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TinTops Race Report, Donington, 2nd September 2017

By Adam Grant
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

TinTops The Quaife/Cannons Tin Tops had their second away day of the year. A much anticipated first visit to Donington didn’t quite attract the expected numbers. Never the less, the ones that did go put on a cracking display of good close racing.

In qualifying Dan Fisher put his Honda Civic onto pole position, with James Ross lining up alongside in his Vauxhall Astra. Master Ross had raced a Renault Clio the previous weekend at the Rockingham touring car meeting. Lining up third was Rod Birley, in the Bevan owned Honda Integra, just pipping Bob Hosier in his Seat Leon. For the first time this year we were joined by Dave Hutchins and Vic Hope, who occupied row three in their Honda Civics. Steve Everson was the quickest T3 class runner in his Saxo from another returnee Ben Forbes, also in a Saxo. Next up were the similar cars of Mikey Day and Matt Ellis. Ryan Brimsted was 11th, although his oil filter came off going through the Craner Curves, which necessitated a red flag interlude. The grid was completed by Adrian Matthews, Dominic Ryan, Gideon September (back in his TP class Mitsubishi Mirage), Bradley Lane, Alfie Brooker and Ken Angell. Unfortunately Angell missed the first race, due to a recurring electrical issue.

TinTops Race one only lasted one lap, due to another oil loss from Brimsted’s Peugeot. This time the offending substance lubricated the track from the old hairpin through to Starkey’s bridge. The efficient marshals and track crew soon addressed the problem and a complete re-start was made, although the race was shortened to ten minutes. Fisher again led into Redgate with Birley slotting into second from Hosier. Ross was missing as he was ejected from the grid with a loose turbo oil return hose. However, his father some fixed the problem and JJ joined in at the back.

TinTops With Fisher and Birley edging clear of Hosier, attention switched to Ross who soon moved up to fourth position, but was unable to close on the leading trio. Hutchins and Hope were safe in fifth and sixth, as Ryan made good progress up to 7th passing the T3 battlers. Everson was an early retirement, whilst Ellis chased Forbes and Day. Lane then picked off the T3 Saxo bunch as Matthews joined in as well. This was good news for Ellis who got past Forbes, as he slipped behind championship leader Day. However, Ellis then closed on Day and on lap 7 made his move to take the class lead.

At the front Fisher just held off Birley, who was 0.7 of a second behind at the chequered flag. Hosier was a bit lonely in third, but won T1 from Ross. Ellis took T3 honours as September won TP. Alfie Brooker retired with power steering pulley issues.

TinTops Race two saw Hosier get the best start, as Fisher and Birley went a bit wide into Redgate. On lap two Fisher went even wider into Redgate, which let Birley up to second and Ross into third. A lap later and Fisher was back up to third and trying desperately to close on the two leaders. However, the gaps remained static until the start of lap 10. Adrian Matthews had pulled off at Redgate, which meant yellow flags were being waved. As Hosier caught September, who was being lapped, he had to back off, Birley closed up but also had to lift off until they passed the green flag. Fisher closed in and all eyes were on the back part of the circuit. As they came into Roberts chicane Hosier braked late and missed the second part of the corner. Birley saw the wayward Seat and moved to the right as Fisher went left towards the pit wall. Into Redgate for the final time and Hosier just held the inside line with Birley right on his boot lid. Fisher braved it out around the outside, which gave him the best line through Craner Curves and he emerged in front. Hosier had another moment at Coppice which meant Birley got a better run out of the corner. Fisher somehow hung on to take a slightly unexpected win, with Birley second and Hosier third. Just one second covered the three protagonists.

Ross came home safe in fourth, with Hutchins and Hope close together in fifth and sixth. Ryan had a good run into 7th again, as Everson charged through to 8th, also taking T3 honours. Lane was ninth, with Angell bringing his BMW home in 10th. Ellis again got the better of Day, who had Forbes slip past him at one stage. Sadly Ben retired his Saxo, so a somewhat subdued Day salvaged third in class. September won TP, with Brooker also retiring again. In the championship Fisher now moves into a slender two point lead from Day, as the Tin Tops return to Brands Hatch on September 23rd.

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