Silverstone – Round 4 Race Report

Carvell keeps it clean to take first win


Rob Carvell claimed a long-awaited first Gaz Shocks 116 Trophy victory with a quick and immaculate run driving solo at Silverstone. And “immaculate” was important, as track-limits penalties were regular for Carvell’s rivals in this 90-minute contest. This included Sam Yates and Mark Sullivan’s 116, which led from pole and in the final stint, Yates closed in and passed Carvell for first on the road. However, by now, Yates had a track-limits drive-through penalty to serve, then was disqualified for the same offence.


Carvell told Motorsport News: “There was a decision I had to make very early on to keep the car very tidy and very neat, and avoid going off the track limits, and that proved to be a really good decision. “We had probably three second-place finishes and a couple of thirds [before], and this felt like it was just going to be, it felt like the right day. “I had really good radio messaging from the team so I knew all about the penalties that every car was getting. I let Sam through.”

Yates told MN: “When you come through the last corner it was very difficult to see on the pitwall where they were holding the [penalty] board out. None of the guys [in the team] knew what was going on.” Chris and Jack Godden also had a clean run to finish second, while British Touring Car champion Tim Harvey with son Jamie ran competitively on debut and were third home, but dropped to sixth via dreaded track-limit penalties.

Race report courtesy of Motorsport News
Photos courtesy of Robert Willsmore

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