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Intermarque race report, Brands Hatch,7th November 2015

By Rod Birley

Intermarque The Avon Tyres intermarque had a reasonable turnout of 18 cars, with Colin Gomm a welcome returnee. On a damp, but not fully wet track, qualifying saw champion elect Malcolm Blackman on pole position with Steve Burrows alongside. Dave Brooks and Malcolm Harding formed row two, with Mike Thurley and Mark Fuller next up.

By the time of the first race, proper rain had started to fall. Blackman led away with Burrows hanging on for two corners before dropping back into second. A five car squabble ensued over third position with Brooks, Fuller, Simon Smith, Lewis Smith and Harding all in close company. Missing was Thurley who had spun off exiting Druids hairpin. As the race progressed Fuller eased through into third, whilst Lewis Smith had a couple of off course excursions culminating in a safety car intervention when he got stuck at Druids. Shortly after the re-start both Brooks and Simon Smith had an incident which dropped them out of contention. This meant that Harding took fourth, followed by Richard Smith, Philip Young, Reuben Taylor and Lee Griffiths. Chris Ayling and Brooks completed the top ten, which then saw the No.28 car of Ayling promoted to pole position for race two.

Intermarque In equally wet conditions, race two saw the front row slightly hesitant on the run to Paddock Bend. This allowed Richard Smith to burst through, but he ran wide at Druids. On the way down to Graham Hill Bend there was contact between Ayling and Burrows, which saw the Blockade Peugeot exit the race. Through all this popped Blackman who soon found he had handy lead. The safety car was deployed twice, once for Richard Smith’s errant Mercedes, which allowed the less fancied runners to maintain their higher starting positions. However, one driver who did make stunning progress was Ricky Hunn, who had started dead last. Ricky picked his way through to second place in an impressive showing for the Scrapco Corrado. This also earnt him the Creative Construction services senior award. Philip Young deservedly gained his first podium and the biggest smile of the day. Fuller drove well in fourth with Brooks close on his bumper. Harding had a consistent run into sixth with Taylor again seventh. Ayling recovered to eighth, followed by Thurley and John Steward.

The tyre winners were Hunn, Simon Smith, Brian Loram and Griffiths. Avon have agreed to support the championship again next year and they will be joined by at least one additional new sponsor. The championship is scheduled to start at the Easter truck meeting at Brands Hatch and will include the popular American speedfest in June. A trip to Mallory Park is also being planned, along with a return to Rockingham.

Next Race Meeting:

23rd September 2017
Brands Hatch (TinTops and Intermarque)

24th September 2017
Brands Hatch (QMS)

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Last Race Results

Quaife Modified Saloons:

1. Rod Birley
2. Malcolm Wise
3. Paul Adams
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Quaife / Cannons TinTops:

1. Dan Fisher
2. Rod Birley
3. Bob Hosier
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

1. Lewis Smith
2. Malcolm Blackman
3. Keith White
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2017 Championship Leaders:

Quaife Modified Saloons:

Rod Birley
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Quaife / Cannons TinTops:

Dan Fisher
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

Malcolm Blackman See full standings