Round one of the forces motorsport challenge has taken place at Donington Park in Leicestershire.

This year has produced the biggest entry ever as more and more servicemen are getting into motor racing.

More than 30 cars were on the grid at Donington Park for the first round of the championship.

In just a few years this competition designed to give affordable motorsport opportunities to service personnel of all standards in all sorts of cars has mushroomed. 

For experienced and novice drivers alike there’s a mutual respect, but a competitive edge once the race begins.

This year brought out many newcomers, swelling the grid to 18 rows including the Army’s Ro Barrett, who admitted to being slightly nervous at his first outing.

Fastest in qualifying was the RAF’s Darren Berris in his Westfield V8, chased all the way by Richard Evans’ BMW M3, who sets the fastest lap.

The race came to a sudden and premature end when coming out of Redgate he touched some gravel and skidded off into the barrier.

After the 45-minute race, RAF Squadron leader emerged as track winner, with Andy Ebdon in a Caterham second and the Army’s Darren Smee third in his Honda Integra.

Round two next month is at Silverstone, the third leg at Cadwell Park in July and the last event is at Rockingham in September with more thrills and spills guaranteed.