By robcox, Sep 5 2017 02:24PM
The sun shone down on the grid as the drivers lined up for the first of two 15 minute races around the fast 3.79km ex RAF airfield. Simon Walton started on pole position along side series points leader Paul Taylor in second with son Owen Walton close behind for company starting in third.
The lights flashed off and the field darted towards turn one, an even start for most saw no real gains off the line baring Kenan Dole who rocket up the inside of Taylor entering the complex in second.
In B class Martyn Culley began pulling a gap from his fellow competitors seeing a hefty 3 second margin back to Christie Doran by the end of the first rotation. As the cars appeared exiting the final chicane the TT of Owen Walton pulled to the inside of Taylor snatching third position into turn one before Taylor re-payed the favour around the fast back section of the circuit.
Up front Simon put his head down and began to create a gap back to the Golf of Dole setting the fastest lap of the race in the process, but wasn’t to hold the honours long as teammate and son Owen went quicker a lap later.
The procession raced round as gaps began to form in-between cars, Ben Wallace shot off the track with a puncture before rejoining and continuing around. Suddenly the tyre of the 88 exploded leaving debris all over the circuit prompting for a red flag, bringing an premature end to the race.
Simon Walton claimed the win from Kenan Dole in second with Paul Taylor retaining his 100% podium ratio this season in third. Fourth place went to the second of the TT’s being followed across the line by Team Hard's Callum Jenkins.
The class B win was sealed by Goblin Racing's Martyn Culley taking his eighth win of the season, with Slidesport's Christie Doran coming across the line to take second position from Barrie Culley in third.
The sun lowered in the sky as the cars lined up for the for the second race of the day at Thruxton. Stephen Johansen’s Polo had an issue with one of it's wheels on the warm up lap prompting a delayed start with his car needing recovering. After a second green flag lap, the cars took up their grid positions once more, before the lighting gantry lit up red.
Lights off and 15 minutes of close VAG racing commenced with Kenan Dole getting a rocket start from sixth position on the grid. As the cars disappeared into the complex Paul Taylor was seen rotating a complete turn and rejoining only loosing one position.
Picking up speed Dole continued his charge, overtaking Jenkins on the inside of Goodwood before setting his sight on the JWB Golf of Wilson ahead. Wilson took to the outside of leader Fletcher into the braking zone of club, leaving a gap on the inside which was quickly filled by the fast charging Dole.
Recovering from his spin, Taylor began his charge forward, diving up the inside of Jenkins at Club displacing the Team Hard youngster to fifth position, before latching onto the rear bumper of Wilson ahead.
Seemingly liking his chances at Club, Taylor a lap later took to the outside of Wilson under braking, and as the outside became the inside he was past but wasn’t finished. A further rotation of the circuit saw Dole next on the hit list. Getting a good exiting from Club, Taylor took to the inside of Allad easing past into second place.
Wasting no time the Champion elect, Taylor lined up a move into Club on Maximum Motorsport’s Brayden Fletcher in the lead, making an identical move around the outside to take the position. Fletcher latched on to the rear of Taylor ahead as they raced on.
Martyn Culley led the way for class B with Christie Doran defending hard from Goblin Racing’s Barrie Culley in third a few seconds back. Back up the front in class A, Dole defended hard from the pair of TT’s as they edged past exiting Church.
The gaggle of cars entered the next lap nose to tail as Wallace and Jenkins came together exiting Allard spiking them both onto the grass as vast speed. Heading back towards the track out of control the pair connected with both TT’s ending the race for the four of them.
Red flags flew finishing the race with three minutes remaining on the clock, seeing Paul Taylor take the win and the championship with one round to spare after an impressive drive from the third row of the grid.
Maximum Motorsport’s Brayden Fletcher took second place and a maiden podium in the series with Kenan Dole snatching the final podium place. Class B honours were once again claimed by Martyn Culley as he too completed his championship campaign. Slidesport’s Christie Doran claimed second position with Barrie Culley finishing third.
We would like to congratulate Paul Taylor on his extraordinary championship win, never off the podium from the first race of the season, superb drive! We'd also like to congratulate Martyn Culley on his dominate Class win never finishing a race lower than second place.