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2004 Race Reports

  Donington Park, England, 28 - 29 August 2004

 
Crew chief Alan Howell with David Mercer, winner Race 1 Start of Race 1 Don Law (L) with Henry Pearman, winner Race 2

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  David Mercer (Spice-Ford SE90C) looked set to cruise to a dominant double until he pitted with a suspected puncture relinquishing a thirty second lead after 25 minutes. He charged from seventh back to third in the remaining 10 minutes.

Henry Pearman was the grateful beneficiary taking a maiden victory aboard his fabulous Jaguar XJR-11. Pearman also collected third in Race 1. Nigel James, whose Porsche 962C now sports short tail bodywork, coasted across the line out of fuel to second. Engine worries prevented him taking part later on.

James had earlier been involved in a tremendous scrap with Gary Pearson (Jaguar XJR-12LM) and Gavan Kershaw (Aston Martin AMR-1). Pole-sitter, Pearson dropped to ninth after a spin early on, but fought back to second at 20 minutes with a cracking manoeuvre around the outside of the Aston at Gerrards. Both were to retire shortly afterwards. The Jaguar V12 finally gave up, having sounded rough for some time, whilst the Aston suffered suspension failure in the Craner Curves!

Young charger, Simon Pullan (Porsche 962CK6) forged through to third from the back of the grid within 10 minutes after an oil leak and resultant fire caused him to miss qualifying. Engine failure would rob him of a fine finish, however. The similar Kenwood liveried car of Don Grice suffered the same fate as a rash of mechanical gremlins depleted the grid for Race 2. Jim Mullen (Spice-Chevrolet GTP) pitted after the pace lap with headgasket failure whilst Brian DeVries' Intrepid blew its Chevrolet engine.

David Leslie produced two super drives from the back of the field to fourth and second in Bryan Wingfield's Ecosse C286. His second place in Race 2 was all the more impressive as the car was jumping out of third gear for much of the race. Harvey Cooke held Leslie at bay for 15 minutes but retired his Spice-Ford SE88C shortly afterwards. Second in class behind Leslie was Ian Stinton in the Speedy Argo-Ford JM19C. But for a fuel miscalculation, he would have repeated this and also claimed the third step of the podium in Race 2.

Stinton was sandwiched in a three car incident in Race 1 which claimed Peter Schleifer's March-Chevrolet 84G and bit a chunk from the side of Ray Mallock's Aston Martin Nimrod. Schleifer retired, whilst Mallock continued to seventh with the door aperture taped up. Roger Bennington drove the car to a lonely finish in Race 2. Nick Rini followed Mallock home in Race 1 in the Silk Cut Jaguar XJR-12, which he had substituted for his own Bud Light car. It was oil from Rini's Race 2 engine failure, which caused Mercer's errant diagnosis of a puncture.

Alvin Powell (Tiga-Ford GC288) shared Class 3 spoils with John Edwards. Powell, starting from the pits in Race 1 after a puncture on the pace lap, produced a fine drive to take honours. Edwards' Argo-Ford JM19C developed a fuel problem preventing him from taking the start in Race 1, but the Race 2 class win helped make amends.

Having, in his own words, "lost it!" in Race 1, Richard Bateman (Tiga-Rover GC287) chased Duncan McKay all the way for the Class 4 runner-up spot in Race 2. The McKay's were over the moon not only with the result but also the performance of their Bardon-Ford DB2. A trouble free weekend was testament to the hard work the Damax team have put into the project.

Whilst Mike Millard (Prosport LM3000) took unopposed honours in the invitation category, the battle for Richard Oddie was with his Argo JM20's insatiable thirst for fuel. Despite this, he took a popular third in class in Race 2.

