Maranello driver Denis Gorman left PFi with the championship lead after a win and a 2nd despite stiff opposition from Bobby Game and almost Jonathan Davis if he had broken away from the pack earlier in the Final.
In practice Luca Hirst slipped on a wet patch at the end of the straight and smashed into the bridge, totally wrecking his kart, which was bent sideways at the back, had crushed rails and concrete from the bridge embedded in it. They missed Qualifying while GW Motorsport built up a borrowed Birel and Hirst was out for the first heat completely uninsured in a testament to the strength of the Zanardi. Gary Ward insisted on extra barriers being put in front of the bridge and a gravel trap is being investigated. Nigel Edwards says that the bridge both meets and exceeds MSA and CIK-FIA approval but that unexpected accidents were always a risk and that they are going to add more barriers and a gravel trap.
Bobby Game took pole, still in wet conditions but the times were getting quicker every lap. Jake Hughes had been quickest for most of the session but Game beat him right at the end. Game kept the lead at the in the first heat but Denis Gorman led for most of the way until it suddenly started raining and Game regained it.
In Heat 2, after the first lap the order was Gorman then John Pike and Jake Hughes then Tom Healy came up to 3rd, pushing Pike along which led to Gorman getting away. Healy took Pike and was running at the same pace as Gorman, while Pike went off after an altercation with Jonathan Davis which led to Davis being excluded. Gorman won, putting him in the lead after the two heats.
Gorman, who has already won the V Plate this year, started on pole next to previous V plate holder Healy. Game started 5th after his win but had oiled up on Sunday morning’s heat. The first final was held in the rain and Gorman led the first lap but Game was soon close, then took the lead at the corner named after him. Healy was next to attack Gorman and took 2nd. Gorman didn’t let him go but soon Edgar was right behind him.
Game pulled out a lead of a couple of seconds and Healy was also getting away in 2nd while Jason Edgar passed Gorman at the hairpin. Edgar was only ahead for a lap though as he made a mistake or hit a puddle and Gorman repassed. The battle continued as Edgar nearly passed Gorman again on the straight.
It wasn’t raining any more and Gorman was faster than Healy now, with Hughes also speeding up in 5th and then passing Scott Allen for 4th. Edgar had dropped back to 8th but the track was rapidly getting faster and he eventually took 6th.
On the last lap Hughes attacked Healy, passing him on the new section to take 3rd after starting 9th.
There was a false start then Game took the lead when they finally got going, with Hughes taking 2nd. While Gorman was attacking Hughes to regain a place Game was getting away. After successfully passing Hughes Gorman quickly reeled back in Game with a lot of the others just behind that and Hughes lost of to Healy. Gorman then took the lead at the hairpin and the three of them started to get away. Healy passed Game, again and the hairpin, which caused Gorman to get a slight gap.
Robert Shield was ballistic in the early stages, suddenly passing both Game and Healy. Game was never likely to let things stand and retook Shield at the hairpin – Healy tried too but didn’t make it. Game then tried again to close back up to Gorman.
Suddenly it became obvious that Davis was fastest, taking 3rd then Game at the hairpin. Davis had battled through from 9th to 2nd and had the pace to match Gorman at the end of the race but the other front runners had been faster at the start. Shield briefly retook Hughes and Healy on the penultimate lap then dropped back behind them. Hirst dropped out with brake issues after running 4th and setting the fastest lap.