DEPPER TAKES A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Martin Depper strengthened his hopes of becoming crowned 2008 Mini Challenge champion with a double victory, winning both races at a well-supported Castle Combe racetrack in Wiltshire, which was the setting for the latest installment of the Great & British Dunlop Motorsport Festival.
He’d finished third in the previous day’s race, which was won by former title-holder Arthur Forster. The bridesmaid award went to Jack Stanford who took second place in all three races and somewhat ironically he now moves up to second overall as Depper’s nearest challenger. In the Club class category of the series, Graham Parsons won all three races with Tim Crighton in second place every time.
A double win also for former Mini Challenge champion Martin Wallbank, however he’s now plying his trade in the Dunlop Sport MAXX Cup. His wins came in two incident packed races with title rival Simon Shaw suffering misfortune, first of all just managing to stay on track following a first lap scare in race one and then retirement in race two when his Astra blew a head gasket as he was leading. A good day for John Allison who bettered his previous best results not once but twice, finishing second on both occasions. John Hayman first time out and then Leyton Clarke in race two divided the Class B honours.
In the Dunlop Radical UK Cup, Terence Woodward and Ross Kaiser’s winning run came to an end when they finished second to Derek Johnston and Stuart Moseley in a thrilling opening race. Yet the championship leaders got themselves back to winning ways in the second race, taking victory to ensure a share of the spoils between the top two crews on the day, both outfits going away with a first and a second place.
And a double win in the Supersport class for Roger Bromiley and Rob Wheldon, a result, which opens the championship up once again ahead of the next meeting which takes place at Donington Park in a fortnight’s time.
The racing is part of the Great & British Dunlop Motorsport Festival, highlights of which will be shown in the very near future on Sky Sports and Motors TV channels.