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Orgee wins final Walter Hayes heat in three-way fight

Roger Orgee claimed the final win of the Walter Hayes Trophy heats after a close fight with Oliver White and Nico Gruber.

White started his Medina on pole but ran wide at Brooklands on the opening lap and fell down the order to seventh place.

This allowed Josh Smith (Van Diemen) to take the lead on the opening lap with Orgee (Spectrum), Gruber (Ray), and Team USA Scholarship driver Colin Mullan all jumping ahead of White.

Orgee took the lead after passing Smith, who missed a gear and continued to fall backwards to fifth. White had already moved back up the field, passing Gruber for fourth before both White and the Cliff Dempsey driver mugged Smith, demoting the FFord Festival winner to fifth.

Mullan (Ray) had run second late on but was passed by White, Gruber and Smith in the closing moments, the trio finishing second, third and fourth while Mullan fell to fifth place as they crossed the line.

Cameron Fenton (Van Diemen) was sixth after losing touch with the leading five drivers with Lewis Fox (Ray) and Classics winner Stephane Lemeret (Van Diemen RF92) finishing seventh and eighth respectively.

Mark de Rozarieux claimed the final automatic qualification to the semi-finals place by finishing ninth, ahead of fellow Van Diemen RF88 runner Andew Higginbottom in 10th.

Race results

Pos Class Driver Car Gap
1 Roger Orgee Spectrum 8 laps
2 Oliver White Medina +0.156
3 Nico Gruber Ray +0.329
4 Josh Smith Van Diemen +1.437
5 Colin Mullan Ray +1.657
6 Cameron Fenton Van Diemen +7.529
7 Lewis Fox Ray +7.996
8 C Stephane Lemeret Van Diemen +10.710
9 C Mark de Rozarieux Van Diemen +23.444
10 C Andew Higginbottom Van Diemen +26.082
11 C Paul Barnes Swift +26.424
12 James Harvey Ray +31.604
13 Matthew Gillbanks Swift +55.633
DNS Pascal Monbaron Van Diemen
DNS C Thomas Johansson Van Diemen
Fastest lap: White, 1:02.512

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