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Meeting report, Brands Hatch, 9th-10th June 2018

By Adam Grant
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

Modified Saloon and TinTop The modified saloons and tin tops were combined for two races at the popular American speedfest meeting. The first encounter counted for both championships, whereas the second race on Sunday was a non-championship affair.

Qualifying saw the smart blue Holden Commodore of Alex Sidwell annex pole position, with Malcom Wise lining up alongside. Rod Birley took third spot with David Cowan completing the second row. Tony Skelton had qualified fourth, but was relegated to the back of the first grid due to passing under waved yellow flags. In the tin top section Dan Fisher had successfully re-shelled his Honda Civic and he was quickest from Jonathan Bevan. The T3 cars of Adrian Matthews and Rikki Taylor occupied the next row.

Modified Saloon and TinTop From the rolling start Sidwell snatched the lead with Birley following into second spot. With wise holding station in third these three soon eased away. By lap five Skelton was up to fourth, albeit 8 seconds adrift. Cowan led the BMW brigade in fifth, until on lap 7 there was slight contact between Bradley and Turner going through Graham Hill bend. The unfortunate Turner rolled as his BMW clipped the kerb, and this prompted a safety car intervention. Although shaken Matt was unharmed, as he waved to the crowd and the other drivers. On the re-start Birley pressured Sidwell until an electrical fault slowed his progress. In the end Alex won by just over three seconds, as Birley had to fend off Wise. Skelton was fourth with Cowan next winning class C. A charging Bill Richards nipped past championship leader Adrian Bradley, and took class D honours.

In the tin top race Dan Fisher led all the way, as Matthews battled past Bevan for the runner up spot. Taylor harried Matthews initially, but had to be content with fourth on this occasion. Alfie Brooker was best in the T1 class, as his father non-started due to clutch issues. Gideon September returned in his Mitsubishi Mirage to claim the TP class.

Modified Saloon and TinTop Sunday’s race fell a bit flat as several drivers elected to give it a miss. Again Sidwell led away, but Birley looked to be staying a lot closer. However, on lap four the black Escort coasted into the pit lane with a broken accelerator cable. It was left to Wise to see if he could mount a challenge, but his effort failed along with a broken front hub on lap 13. So Sidwell cruised to a comfortable win, with Cowan coming home second. Bradley completed the podium. Sean Fairweather got the better of Steve Rothery for class D honours, as Mark Cripps completed the modified runners.

Fisher again dominated the tin tops group, with Matthews giving chase in second. Dave Hutchins had a good battle with Alfie Brooker for third, which went to the Honda driver. Danny Brooker fixed his Vauxhall Astra to take second in T1 behind his son.

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Last Race Results

Modified Saloon Car:

1. Rod Birley
2. Steve Rothery
3. Malcolm Wise
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1. Kamran Tunio
2. Kevin Palmer
3. Steve Everson
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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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Rikki Taylor
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

Lewis Smith
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