Jordan Dempsey took victory in the disrupted second Walter Hayes Tropy semi-final by passing Rory Smith on the run to the finish line.
Kevin Mills Racing driver Dempsey got a better start than polesitter Smith to lead into the first corner, and was able to build a gap between himself and the chasing pack headed by Smith and Julian Van der Watt.
Dempsey?s lead was soon nullified as the safety car came out on lap three after a brake issue for B-M Racing’s Tom McArthur. Moments before, Van der Watt had passed McArrhur’s team-mate Smith for second place.
After the safety car came in, Dempsey was able to make an early break from Van der Watt and Smith and held a steady gap until a second safety car period on lap eight of 12 when Thomas Cappezzone, Callum Grant and Michael Macpherson came together at Copse.
The second restart did not work as well for Dempsey, as both Smith and Van der Watt were able to get past into first and second respectively.
Smith had the lead going into the final lap but Dempsey charged past Van der Watt and then out-dragged Smith out of the final corner to take victory by 0.014 seconds.
KMR’s Michael Eastwell made a last lap charge to finish fourth behind Van der Watt, and just ahead Wayne Poole Racing’s Josh Fisher and Formula Ford Festival winner Jonathan Browne.
David McArthur (B-M) came home in seventh, holding back Don Hardman Racing’s Joey Foster who had started from 26th on the grid.
W series champion Jamie Chadwick had a close battle with KMR’s Roger Orgee to finish 13th for Graham Brunton Racing, while Oldfield Motorsport’s Stuart Gough rose from 21st to finish 15th. Chadwick’s team-mate Logan Hannah also made it to the final by finishing 17th.
Race results (12 laps)
|1||Jordan Dempsey||Kevin Mills Racing||18m56.413s|
|2||Rory Smith||B-M Racing||+0.014s|
|3||Julian Van der Watt||+0.357s|
|4||Michael Eastwell||Kevin Mills Racing||+1.564s|
|5||Josh Fisher||Wayne Poole Racing||+1.599s|
|6||Jonathan Browne||Cliff Dempsey Racing||+1.828s|
|7||David McArthur||B-M Racing||+1.925s|
|8||Joey Foster||Don Hardman Racing||+2.172s|
|9||Chris Middlehurst||Team Dolan||+2.670s|
|10||David McCullough||Team DDR||+2.860s|
|11||Scott Temple||Kevin Mills Racing||+3.059s|
|12||Tom Brown||B-M Racing||+6.211s|
|13||Jamie Chadwick||Graham Brunton Racing||+7.166s|
|14||Roger Orgee||Kevin Mills Racing||+7.254s|
|15||Stuart Gough||Oldfield Motorpsort||+7.621s|
|16||Peter Daly||Don Hardman Racing||+11.049s|
|17||Logan Hannah||Graham Brunton Racing||+11.506s|
|19||Thomas Johansson||Team SKF||+14.109s|
|20||Rick Morris||Don Hardman Racing||+15.438s|
|21||Mark Armstrong||Kevin Mills Racing||+16.474s|
|22||Dan Fox||Team Fox Racing||+16.500s|
|26||Klaus-Dieter Haeckel||Haeckel Motorsport||+20.295s|
|27||Brad Dias||Graham Brunton Racing||+23.805s|
|28||John Greig||Souley Motorsport||+23.874s|
|29||Adam Fathers||AF Racing||+24.239s|
|30||Leanne McShane||Souley Motorsport||+27.222s|
|Ret||Adam Higgins||Riadro Motorsport|
|Ret||Callum Grant||Neil Grant|
|Ret||Michael Macpherson||Kevin Mills Racing|
|Ret||Thomas Cappezzone||Swift Cooper|
|Ret||Sam Street||SamS Motorsport|
|Ret||Tom McArthur||B-M Racing|
|Fastest lap: Foster, 1m06.337s|