheldon at the end of the race.
Radical European Masters race one top six
1. Andy Cummings/Bradley Ellis
2. Konstantins Calko
3. Colin Noble
4. James Abbott/Bradley Smith
5. David Thorburn/Rob Wheldon
6. Phil Abbott/Ben Anderson
Allen takes MINI Challenge honours in race one
6/10/12 - Lee Allen took a tense MINI Challenge victory, chased all the way by Lee Pattison, whilst Max Leaver took the Club class honours with a last-gasp move that involved the top three championship contenders.
Allen made a good start to lead into Redgate but behind him the pack were jostling for position, led by poleman Pattison. Arthur Forster kept Pattison occupied for a lap, before he regrouped and started to threaten the leader.
Chris Smith, Jason Richardson, Chris Smiley and Stuart Lines provided an entertaining tussle for fourth place, whilst in the Club class, Jono Brown held the advantage over Henry Gilbert but the pair were being challenged by Max Leaver. As Leaver challenged for the class lead on the final lap, they were lapped by Allen at Redgate, who was fortunate not to be taken out by the trio. Even more dramatically, Leaver took the Club class win, adding to Allen's joy.
MINI Challenge race one top six
1. Lee Allen
2. Lee Pattison
3. Arthur Forster
4. Chris Smith
5. Chris Smiley
6. Jason Richardson
Chapman holds on for Radical European Masters SR8 honours
6/10/12 - Zac Chapman has taken the win in the first Radical European Masters race of the weekend, for the powerful SR8 cars. He was chased to the line by Manhal Allos after early leaders Christian Kronegard and Victor Correa were forced to retire their shared car.
Kronegard lead the race from the start, despite a challenge from Woodward at the first corner. The latter spun on the second lap, which led to an early safety car period.
Tony Wells then took over in second place but ended up in the gravel at Coppice, leaving Allos and Chapman as the main challengers as the pit window opened. However there was high drama as Correa took over Kronegard's car, only for it to fail with 15 minutes of the race remaining.
This left Chapman leading Allos and Bamford, with just four seconds covering the podium positions. As the race headed towards its conclusion, the battle distilled into one between the top two
Radical European Masters SR8 race one top six
1. Zac Chapman
2. Manhal Allos
3. Peter Bamford
4. Mike Cantillon
5. Chris Hyman/Alex Mortimer
6. Richard Sykes/Charlie Kemp
Witt's Chevron wins GT Cup race one as championship honours are even
6/10/12 - Jordan Witt took the lead into Redgate, with Derek Johnston assuming second place. A move on lap two saw him take the lead but only briefly and he settled down behind the Chevron as the race progressed.
Witt then pulled away to a lead of more than ten seconds, with the second-placed Ferrari maintaining a much smaller gap over Lee Mowle in third.
Meanwhile Chris Bentley completed lap one second from last and quickly lost touch with the class leader. He spent the rest of the race staring at the rear bumper of David Barker's Ginetta G50 but a carefully planned move in the dying moments gave him the all-important second in class to match Johnston.
GT Cup race one top six
1. Jordan Witt
2. Derek Johnston
3. Lee Mowle
4. Kevin Riley
5. Peter Seldon
6. Don Grice
Bentley beats Elise Trophy dominator Boston in straight fight
6/10/12 - Andrew Bentley has taken his second win of the day in the Elise Trophy, after beating series form man Rob Boston in a straight fight. A superb start was the foundation of Bentley's race, as he took the lead from the reversed top-ten start by the time the field entered the Craner Curves for the first time.
Front-row starter Jose Palazon did a fine job of bunching the field, giving Boston a chance to make up for his poor start but after he took second place, Bentley was eight seconds ahead and the gap barely changed throughout the race.
Andy Dolan initially took third place after a thrilling three-way tussle with Palazon and Ken Savage, which led to the latter spinning, but problems late on left John LaMaster to take the final podium position. Clive Willis took a fine fourth place in his first season of racing.
Elise Trophy race two top six
1. Andrew Bentley
2. Rob Boston
3. John LaMaster
4. Clive Willis
5. Mike Vase
6. Neil Stothert
Seldon dominates Project 8 Racing Saloons qualifying
6/10/12 - Peter Seldon dominated the Project 8 Racing Saloons qualifying session, leading a charge from the German BMW marque.
Seldon's BMW M3 was proving to be in an unassailable position at the head of the field for some time and as the session wore on, Karl Catliff's similar car was also performing well. Mike Dugdale was another contender for the M3-dominated Class A in third place, with John Willcock's older Class C car in fourth.
Highest non-BMW was Stephen Primett's Ford Escort in fifth place, with an Escort, Capri and Peugeot also in the fight against the German saloons.
Project 8 Racing Saloons qualifying
1. Peter Seldon
2. Karl Cattliff
3. Mike Dugdale
4. John Willcocks
5. Stephen Primett
6. Roger Kneebone
Cummings and Ellis do the qualifying double in SR3
6/10/12 - The Cummings/Ellis pairing took a pole position double in Radical European Masters SR3 qualifying, heading Thorburn and Wheldon in the second qualifying session.
