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Meeting report, Brands Hatch GP, 5th August 2018

By Adam Grant
Photos: Ben Harris

Brands Hatch GP After a long summer break the modified saloons and tin tops were back in action at Brands Hatch, but this time on the Grand Prix circuit. The modified saloons had a somewhat depleted entry due to various reasons, with late cancellations by Steve Dann and Gary Cole. The tin tops had a better turnout, with several drivers keen to attack the longer circuit.

Brands Hatch GP Qualifying took place in very hot conditions, which probably caused more dramas than usual. Martyn Scott was unable to start his car, whilst Malcolm Wise suffered terminal gearbox failure and Bob Hosier ground to halt on the GP loop. Alex Sidwell had a chronic misfire with the Holden, which meant he missed the first race. Meanwhile Rod Birley secured pole position 4.5 seconds quicker than Tony Skelton (Renault Clio). In the tin tops Dan Fisher was top (and sixth overall) from Bradley Lane, both in Honda Civics.

With only a short time before the first race, it was quite hectic getting cars ready. On the way to the grid Skelton’s engine shed its oil pump belt, so he did not start, whilst also missing were Hosier, Wise and Sidwell. Martyn Scott’s miserable day continued as he did not even complete one lap.

Brands Hatch GP Birley led away and pulled out a fair size gap, until a turbo hose blew off. This allowed the BMWs of Adrian Bradley and David Cowan to quickly catch up and sweep past. By now there were a number of retirements including Paul Eve and Sean Fairweather (both with overheating engines), Ben Forbes, Dan Fisher (oil leak), Vic Hope and Kevin Palmer. Gideon September (back in Colin Tester’s Ford Puma) found the gravel trap at Clearways. So Bradley took the outright win and maintained his championship lead. Cowan was a worthy second with Birley limping home third. Brad Lane took tin top honours (and class T2) from the battling T3 duo of Adrian Matthews and Kamran Tunio. Alfie Brooker had to give best to Mikey Day, but still won the T1 class to boost his championship challenge. Rikki Taylor was a bit subdued with tyre issues, but still maintains his overall lead. Terry Waller was best of the trio of TP runners.

Brands Hatch GP Race two, which was at the end of the day, allowed several people more time to fettle their vehicles. A welcome addition being the mighty Holden V8. From third on the grid Birley had the lead by Druids and proceeded to pull out a reasonable lead. However, Sidwell was on a charge and when the black Escort WRC faltered with an electrical issue, he soon pounced. Birley tried in vain to hang on, but had to settle for second place and another class win. Bradley again got the better of Cowan to complete the podium.

Brands Hatch GP In the tin tops Fisher tore through to make amends for his earlier problems and take the win. Lane kept second spot, but only just from the battling Matthews and Tunio. Taylor got the better of Day and Alfie Brooker, who had Eve for company as the Escort slipped back with issues. Brooker again won T1, whilst September triumphed in TP with the absence of Waller.

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Last Race Results

Modified Saloon Car:

1. Rod Birley
2. Steve Rothery
3. Malcolm Wise
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TinTop:

1. Kamran Tunio
2. Kevin Palmer
3. Steve Everson
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Intermarque:

1. Steve Burrows
2. CHris Brockhurst
3. Lewis Smith
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2018 Championship Winners (Provisional):

BARC SEC Modified Saloon Car:

Adrian Bradley
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BARC SEC TinTop:

Rikki Taylor
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

Lewis Smith
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