Shane Lynch, who recently enjoyed a successful touring comeback with former chart-toppers Boyzone, also made a triumphant return to the racetrack by winning his class in the second Dunlop Sport MAXX Cup race as part of the Great & British Dunlop Motorsport Festival at Donington Park at the weekend.
The Irishman, who hadn't competed on a race track all year, took his SEAT Leon FR to victory having passed rival Leyton Clarke with an audacious move to take the lead on the second lap of the race. From there he maintained his advantage all the way to the chequered flag to cap a great return to competition having finished third in the earlier race, which was won by Clarke.
The former GT winner won his class in the Dunlop Sport MAXX Cup at Donington in 2007, driving the same car he drove during the race at the weekend.
While Lynch was enjoying success in Group B, Simon Gusterson strengthened his position as championship leader taking his Renault Megane to victory in the first race of the day. However the Group A competitor couldn't repeat the feat with Martin Wallbank in the Vauxhall Astra taking the spoils in race two for his fourth success of the campaign
Martin Depper kept his hopes of becoming crowned 2008 Mini Challenge champion alive with some high scoring results but he couldn't manage a win in any of the three races. Title rival Jack Stanford did take a win and moves closer points wise to Depper in the quest for the crown. Meanwhile Jake Packun won the last race to compliment the two podium positions he gained in the earlier races while there was a first ever Mini Challenge race win for Shaun King. In the Club class category of the series, Craig Dawson romped to two wins with Graham Parsons triumphing in race one.
In the Dunlop Radical UK Cup, the 360 Racing pairing of Terence Woodward and Ross Kaiser took another win as they look to be crowned 2008 champions but it was a close call as Stuart Moseley, who along with fellow driver won the first race of the day, closed in on the last lap as Kaiser appeared to have a problem. While those two crews were sharing the spoils in the Masters class of both races, RPM Motorsport's Daniel Ladiman and Alex Kapadia, put the disappointment of retiring from race one with victory in the Supersport category of race two. They had been leading race one when they went out and that left the fellow RPM crew of Jeremy Ferguson and Ross Allen to take the flag
The results mean there's plenty to play for in all three series at the next round, which takes place at Brands Hatch on the August Bank Holiday. 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.