Mr Fourth Wins!
It should have been 36 but the most winning driver of the season Brian Chandler wasn’t able to race due to an critical back operation prior to the season finale.
The pair were half a second faster than James Rogers who also had a small gap over Ben Tuck. Tuck just beat Jason Greatrex to fourth place. Daniel Stewart, Gary Hufford, Chris Hart, Jack Sycamore and Adam Read completed the top ten positions.
WBC’s lead didn’t last long though as just over a lap later Short retook the position with an amazing outside overtake at Redgate.
This allowed Rogers, who has got a reputation of finishing in fourth, to take the lead after he watched the top two fall off the track right in front of him.
In the meantime, Short fought his way ahead of Greatrex, Tuck and Sycamore who were all battling. He got into second on lap on lap six. He managed to close the gap to Rogers to less than two seconds but never got close enough to make a challenge for the lead.
Blackwell-Chambers finished in sixth after his recovery. He never lost time to the race winner after his off. Hufford won the big battle for seventh ahead of Hart and Stewart who were separated by just 0.001 seconds in a near dead-heat, Scott Leach completed the top ten.
Short took the initial advantage and led until lap three when he and Rogers spent half of the lap side-by-side before finally Rogers acquired the lead. Short allowed him to head the pack until lap five when he decided that it was time to go back to the front.
Sycamore fought off Tuck throughout the ten lap race to take fifth position. Hart claimed seventh ahead of Allwood, Stewart and Paletou in a great battle within the top ten. Allwood grabbed eighth on the penultimate lap.
Heading away from Donington Park, a delighted James Rogers comes away with a victory as the fourth different winner of 2014. Will Blackwell-Chambers took the opening two races, Brian Chandler won a massive nine races and Ben Short took three.
With 35 cars at Donington Park and some fantastic racing throughout the field, it completed a superb opening season for 5 Club Racing. Attentions turn to next season as, with now very busy grids and some new rule changes, the MX5 Cup becomes a championship which is expected to make the racing even more exciting, we’re definitely looking forward to that!
Words: Joshua Barrett
Pictures: Jonathan Elsey (www.jonelseyphotography.photoshelter.com)