The Thorburn/Wheldon pairing were narrowly leading session one leaders Cummings and Ellis halfway through second qualifying. The positions remained static for much of the final moments until Ellis took provisional pole position with three minutes remaining.
Just seventh hundredths covered the top two but a faster effort from the leaders increased the gap by a further tenth, with Lyons and Dunn taking third place.
Radical European Masters SR3 qualifying two
Cummings and Ellis on pole in SR3 qualifying one
6/10/12 - The Cummings/Ellis squad took pole position in the
first Radical European Masters SR3 qualifying session, with an
initial battle for positions settling during the later
Thorburn/Wheldon were initially quickest, with Colin Noble taking over at the top. Lyons/Dunn were next to head the times, before Noble snatched it back.
Konstantins Calko stormed around the circuit to take provisional pole by a second at the halfway stage, but this was immediately beaten by Cummings/Ellis, Abbott/Smith and Kane/Ashton. The top two remained static for the rest of the session, however Lyons/Dunn took third place in the later moments.
Radical European Masters SR3 qualifying one
Wells and Littlejohn dominate SR8 qualifying two
6/10/12 - Wells and Littlejohn claimed fastest time in the second Radical European Masters SR8 qualifying session, however this time pole position was not in doubt.
The Wells/Littlejohn crew was topping the order, with a comfortable gap over the rest for much of the session. So much so that the main attention was on second place, with Woodward/Kaiser holding on to the place in the dying moments, with a time two tenths slower than the pacesetter.
Hyman and Mortimer took third place, over half a second adrift, with qualifying one pacesetter Kronegard/Correa back in fourth this time.
Radical European Masters SR8 qualifying two
Kronegard holds on to top Radical SR8 qualifying one
6/10/12 - Christian Kronegard took fastest time in a frantic first Radical European Masters SR8 qualifying session. An incredibly close battle filled all of the 15 minutes with intense action.
Manhal Allos set the early pace in the first SR8 qualifying session for the Radical European Masters but with just 15 minutes in which to post a time, the action was frantic, with Woodward/Kaiser and Wells/Littlejohn also topping the order.
Zac Chapman was next, and with just a tenth separating the top four, pole position was by no means settled. Wells/Littlejohn pulled a small gap over the rest but Kronegard overhauled them by little more than a tenth. With most of the drivers having given their best, the top of the order was settled.
Radical European Masters SR8 qualifying one
Drama for Boston as Bentley wins Elise Trophy race one
6/10/12 - Rob Boston won the drag race to Redgate in the Elise Trophy opening race and proceeded to pull away from Andrew Bentley by a few seconds, however with less than ten minutes gone he slowed dramatically on the run to the Melbourne hairpin and pitted into retirement.
Bentley went on to pull away from a storming Andy Dolan, who lept from 12th on the grid to take second place from Ken Savage. The pair remained in close company, with a fierce battle between Adam Knight, Martin Wills and Warren Scott providing much entertainment.
There was also an equally thrilling fight between Mike Vase, Jose Palazon and Dave Carr for eighth place behind Mark Yates. Boston will be hoping for better luck later on today in race two.
Elise Trophy race one top six
1. Andrew Bentley
2. Andy Dolan
3. Ken Savage
4. Adam Knight
5. Martin Wills
6. Warren Scott
All-Lee front row as Pattison heads Allen in MINI Challenge qualifying
6/10/12 Lee Pattison has taken pole position in the MINI Challenge, beating title contender Lee Allen by a quarter of a second, whilst in the Club class Henry Gilbert and Jono Brown claimed a 1-2.
Allen was immediately on the pace but Jason Richardson and Arthur Forster were making sure that the session would remain close, whilst Pattison placed himself at the top of the table halfway through the brief 15 minute qualifying encounter.
Meanwhile title rivals Henry Gilbert and Jono Brown were setting the Club class pace, giving Allen hope that they would take points off each other throughout the weekend. However Pattison and Chris Smith were ahead of him in the overall times but Allen's initial effort put him on the front row. With Pattison now in the garage, just seconds remained and as Allen crossed the line he could only settle for second on the grid.
1. Lee Pattison
2. Lee Allen
3. Chris Smith
4. Arthur Forster
5. Shaun King
6. Jason Richardson
Jordan Witt storms to GT Cup pole
6/10/12 - Jordan Witt's Chevron claimed pole position in the GT Cup, with a time just over a tenth quicker than Lee Mowle's Ginetta and championship leader Derek Johnston.
Johnston got straight down to business, setting the pace in his Ferrari 458 as he aimed to keep his championship challenge on track. Chief rival Chris Bentley meanwhile had yet to set a time, whilst Kevin Riley's Mosler and Jordan Witt's Chevron took turns in heading the field.
