Smarts bounce into Donington for the inaugural races of the 4two cup
----The Smarts bounce into Donington for the inaugural races of the 4two cup.
The inaugural 4two cup got underway last weekend at Donington Park. The Drivers took to the grid in two races, with qualifying action early on Saturday. The lunch break featured Smart parade, with ‘smarties’ doing a lap of the track, before the first ever race took place in the afternoon. The second race of the series entertained spectators in front of the setting sun for the final race of the day.
Eleven racers signed up for the first round with a very diverse grid. Youngster David Moore, part of the successful Moore family was taking on experienced GT racers Andrew Donaldson and Paul Bates. Sarah Franklin, a competitor in last year’s Trofeo Abarth 500 GB Championship was also taking the fight to the men in another pint- sized racer.
In wet conditions at 10:25am on Saturday 7th May, history was made when the smart racers took to the track in the first ever qualifying session of the new series.
Within a minute the red flag was waved as the number 9 car of Charlie Burt was on its side at the Old Hairpin. Once upright and after a quick visit to the scrutineer, Burt was able to resume with just minor damage to the bodywork.
Youngster David Moore was first to set a flying lap of 1.49.341. A lap later and he’d knocked off a further 2 seconds. The red flag stopped the session a second time, again caused by a car on its side. Further proof of the robustness of the cars, James Palmer was able to return to the qualifying session.
David Moore was the driver to make history as the first driver to claim pole position for the UK’s first ever Smart car race. His time of 1.45.166 was over 3 seconds quicker than Funcup racer, Paul Abraham. GT driver Tom Mills and Britcar racer David Green completed the front two rows. The circuit commentators pointed out the interesting fact that the pole position time was quick enough to qualify for one of the races of the Dutch Supercar challenge which was also racing that weekend