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Donington Intermarque Race Report

By Rod Birley
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

Intermarque With Motors TV broadcasting live it was hoped that a few more drivers would be tempted to join in. With Keith White, Lee Griffiths and Phil Blackford all appearing for the first time this year, they were welcome additions. Unfortunately missing though were Paul Adams, Malcolm Harding and a late non-starter Ricky Hunn. Also conspicuous by his absence was genial post man Ross Loram.

Intermarque Qualifying saw Matt Simpson easily on pole position with Lewis Smith, looking much happier, in second spot. Championship contenders Malcolm Blackman and Chris Brockhurst lined up next followed by the leading senior qualifiers Chris Ayling and Richard Smith. Dave Brooks headed row four with Keith White alongside. Next up was Steve Burrows, followed by Mike Thurley, Daniel Smith, Simon Smith,Mr Cheese (Phil Young), Phil Blackford, Reuben Taylor, John Steward and Lee Griffiths.

Intermarque From the rolling start Simpson edged out Lewis Smith to lead going down the Craner Curves, closely pursued by Blackman and Brockhurst. These four soon broke away from the rest and established a comfortable margin. Richard Smith took up the pursuit in fifth, until his passenger door came loose and he headed to the pit lane. Ayling now headed the seniors in fifth with Mike Thurley on his tail and Daniel Smith looking very racey. Dan got past Mike just as Keith White arrived on the scene with Steve Burrows in tow. These four then diced amongst themselves until Dan Smith spun at the chicane. White now held sixth spot despite a trip through the McLeans gravel. Further back Taylor, Young and Steward had a good battle, with Reuben enjoying his best race so far this year. Dave Brooks had a moment on the first lap and dropped down the field, but clawed his way back to ninth by the chequered flag. The finishing order being Simpson, Lewis Smith, Blackman, Brockhurst, Ayling, White, Burrows, Thurley, Brooks, Young, Taylor, Steward, Griffiths and Dan Smith. Blackford having pulled off three laps before the end.

Intermarque The grid draw saw Mike Thurley on pole position for race two. Mike held the lead tenaciously for just over a lap until circuit maestro Simpson stormed by. The frantic first lap action was captured well by the TV camera inside Brockhurst’s car and made good viewing. By lap four the familiar front runners were back in their normal positions as Simpson led from Lewis Smith, Blackman and Brockhurst. Going well in fifth was White who had just over taken Thurley. Ayling had slipped back in the first lap rush and was back in ninth behind Dan Smith and Burrows. An early retirement was Blackford, when the under tray on his Peugeot came loose. A few laps later Richard Smith plunged off the road at the chicane, when a suspension part broke. A couple of laps later his brother Simon joined him as his engine punched a hole in the block. At the front it remained the same status quo, but the battle for sixth hotted up as Dan Smith defended strongly against Thurley. Mike tried really hard to find a way past, but had to settle for seventh. His main senior cup rival Ayling came home eighth, having diced with Burrows all the way. Brooks was a lonely tenth, as Taylor got the better of Young this time and Griffiths beat Steward.

Dan Smith won the driver of the day award, whilst Chris Brockhurst claimed the best prepared car award. The Avon tyre winners were Keith White, Reuben Taylor, Phil Young and Lee Griffiths. Malcolm Blackman now heads the points chart by a slender margin of four.

Next Race Meeting:

23rd September 2017
Brands Hatch (TinTops and Intermarque)

24th September 2017
Brands Hatch (QMS)

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Last Race Results

Quaife Modified Saloons:

1. Rod Birley
2. Malcolm Wise
3. Paul Adams
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Quaife / Cannons TinTops:

1. Dan Fisher
2. Rod Birley
3. Bob Hosier
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

1. Lewis Smith
2. Malcolm Blackman
3. Keith White
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2017 Championship Leaders:

Quaife Modified Saloons:

Rod Birley
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Quaife / Cannons TinTops:

Dan Fisher
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

Malcolm Blackman See full standings