Johnston ensured that he would stay close to the ultimate pace, whilst Bentley was further back but crucially second in class. Johnston then responded with provisional pole position with four minutes of the session remaining, however he was then beaten by both Witt and Mowle and with Bentley three places behind his class leader, the title battle remains finely poised heading into race one later today.
GT Cup Qualifying
1. Jordan Witt
2. Lee Mowle
3. Derek Johnston
4. Kevin Riley
5. Peter/Matt Seldon
6. Colin Broster
Lyons and Dunn set Radical SR3 Practice pace
6/10/12 - Timothy Lyons and Anthony Dunn set the pace to head Radical SR3 Practice, being quickest at both the start and end of the session, however plenty of activity between meant their position was always in doubt.
Lyons and Dunn were the first crew to put a fast lap on the board, with Bradley Smith and James Abbott also getting up to speed early on. As the latter improved to overhaul their rival crew, Phil Abbott then topped the times by seven tenths of a second. Konstantins Calko then joined in to lap within half a second of the pacesetter, before first Lyons and Dunn hit back, then Phil Abbott widened the gap to the rest.
A brief period of relative calm was ended when Roger Bromiley and Miki Esposito claimed fastest lap by a third of a second with eight minutes of the half-hour session remaining. However both Andy Cummings/Bradley Ellis and Lyons/Dunn topped this with three minutes to go and the session ended with a frantic burst of activity. Cummings and Ellis were just over half a second ahead when the flag came out but a last gasp effort from Lyons and Dunn gave them quickest time by almost a second.
Radical European Masters SR3 Practice
Kronegard heads Radical SR8 Practice
6/10/12 - Christian Kronegard headed the practice session for Radical SR8s with a fastest lap over a second ahead of the rest.
The Woodward and Kaiser team headed the early running from the pairing of Hyman and Mortimer but only a quarter of a second separated the two crews at this stage. Kronegard then joined in the battle and with a lap nearly two seconds to the good, the others had just over half the session to respond. Woodward and Kaiser's first attempt clawed back several tenths, however the top times remained static, with the challengers returning to the pitlane.
Igor Urien took third place, losing out on second by little more than a tenth, with James Abbott and Shaun Balfe in fourth place.
Radical European Masters SR8 practice
Boston beats Bentley to Elise pole
6/10/12 - Rob Boston resumed his dominance of the Elise Trophy with pole position for today's opening race. However he once again faced a stiff challenge from Andrew Bentley, who is fast establishing himself as Boston's rival-in-chief.
The track started out damp as the Elises kicked off the weekend's action, however sunny conditions meant that the surface improved throughout the 20-minute qualifying session. Bentley set the initial pace with a couple of impressive laps that even Boston could not match, taking advantage of his track position at the head of the field.
However Boston fought back and set a time nearly two seconds quicker than his rival. Despite a late stop for adjustments, Bentley's final lap was an improvement but not by enough and Boston held onto pole by over half a second. Warren Scott was best of the rest, but over three seconds behind the leading pair, who look set to fight a thrilling battle later today.
Elise Trophy qualifying
1. Rob Boston
2. Andrew Bentley
3. Warren Scott
4. Mike Vase
5. Ken Savage
6. Martin Wills
6/10/12 - Several MSVR Championships will be decided at Donington Park this weekend (6/7 October) at the MSVR Donington Decider Weekend. Follow the action live here.
The ever popular MINI Challenge will close another spectacular season with three drivers set to do battle for the overall crown in four sprint races. Lee Allen, who has been a force to be reckoned with in the top JCW Class, will be aiming to reel in two Club Class drivers Henry Gilbert and Jono Brown at the top of the standings. With 80 points up for grabs for race victories, the title battle could feature as many twists and turns as the Craner Curves.
Derek Johnston and Chris Bentley will go head-to-head for the 2012 GT Cup Championship over three races this weekend. Johnston, in his stunning Ferrari 458, has been one of the most consistent performers this season, but he only holds a slender nine point advantage from Bentley's Porsche 996.
Former Renault Clio Cup champion Ben Winrow and reigning Production BMW Champion Mike Tovey will continue their fascinating season long battle for the 2012 PBMW championship. The title race is delicately poised but with the series typical for bumper-to-bumper racing, anything can happen! Further tin top action will be provided by the Project Eight Racing Saloons, a series catering for production based cars constructed before 1994.
The penultimate round of the Lotus Cup UK Championship could also see a title decided. The Production championship is the most likely to come to a conclusion with leader Rob Boston only needing to claim nine more points than his rival Stuart Plotnek. Boston has also been the leading driver in the Elise Trophy and will be the overwhelming favourite, whilst Steve Train will be aiming to extend his Lotus Cup UK Supersport lead and perhaps score his first outright victory.
The Radical European Masters also has one round remaining after this weekend and just 11 points covers the top two crews as the quest to find Europe's best Radical racer builds towards its conclusion.
Tickets for the MSVR Club Car Championships at Donington Park this weekend (6/7 October) are available on the gate for £15, with free entry for children aged 15 and under.