MOTOR RACING: Whittaker wins in style at Donington

Garrie Whittaker leads the field at Donington Park. Photo: Derek John Binsted
Garrie Whittaker leads the field at Donington Park. Photo: Derek John Binsted
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The start of the 2014 Kumho Tyres BMW Championship took place at Donington Park over the weekend, with Barnstone’s Garrie Whittaker taking his place on the grid with the defending champion’s number one on his car.

Garrie qualified his BMW E36 M3 on pole position ahead of Colin Wells in bright sunshine on Saturday morning at an average speed of 93.65mph for the 1.97-mile circuit.

Rain made conditions atrocious for the first race in the afternoon, and Garrie lost his lead to Darren Fielding going into the first corner.

Garrie slowly reeled in the race leader in and passed him before opening up a lead which measured seven seconds by the time he took the chequered flag after 11 laps at the end of the 20-minute race.

The second race took place on Sunday afternoon and featured a rolling start. Garrie got away well and led into the first corner, followed closely by Wells and Fielding.

A crash took Wells out with Tom Wrigley taking over second place. Wrigley and Garrie had a titanic lap-by-lap battle but the Barnstone man held on to cross the line first by 1.5 seconds after 14 laps.

The next rounds of the championship will be at Rockingham Speedway in two weeks’ time.