Kevin Mills Racing’s Neil Maclennan beat Team Dolan’s polesitter Chris Middlehurst to win the first of two Walter Hayes Trophy semi-finals.
Maclennan grabbed the lead from Middlehurst on the first lap and was only rarely seriously challenged. Even a safety car period for the retrieval of a beached Joey Foster from Luffield could not dent his lead, as he got a great restart to carry on where he left off and brought home the win.
Middlehurst was a fairly safe second for most of the race, although he did have Maclennan’s KMR team-mate Michael Moyers snapping at his heels and had the safety car not been required, things could have been different for him.
Moyers started fourth and picked off Luke Cooper on the opening lap to move into the third place he would finish in.
Cooper held fourth until right at the end, when Enigma Motorsport’s Jack Wolfenden snuck past him. Cooper did well to keep ahead of team-mate Robert Hall, who rapidly gained on him late on, but had to settle for sixth.
Formula Ford Festival winner Rory Smith was a little way behind, having done well to stay on track after an altercation with Historic FF1600 champion and B-M Racing team-mate Cameron Jackson, who tumbled down the order and ended up 20th, meaning he failed to qualify for the final.
Don Hardman Racing’s Foster, a three-time WHT winner, was one of only two reitrees, having a terminal off while battling Team USA scholar Jackson Lee.
Low Dempsey Racing driver Jackson Lee finished in 10th, behind Graham Brunton Racing’s Seb Melrose and John’s Racing Team regular Pascal Monbaron.
Race results (12 laps)
|1||Neil Maclennan||Kevin Mills Racing||15m50.437s|
|2||Chris Middlehurst||Team Dolan||+1.166s|
|3||Michael Moyers||Kevin Mills Racing||+1.344s|
|4||Jack Wolfenden||Enigma Motorsport||+2.086s|
|5||Luke Cooper||Swift Cooper||+2.488s|
|6||Robert Hall||Swift Cooper||+2.897s|
|7||Rory Smith||B-M Racing||+3.385s|
|8||Seb Melrose||Graham Brunton Racing||+7.428s|
|9||Pascal Monbaron||John’s Racing Team||+7.633s|
|10||Jackson Lee||Low Dempsey Racing||+8.002s|
|11||Maxwell Esterson||Low Dempsey Racing||+8.274s|
|12||Michael Macpherson||Kevin Mills Racing||+8.450s|
|13||Miles Griffiths||Hi-Tech Motorsport||+8.795s|
|14||Logan Hannah||Graham Brunton Racing||+9.025s|
|15||Chris Hodgen||Souley Motorsport||+9.416s|
|17||Adam Higgins||Riadro Motorsport||+11.693s|
|18||Ben Mitchell||Wayne Poole Racing||+11.932s|
|19||Roger Orgee||TM Racing||+12.471s|
|20||Cameron Jackson||B-M Racing||+12.861s|
|22||Tom Hawkins||Springbridge Motorsport||+13.377s|
|24||Alex Ames||Sema Racing||+18.361s|
|25||James Hadfield||Simon Hadfield Motorsport||+18.369s|
|27||Joe Watts||Team Fox Racing||+19.298s|
|32||Mark Bates||Shaw’s Motorsport||+28.988s|
|33||James Colborn||Wayne Poole Racing||+29.483s|
|Ret||Joey Foster||Don Hardman Racing|
|Fastest lap: Moyers, 1m05.812s|