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Quaife Cannons TinTops race report,
Brands Hatch, 17th September 2016

By Adam Grant
Photos: Gary Hawkins

TinTops The high temperatures earlier in the week gave way to a dull and very overcast day on Saturday. The Tin tops had a reasonable entry of 22 cars, with a few welcome additions. Dominic Ryan was back in a Ford Puma, as was Rod Birley (whilst the Bevan team try and sort the recalcitrant misfire in the Integra). Also joining in was Marcus Bicknell, swelling the Saxo ranks and joining his son Chris. Vince Wheeler was another returnee, but sadly he withdrew after qualifying with engine maladies as did Adrian Matthews.

Lining up in pole position would be Chris Bassett with an impressive time of 55.19 seconds. This was nearly half a second quicker than Chris Whiteman. Dan fisher headed row two with leading T1 runner Bob Hosier next to him. Daniel Adams was fifth, joined by late entry Graham Richardson. Mikey Day headed the T3 class in 7th, with Steve Everson alongside. Trevor Collar was 9th in his Honda, followed by the Renault Clio of James Alford. Ken Angell and Cliff Pellin rounded out the top 12.

TinTops The usual rolling start saw Whiteman lead lap one, but Bassett sneaked past to lead next time around. These two kept the battle going until lap nine when Bassett suddenly slowed and dropped back by over 7 seconds. This allowed Fisher into second spot, but then the blue Peugeot picked up again. It appeared to have an intermittent misfire which prevented the car from accelerating properly. Whiteman therefore cruised to a comfortable win with a delighted Fisher claiming the runner up spot. Bassett limped home third, with Adams just holding off Richardson. Hosier lost the T1 class lead when a driveshaft appeared to fail. He was joined on the infield at Clearways by Kelly Dann who spun and stalled her VW Golf. Angell worked his way up to sixth overall, and bagged the T1 class, holding off the marauding Saxo of Day. Collar was the Honda meat in a Saxo sandwich as Everson chased him home in ninth. Forbes completed the top ten, once he found a way past the TP protagonists, namely Pellin and Birley. Ryan was 13th, followed by Bicknell the younger beating Bicknell the elder. Gideon September completed the finishers after Alford retired.

TinTops Race two saw Fisher make the best start, and he led for the first two laps. Whiteman hit the front on lap 3 but Fisher made sure it was not easy. Bassett clung onto to third, but again all was not well with the French car. By lap 7 he had slipped behind Adams and Richardson, and gradually he slipped down the order eventually finishing a lap behind in 14th. Meanwhile Whiteman shook off Fisher and took his second win by just over ten seconds. The battle for third culminated in an incident going into Surtees as Richardson took a lunge at Adams. The Honda came off worst as the Proton scrambled back to take third. Angell slipped by into fourth, with Collar just getting fifth from the recovering Richardson. Day again took T3 honours but only by 0.443 of a second. Forbes came home ninth and won driver of the day (he changed a clutch between races), with a fast closing Alford in tenth. Pellin just had the measure of Birley for TP honours, whilst the other Puma of Ryan chased Rod hard for the entire race. Dominic winning the best prepared car award. Behind Bassett, came the Bicknell family (son in front of father again) with September and Kelly Dann completing the finishers. There were no retirements.

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