Host of new winners come to the fore at Donington Park

17 Apr 17

Donington Park played host to the latest rounds from the five championships competing on the TOCA support package this past weekend [15/16th April], with several new winners being crowned.

Situated under the flightpath of East Midlands airport, mixed conditions battered the circuit over the two days as thousands of fans turned out in force to see the latest chapter of the 2017 season.

The Renault UK Clio Cup started with a bang as a multi-car incident took place on the opening lap of race one at the exit of Redgate corner. Shayne Deegan, Oliver Pidgeley, Aaron Thompson, Lucas Orrock (who rolled his car), Luke Reade and Oscar Rovelli all were caught up in the chaos but thankfully walked away unhurt.

Following a red flag stoppage, Max Coates found himself victorious in the restarted race following post-race amendments by stewards. Race two was equally as dramatic as James Colburn walked away from a slow roll in his PP Motorsport machine after digging into the gravel at the Old Hairpin.

As track conditions failed to improve with rain falling, the jaw-dropping shocks continued from the one-make series as Paul Rivett and Lee Pattison collided, bringing out the red flag and a final race result. Their demise meant Coates was victorious again however Rivett has since been reinstated into the result, meaning he is the race winner.

Charlie Eastwood halted Daniel Cammish's dominant run in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as he took a pair of victories. Before racing had even begun there was drama as Cammish collided with Rupert Martin in qualifying, meaning the double champion would be forced to fight his way through the field if he was to leave with silverware.

Converting pole position into two lights-to-flag performances, Eastwood elevated himself to the summit of the points, leading his Redline Racing team-mate Cammish by four points. Cammish recovered to score second and fourth in both races whilst Lewis Plato, Dino Zamparelli and Tom Wrigley claimed podium finishes too.

The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship saw Tom Gamble take a pair of wins whilst Daniel Harper notched his maiden victory. Callum Pointon, Tom Roache and Ben Green shared the spoils in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

In the British F4 Championship, James Caroline was in superious form as he extended his points lead at the top of the standings. The Pirtek Racing driver took two wins before an incident in race three brought a halt to single-seater action for the weekend.

Full results from the weekend across all championships can be found here.