Thackeray takes win number two in Donington Park thriller

Dan Thackeray took his second win of the year in the 2022 Milltek Sport Civic Cup, as rivals Alistair Camp and Morgan Bailey clashed for the lead early on in the first race of the day at Donington Park.

Camp started from pole position in his Area Motorsport EP3, however Morgan Bailey had a better start from third on the grid and was soon leading as the field made its way through the Craner Curves on lap one. Before the first lap was complete, the Safety Car was deployed after Owen Hillman stalled his Pro Alloys Racing EP3 on the grid and was unable to get clear before the first lap was complete.

When racing resumed three laps later, Camp led with both Bailey and Thackeray in close company, as Matt Luff closed in to make the lead battle a five car affair. The action kicked off on lap six as Camp tried to pass Bailey for the lead before the Old Hairpin and as contact was made, both cars ended up in the gravel trap before re-joining the track, as both drivers lost places.

Thackeray took the lead as a result of this, with Jack Harding running in second with Luff, Harvey Caton in the JWB Motorsport EP3 and Will Redford in the second Pro Alloys Racing EP3 completing the top six as the racing continued. Redford was on a charge, having already passed both Matthew Cripps and teammate will Di Claudio, who was back for his second out in the Championship.

The battle for fourth place came to a head as Caton tried to pass Luff on the run though the Craner Curves, however after Caton went wide at the Old Hairpin, Redford capitalised as he passed both Luff and Caton to take fourth place.

Thackeray would go on to take the win ahead of Harding, with Caton and Luff completing the top five places. Morgan Bailey recovered to take sixth place by the end, getting ahead of Redford who had an off track excursion late in the race.

Camp claimed eighth place in his recovery drive ahead of Will di Claudio and Jeff Alden in the Matrix Motorsport run Civic FN2. Ross Darlington claimed twelfth place ahead of Paul McHugh.

In the Production class, the Jeakins Race Preparation duo of Alfie Jeakins and Loui Hounsell claimed another one – two in class, allowing Jeakins to further extend his class advantage whilst Mark Hughes was thirds in class ahead of Simon Welch.