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Fisher heads McArthur again in Walter Hayes Last Chance Race charge

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Ida Wood

Felix Fisher prevailed in a three-way battle with Tom McArthur and Callum Grant to win the Walter Hayes Trophy’s Last Chance Race at Silverstone.

After starting from 20th on the grid following his win in the Progression Race, TM Racing’s Fisher moved up to 10th on the opening lap while McArthur, starting one place behind him, again made the better start to run seventh for B-M Racing.

Privateer Ian Schofield led away from pole in his Reynard 89FF, ahead of BIOS-sport’s Gaius Ghinn and UCLan’s Mario Sarchet, while Callum Grant climbed from ninth of the grid to fourth for Nigel Grant Motorsport.

Grant continued to make progress, taking the lead away from Schofield at the end of the second lap, with McArthur moving into second at Becketts a few corners later. Fisher passed Schofield for third on lap four of 10 before closing in on the top two.

After a close three-car slipstreaming battle, McArthur took the lead away from Grant on lap eight, with Fisher then snatching second.

Fisher took the lead at the far end of the track on the last lap to beat McArthur to the win by 0.270 seconds, with Grant finishing close behind in third.

Graham Brunton Racing’s Derek Palmer Jr climbed from 22nd on the grid to finish fourth, 13s behind the top three, having passed Schofield in the closing stages.

Ghinn finished 0.2s behind Schofield in sixth, while UCLan’s Jaap Blijleven recovered from a slow start from row three of the grid to take seventh late on.

Privateer Mark Armstong was eighth ahead of Porter Motorsport’s Joe Porter and StrongBroo Racing’s Neil Broome, who slipped back from fifth on the grid.

Sarchet finished 13th, while Peter Barrable pipped Wayne Poole Racing team-mate Stephen Bracegirdle to the final semi-final progression spot in 20th by less than a second by finishing 20th.

Race results (10 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Felix Fisher TM Racing 10m37.038s
2 Tom McArthur B-M Racing +0.270s
3 Callum Grant Nigel Grant Motorsport +0.522s
4 Derek Palmer Jr Graham Brunton Racing +13.029s
5 Ian Schofield +14.381s
6 Gaius Ghinn BIOS-sport +14.652s
7 Jaap Blijleven UCLan +14.981s
8 Mark Armstrong +15.824s
9 Joe Porter Porter Motorsport +16.167s
10 Neil Broome StrongBroo Racing +16.841s
11 Molly Dodd Simon Hadfield Motorsport +17.397s
12 Paul Tucker Tucker Motorsport +22.262s
13 Mario Sarchet UCLan +22.558s
14 Sam Tompkins +23.131s
15 James Colborn Wayne Poole Racing +23.466s
16 Ben Stone Simon Hadfield Motorsport +23.888s
17 Joseph Ahrens Enigma Motorsport +27.435s
18 Matt Hallam +27.579s
19 Westie Mitchell +31.778s
20 Peter Barrable Wayne Poole Racing +31.791s
21 Stephen Bracegirdle Wayne Poole Racing +32.493s
22 David Porter Porter Motorsport +36.410s
23 Bob Higgins Riadro Motorsport +36.596s
24 Matt Taylerson +37.137s
25 Mark McKenna GT Motorsport +39.894s
26 Matt Hayes +40.363s
27 Alex Spooner Simon Hadfield Motorsport +40.619s
28 Mike Bainbridge +41.569s
29 Luke McShane Cotswold Blacksmith Motorsport +41.880s
NC Patrick McKenna GT Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Ian Fernihough
Ret Leanne McShane Souley Motorsport
Ret Bob Hawkins Springbridge Motorsport
Ret Simon Jackson Lanan
Ret Garth Buckingham Souley Motorsport
DNS Ed Thurston
Fastest lap: Fisher, 1m02.097s