The final points scoring round of the PRS and Track Obsession Esports series caused plenty of drama round Donington Park.
The top 20 drivers in the points following this event will go through to face professional racing drivers at Spa-Francorchamps on 9th May with prizes on offer.
Firstly, the Oulton Park feature race had to be rerun due to the iRacing server crashing one week earlier. As always, the final race grid was formed using the reverse race results from the Heats. Rob Baker got the best start and led from lights to flag. Series leader Jason Copper fought his way up the field finishing third behind fellow front runner David Williams. Regular podium finisher Jamie Rushworth suffered a mid-race spin but recovered to 10th and heat one winner Luke Bennett finished sixth.
Donington Park’s races quickly followed with a new car for the series – the Cadillac CTS-V. In Heat one, David Williams who secured a clean sweep of being fastest in all qualifying sessions, started from pole. A clean getaway from Williams saw him win his first heat of the series from Jack McIntyre and Rafal Drzaszcz. Jamie Rushworth made an error at McLeans dropping him to 9th in the opening laps. Ahead of him there was a great battle for fourth, which was won by Pete Newman after he made his move on Thomas King at McLeans. Behind Luke Cooper moved up the order to sixth after Mini JCW driver Max Bird tagged the back of King sending him spinning but crucially rejoined in the top 15.
Pete Harrod started from pole position for the first time in Heat 2 and got away well into the lead with serial heat winner Luke Bennett close in second. The Redgate exit is where the drama began to unfold with Ben Sharpe spinning collecting several cars along the way, many others taking to the grass to avoid the collisions ahead. This allowed the top two to break away as Bennett moved into the lead on lap two. Jason Cooper, the series points leader, worked his way through the order after a problematic start making a move on Austin Greatorex for fourth. The top three had more than six seconds on the pack behind allowing them to battle and Stuart McPhaden watched on as Harrod passed Bennett when the later was penalised for exceeding track limits, allowing Harrod to take his first series win.
Michael Seale started on pole for the first time in the final race of the evening. Redgate exit was again the scene of drama as a spin mid-pack causes several cars to collide. As the drivers regrouped and headed down Craner curves and toward Starkeys bridge, Jamie Rushworth spun taking out points leader Jason Cooper and his brother Luke. Luke Bennett and David Williams survived the first lap drama ending up 9th and 14th respectively. Meanwhile, Max Bird made a move on Jack Hills for second before closing to Seale. Bird took the lead on lap four while Bennett moved up to sixth. Early leader Seale spun after a collision with Hill dropped him back. Bennett made a move around the outside of Hill and with Seale dropping back, he took second. The final podium spot involved a three-way battle between Peter Brien, Williams and McIntyre. Brien was able to hold on denying Williams a podium finish in every race. Max Bird was victorious for his first win ahead of Bennett who started near the back, out of the remaining points leaders, it was Rushworth who salvaged a point.
The next round is Spa against the pro drivers. We will bring you the drivers who have made it through in the next couple of days. 8pm on 9th May is the next round.