TOCA support championships serve up high-speed entertainment at Thruxton

09 May 17

Taking to the fastest circuit on the calendar, the TOCA support package served up another entertaining weekend’s worth of action at Thruxto; with some new winners being crowned and a small piece of history being made.

In front of a bumper crowd at the Hampshire venue, four championships arguably stole the show as they pushed themselves and their cars to the absolute edge.

The Renault UK Clio Cup saw Mike Bushell extend his early title advantage as he romped to a second win of the season in their opening encounter. James Colburn and James Dorlin joined the Pyro racer on the rostrum and it would Dorlin that make the headlines in race two.

Chasing down Bushell, the Westbourne Motorsport rookie made a last corner move on the former champion and out-dragged him to the line to claim his maiden victory in only his sixth race.

Jamie Caroline continued his superlative form in the British F4 Championship, making history too. Becoming the first driver to win all three races in a weekend under the F4 name, the Pirtek-backed driver extended his championship lead to more than 80 points – affirming his status as the man to beat.

In the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship, Sebastian Priaulx and Tom Gamble shared the spoils around the 2.3 mile circuit. Track limits for drivers proved to be the big story in race one as several; of the front runners were all given warnings and then five-second penalties.

Despite Daniel Harper crossing the line to take the win it would be Gamble that was declared the winner due to Harper being handed a penalty at the final corner. Race two saw Gamble and Priaulx build up a lead from the rest of the pack with the latter making his move ad going on to take a much-needed win.

Rounding out the action was the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, which traditionally resides on the British GT package. On the first of two appearances with TOCA, the one-make formula served up plenty of entertainment.

Emerging victorious from two gruelling encounters was Geri Nicosia and defending champion Ollie Chadwick.

Up next, the TOCA package heads north to Oulton Park for the fourth meeting of the season.

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