Brands Hatch success at the double for Dave

Racing driver Dave Hemingway with the team of students who prepared his car.
Racing driver Dave Hemingway with the team of students who prepared his car.

South Elmsall racing car driver Dave Hemingway was able to celebrate a double success after terrific performances in his class at the famous Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

Wakefield Motor Club member Dave Hemingway secured double race victories driving a Toyota MR2, affectionately known as ‘Daphne’, which was prepared by Barnsley College Motorsports students, William Rose, Adam Marshal, Nichole Hargroves, Kieran Lodwick and Jack Smith, who are all studying a Level 3 extended diploma in motorsports.

The project was overseen by motorsports course leader Matthew Coggins, who was once employed at the Ford World Rally Team as a technician.

Hemingway races in the Track Attack MR2 single make racing series where only Mk1 Toyota MR2s are allowed, placing the emphasis on the driver and car set up.

The cars are kept as close to production specification as possible apart from safety and reliability features. It is a series where major and costly performance enhancements are banned.

Hemingway qualified second, only one tenth of a second off pole position, and resisted huge pressure during both races, but showed great mettle to claim his maiden victory and the college’s first win after only two race events.

Dave’s back to back race wins capitalised on a double class win the previous day in the Nippon Challenge

Dave Hemingway, a company director of Nouveau Beauty Group, is a previous ‘RAC’ (Roger Albert Clark) class winning rally driver who started circuit racing in 2009.

He said: ‘I am thrilled to claim my first victory in this new car, the students have worked tirelessly to give me the best technical advantage and delivered a race winning package.

“They should be proud of their achievement.”

Matthew Coggins said: ‘The students have worked really hard to give Dave the best car on the grid, he rewarded all their hard work with a faultless drive.

“The victory is down to the students’ hard work. I think history has been made this weekend, that of the first college in England to have won a motor race.”