  Qualifying Race 1 - Saturday

No. Class Driver Nat Car Time Laps MPH
30 1 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR-12LM 1:02.428 16 112.87
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C 1:02.456 12 112.82
2 1 Jim Mullen USA Spice-Chevrolet GTP 1:03.679 34 110.65
7 1 Nigel James GB Porsche 962C 1:04.665 21 108.96
8 1 Brian DeVries USA Intrepid-Chevrolet 1:05.176 14 108.11
18 1 Whight/Kershaw GB Aston Martin AMR-1 1:05.630 19 107.36
71 3 Harvey Cooke GB Spice-Ford SE88C 1:07.614 14 104.21
3 1 Henry Pearman GB Jaguar XJR-11 1:08.354 22 103.08
16 4 Peter Schleifer D March Chevrolet 84G 1:08.456 27 102.93
90 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 1:08.479 10 102.89
32 1 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR-12D 1:08.800 13 102.41
19 3 John Edwards GB Argo JM19C 1:08.908 22 102.25
26 3 Alvin Powell GB Tiga 288 1:09.209 11 101.81
12 4 Ian Stinton GB Argo JM19B 1:09.569 14 101.28
31 4 Ray Mallock GB Aston Martin Nimrod 1:12.018 9 97.84
28 1 Richard Oddie GB Argo-Chevrolet JM20 GTP 1:12.515 19 97.17
83 4 Duncan McKay GB Bardon-Ford DB2 1:15.441 15 93.40
37 4 Richard Bateman GB Tiga-Rover GC287 1:18.025 27 90.30
 

Race 1 - Sunday

No. Class Driver Nat Car Time Laps Best
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C 40:44.462 37 1:04.515
7 1 Nigel James GB Porsche 962C 41:46.775 37 1:05.203
3 1 Henry Pearman GB Jaguar XJR-11 41:24.149 36 1:06.349
82 4 David Leslie GB Ecosse-Ford C286 41:46.718 36 1:08.180
12 4 Ian Stinton GB Argo JM19B 41:43.789 35 1:09.899
90 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 41:47.964 34 1:09.251
31 4 Ray Mallock GB Aston Martin Nimrod 40:55.729 33 1:12.300
32 1 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR-12D 41:26.153 33 1:10.386
26 3 Alvin Powell GB Tiga 288 41:40.591 33 1:09.418
83 4 Duncan McKay GB Bardon-Ford DB2 41:08.745 31 1:16.480
37 4 Richard Bateman GB Tiga-Rover GC287 41:10.062 30 1:17.579
Not Classified
8 1 Brian DeVries USA Intrepid-Chevrolet 26:03.172 22 1:05.552
28 1 Richard Oddie GB Argo-Chevrolet JM20 GTP 39:33.562 21 1:13.343
30 1 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR-12LM 21:29.576 19 1:03.925
71 3 Harvey Cooke GB Spice-Ford SE88C 29:59.040 19 1:08.819
18 1 Gavan Kershaw GB Aston Martin AMR-1 19:07.555 17 1:05.930
1 1 Simon Pullan GB Porsche 962 CK6 7:56.045 7 1:04.974
11 1 Don Grice GB Porsche 962 CK6 2:45.843 2 1:18.371
16 4 Peter Schleifer D March Chevrolet 84G 3:05.111 1  
Fastest Lap
30 1 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR-12LM 1:03.925 5 110.22
82 4 David Leslie GB Ecosse-Ford C286 1:08.180 31 103.34
71 3 Harvey Cooke GB Spice-Ford SE88C 1:08.819 8 102.38
90 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 1:09.251 2 101.75
 

Race 2 - Sunday

No. Class Driver Nat Car Time Laps Best
3 1 Henry Pearman GB Jaguar XJR-11 35:47.844 31 1:07.021
82 4 David Leslie GB Ecosse-Ford C286 36:16.511 31 1:08.380
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C 36:42.342 31 1:03.581
19 3 John Edwards GB Argo JMC19 36:12.695 30 1:10.477
83 4 Duncan McKay GB Bardon-Ford DB2 36:56.138 28 1:17.327
37 4 Richard Bateman GB Tiga-Rover GC287 36:56.322 28 1:17.173
31 4 Roger Bennington GB Aston Martin Nimrod 37:05.803 27 1:20.460
Not Classified
12 4 Ian Stinton GB Argo JM19B 34:56.159 29 1:10.723
26 3 Alvin Powell GB Tiga 288 27:38.291 23 1:08.438
28 1 Richard Oddie GB Argo-Chevrolet JM20 GTP 34:19.302 23 1:15.744
71 3 Harvey Cooke GB Spice-Ford SE88C 26:20.548 22 1:08.623
90 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 14:29.093 12 1:10.825
32 1 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR-12D 13:59.575 11 1:14.805
Fastest Lap
21 1 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C 1:03.581 12 110.82
82 4 David Leslie GB Ecosse-Ford C286 1:08.380 11 103.04
26 3 Alvin Powell GB Tiga 288 1:08.438 7 102.95
90 5 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 1:10.825 5 99.48
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