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Dempsey wins first heat, Chadwick eighth on Walter Hayes return

by Ida Wood

Kevin Mills Racing’s Jordan Dempsey won the first Walter Hayes Trophy heat at Silverstone, while team-mate Michael Macpherson threw away his victory chances at the start.

The pair shared the front row, with poleman Dempsey streaking into the lead at the start and Macpherson sliding slowly out of his grid spot.

This promoted Formula Ford Festival winner Jonathan Browne to second and Thomas Capezzone to third, but neither could challenge the leader.

Dempsey couldn’t pull away though, and soon Macpherson closed in to make it a four-car train at the front.

The quartet ran in tandem for the last few laps, with not even errant backmarkers threatening a change of order at the front due to how slippy running off-line was on the drying track.

Tom Brown, supported by B-M Racing, was usually the fastest man in the race and finished in fifth place, ahead of team-mate Tom McArthur.

Riadro Motorsport’s Adam Higgins used his extensive experience to win the battle for seventh against W Series champion Jamie Chadwick and Logan Hannah, both driving for Graham Brunton Racing.

Early on that battle featured Team Fox Racing boss Dan Fox and UCLan’s Jaap Blijleven, before Blijleven was hit by Fox at Becketts and was then collected by KMR’s Alex Gillespie.


Race results (8 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Jordan Dempsey Kevin Mills Racing 9m24.874s
2 Jonathan Browne Cliff Dempsey Racing +0.977s
3 Thomas Capezzone Swift Cooper +1.274s
4 Michael Macpherson Kevin Mills Racing +1.474s
5 Tom Brown B-M Racing +2.691s
6 Tom McArthur B-M Racing +3.892s
7 Bob Higgins Riadro Motorsport +11.414s
8 Jamie Chadwick Graham Brunton Racing +12.967s
9 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing +14.758s
10 Ryan Campbell +16.580s
11 Ian Schofield +18.020s
12 Mark Armstrong Kevin Mills Racing +18.690s
13 Dan Fox Team Fox Racing +24.394s
14 George McDonald +25.154s
15 John Greig Souley Motorsport +30.118s
16 James Pinkerton Rotor Racing +36.137s
17 James Harvey +36.673s
18 Will Zanelli +46.939s
19 Hayden Hardyman +47.121s
20 Mark De Rozarieux Souley Motorsport +1m03.969s
21 David Billington +1m13.363s
22 Peter Hannam +1m16.891s
23 David Porter Porter Motorsport +1 lap
24 Jaap Blijleven UCLan
25 Alex Gillespie Kevin Mills Racing
26 Stephen Bracegirdle Wayne Poole Racing
DNS Tom Mills
Fastest lap: Brown, 1m09.666s