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TinTops race report, Brands Hatch, 25th May 2015

By Rod Birley

TinTops The Tin top numbers continue to grow, with several new additions. In T1 Bob Hosier brought out his Seat and was joined by the Ford Focus RS of Reece Jones. In T3 the influx of Citroen Saxos continues with Steve Everson, Ryan Steel, Ben Forbes and Matt Ellis all swelling the ranks. Gordon Cooper has switched to class TP along with Adrian Matthews.

Qualifying saw the previous round front runners (Whiteman and Bridger) usurped by Hosier, who was the only driver to beat the 55 second barrier. Bridger took the outside front row slot, with Whiteman lining up third. Reece Jones looked quick in his Ford Focus despite only completing five laps, and he took the fourth slot. Searles and Adams lined up on row three, with Farndon, Turner (quickest T3 runner), Gardner and Steel completing the top ten.

TinTops The rolling start saw drama immediately as Hosier’s Seat failed to gain speed once the lights went out. As Bob crawled through Paddock Bend somehow everyone missed him. Meanwhile Whiteman had muscled through into the lead, but Bridger quickly fought back to head the pack at the end of lap one. Jones held third with Searles fourth. As Hosier tumbled to 18th then suddenly his engine sparked into life and appeared to be OK again. Meanwhile Barnaby Davies was making good progress from 15th to take fourth spot by the end of lap two. A tense battle for T3 honours was already shaping up between Gardner, Turner and Steel.

TinTops On lap four Jones pulled off coming out of Druids, as Davies moved into second position. Searles was now third, but under pressure from Farndon and TP class leader Adams. Osborne was sixth from a rapidly recovering Hosier and a slowing Whiteman. The Honda Civic was suffering from a slipping clutch and was the next retirement. At the front Davies closed in on Bridger, but was unable to find a way past the Brenchley driver. Hosier clawed his way onto the podium in third, as Searles held off a determined Farndon. The VW Golf had a wayward last lap going through Clearways which allowed Adams to snatch sixth overall. The T3 battle continued all the way to the chequered flag, as defending champion Gardiner took his first class win of the year. Steel and Turner completed the top ten, with Pellin taking 11th and Forbes 12th.

TinTops The second race was without Jones and Whiteman, and again Hosier appeared to be slightly slower away than his colleagues. Davies hit the front immediately and pushed his turbo Starlet into a small lead. Bridger seemed unable to respond and gradually slipped away, especially when they started to lap the slower cars. Osborne powered his Vauxhall into third and had a race long battle with Hosier’s Seat. At one stage they did touch at Druids, but both continued at unabated speed. In the end Osborne came out on top. Searles managed to get away from Farndon this time, but had Adams for close company throughout the 17 laps. The T3 boys were battling amongst themselves again, and were joined by Pellin and Farndon. In the end Ryan Steel took the class honours this time, with Gardiner second and Turner third. Michael Day rounded out the top dozen, followed by Taylor, Forbes, Cooper, Packham (best prepared car), Matthews, Brown and Wilson. The driver of the day went to Peter Osborne.

The next meeting at Lydden Hill on June 20/21 is a triple header, so there will be plenty of points to be gained.

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