Kevin Mills Racing’s Michael Moyers continued his strong Walter Hayes Trophy defence by winning an increasingly wet opening semi-final which was interrupted by a red flag.
Moyers led the entire distance in his Spectrum even though the race was halted after seven laps, when Vincent Jay’s Ray left the track at Maggotts.
This led to a four-lap sprint after the restart to the finish. The race was run in drizzly conditions, which intensified entering the latter stages.
Moyers finished 1.2 seconds ahead of Kevin Mills runner Jordan Dempsey, who climbed to finish second having started 12th after a late collision with Matt Cowley in his heat.
Walter Hayes debutant James Clarke of Cliff Dempsey Racing continued to impress by finishing third in his Ray, 2.3s off Moyers.
Team Dolan’s Matt Cowley was another to make a strong recovery in this race, in his case having qualified for it via the Last Chance race, to finish fourth in his Van Diemen just behind Clarke.
Chris Middlehurst finished fifth in his Van Diemen, Dempsey being left unhappy with Middlehurst squeezing him against the pitwall as they’d earlier battled for position.
Michael Eastwell, another Kevin Mills runner, ran in second early on after passing Felix Fisher at Becketts, then Middlehurst on the outside on Brooklands on lap one.
But Eastwell then dropped down the order from mid-distance when the plugs came undone in his engine, finishing 12th.
TM Racing’s Fisher had even worse luck, his Ray being wheeled off the grid before the restart
Oldfield Motorsport’s Stuart Gough also didn’t make the finish, leaving the track at Maggotts after contact with Luke Cooper’s Swift. Cooper finished seventh and has been struggling this weekend with a down-on-power borrowed engine.
Having been involved in the incident with Cooper and Gough, Fisher – who had suffered side-pod and exhaust damage – then pulled up with an electrical issue, forcing him out of the race.
The top 18 finishers progress to the Grand Final and Conor Murphy in his Mondiale M89S took the last slot, by less than half a second from Rick Morris’s Royale RP29.
|1||Michael Moyers||Spectrum||4 laps|
|4||Matthew Cowley||Van Diemen||+2.416|
|5||Chris Middlehurst||Van Diemen||+2.759|
|8||David McCullough||Van Diemen||+4.398|
|9||Ivor McCullough||Van Diemen||+5.684|
|10||C||Doug Crosbie||Van Diemen||+8.093|
|14||C||Klaus Dieter Haeckel||Van Diemen||+17.799|
|15||H||Mark Armstrong||Van Diemen||+18.093|
|17||George McDonald||Van Diemen||+19.175|
|20||C||Thomas Johansson||Van Diemen||+21.607|
|21||Nigel Dolan||Van Diemen||+22.885|
|23||Derek Daly||Van Diemen||+24.932|
|25||C||Andrew Higginbottom||Van Diemen||+31.496|
|27||C||Peter Daly||Van Diemen||+32.290|
|28||C||Arnaud Tsamere||Van Diemen||+34.514|
|29||Ross Howe||Van Diemen||+35.012|
|30||Neil Tofts||Van Diemen||+43.354|
|Fastest lap: Moyers, 1:09.836|