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Rory Smith pips Julian Van der Watt to win chaotic third WHT heat

by Formula Scout

Rory Smith came from fifth on the grid to beat Julian Van der Watt by 0.074 seconds in Walter Hayes Trophy heat three at Silverstone, after the early leaders clashed.

The B-M Racing driver was able to take advantage of a clash between poleman Michael Eastwell and Josh Fisher on the second lap, and from there he steadily built up a gap and until a late safety car period brought the field together.

A one lap shootout took place after the safety car, and WHT returnee Van der Watt gave Smith a major scare by getting a much better exit from Luffield on the run to the finish.

Kevin Mills Racing’s Eastwell had led from pole and held off a fast-starting Fisher for the first two laps before they collided, pushing Eastwell down to third and Wayne Poole Racing’s Fisher down to 10th.

Team Dolan’s Chris Middlehurst had slotted into second but then came under pressure from the recovering Eastwell.

After a skillful wheel-to-wheel battle in which both drivers had held second place, both drivers appeared to spin at the same time but without any contact. This gave Van der Watt second place, with Team DDR’s David McCullough following closely behind.

Soon after, the race was neutralised when Klaus-Dieter Haeckel suffered suspension damage and had to park on the outside of Copse. After the safety car period, McCullough was able to hold on to third from Callum Grant.

B-M Racing’s David McArthur had an effective race, starting in 11th and beating the recovering Fisher to fifth.

KMR’s Scott Temple came home in seventh, just ahead of Eastwell and Middlehurst. Roger Orgee (KMR) finished 10th, with Stuart Gough (Oldfield Motorsport) in 11th.


Race results (8 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Rory Smith B-M Racing 11m16.699s
2 Julian Van der Watt +0.074s
3 David McCullough Team DDR +0.785s
4 Callum Grant Neil Grant +0.995s
5 David McArthur B-M Racing +1.249s
6 Josh Fisher Wayne Poole Racing +1.985s
7 Scott Temple Kevin Mills Racing +2.138s
8 Michael Eastwell Kevin Mills Racing +2.211s
9 Chris Middlehurst Team Dolan +2.601s
10 Roger Orgee Kevin Mills Racing +3.691s
11 Stuart Gough Oldfield Motorsport +4.991s
12 Neil Fowler Neil Fowler Motorsport +5.498s
13 Peter Daly Don Hardman Racing +5.849s
14 Neil Tofts Enigma Motorsport +8.163s
15 Adam Fathers AF Racing +8.750s
16 Steve Barlow Graham Brunton Racing +9.207s
17 Gaius Ghinn +9.540s
18 Brad Dias Graham Brunton Racing +10.150s
19 Sam Street SamS Motorsport +13.633s
20 Paul Barnes Souley Motorsport +13.845s
21 George Ditchfield +16.111s
Ret Klaus-Dieter Haeckel Haeckel Motorsport
DNS Paul Britten
DNS George Haynes Mark Haynes
Fastest lap: Smith, 1m06.821s