Toby secures a double podium his first time out at Donington Park

Donington Park has long been one of Toby’s favourite circuits on the sim and that translated perfectly into a weekend of successes.


Testing was a chance for Toby to live out his dreams of driving through some of Donington Park’s famous corners, including the formidable Craner Curves. He says: “I was absolutely flat going into Craner’s for the first time. It was a little messy but this corner is insane! Grinning ear-to-ear, I composed myself to finish the lap for another go. It reminded me of a rollercoaster ride but this one was even better, I got to steer this one!”


Testing gave Toby a great sense of the track and a good benchmark for where he could improve on race day.


Early on Saturday, Toby lined up for qualifying and by his third lap, he’d already beaten his best time from testing. He fired out a succession of quick laps finishing with a 1:55.23, which put him in P2, just 0.06 seconds off the leader.


Lining up on the front row of the grid for race one and Toby was determined to beat championship contender, Mark Samson, in P1 off the line and into the first corner. Toby says: “With an almighty launch I sent it in, it stuck and we were P1 leading the race! I soon calmed into my rhythm while the carnage unfolded behind me.”


Toby was overtaken by Mike Kidson and then fell into a race-long battle with Harry Mangion, swapping places lap-after-lap. When the chequered flag dropped, Toby came out on top, taking P2 — his first podium on his third ever race weekend.


Once again starting from the front, race two got off to a hectic start but Toby soon found his rhythm with a consistent pace as he managed his tyres in P2. A late-race overtake from Craig Cornick, after a prolonged battle, put Toby down in third for the end of the race. Another podium finish.


Toby says: “It would have been nice for another second but an additional podium with big points is definitely something to be proud of.”


But the excitement didn’t stop there for Toby, as he explains: “I was so thrilled to be on the podium that I had completely written off the idea of winning driver of the weekend, my name was mentioned and the penny didn't actually drop. Not until I turned to face the crowd and was greeted with a lady holding the glass trophy for me. I’d won the Sunoco Driver of the weekend!”


From haver having driven Donington to picking up two podiums and driver of the weekend, this was Toby’s best result yet.