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Weekend Round Up

Brands Hatch 25-26 July 2015 report by Adam Grant
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

Cannons TinTops The South East centre provided six entertaining races for the HQ run meeting at Brands Hatch on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cannons Tin tops opened proceedings with Barnaby Davies quickly stamping his authority on proceedings. The T1 driver won both races by a reasonably comfortable margin. In the first encounter he saw off the challenges from Tom Bridger and Chris Whiteman, whilst further back there was an entertaining scrap between former champion Peter Osborne and Rod Birley in the Bevan owned Honda Integra. These two had to dispose of the rapid class TP Fiesta of Cliff Pellin, who then came under pressure from class rival Dan Adams. Carey Lewis had his Honda Civic watching the action from eighth spot, with class T3 front runner Dominic Ryan keeping ahead of the horde of of Citroen Saxos led by Ryan Steel. Sadly on the first lap we lost Robert Farndon into the Paddock Hill gravel trap and this sparked a chain reaction which eliminated Lewis Turner, Ben Forbes and Ben Wilson.

Race two featured the same trio battling for the lead with Bridger making the best start and leading for a lap before Davies slipped by. Things stagnated until Whiteman pulled off with transmission issues, so the battling Osborne and Birley now had a podium spot at stake. The turbo charged Vauxhall just had enough grunt to keep the more nimble Honda at bay, although Birley’s T2 victory was well received by the car owner. Pellin had a good run to fifth overall with Lewis a constant shadow all the way. Andy Baker avoided turning off his ignition switch this time and steered his Peugeot 205 into seventh spot. Adams claimed eighth in his Proton, with Ryan Steel heading the T3 pack pursued by Mikey Day and Steve Everson. Dominic Ryan fell back to fifth in class this time after an incident on lap nine.

The Mark Fish driver of the race awards went to Peter Osborne and Terry Waller, whilst the Honda Integra driven by Rod Birley received the best prepared car award.

Sevenesque The Sevenesque series were joined by a large group of allcomers, most of whom were competing in other races. By and large they were using these races as extra track time, so it was no surprise that some only did one race. Never the less it certainly produced a pair of entertaining races. The first encounter saw Rob Singleton lead away with team mate Colin Watson in hot pursuit, Colin edging past on lap three. On their tails were Rod Birley, this time in his Escort WRC, and Paul Adams in his silhouette Mercedes squabbling over third position. Twice the black Escort drew ahead over the start/finish line only for the much lighter Mercedes to nip past under braking for Paddock Bend. These two were then joined by Christian Pittard and Graham Charman in their Caterhams. Pittard soon picked his way through and by lap 14 he took the lead. However, on the very next lap he pulled off at Graham Hill bend, and left the Boss racing pair to renew their lead battle. Watson took the flag by just over half a second from Singleton. Charman came home third with Adams and Birley close behind. Barny Davies took an impressive sixth, holding off Andy Thompson’s Seat Toledo and Rob Grant’s Caterham. Peter Hargroves and Matt Turner completed the top ten.

The second race saw a much depleted field as several of the allcomers were now busy with their championship races. Birley’s Escort had an intercooler leak, so his team were busy fixing this. Again the Boss duo set off at a cracking pace, with Adams and Charman in close company. Storming through from the back of the grid was Pittard, who appeared in fifth by lap three. From here on it was great entertainment as these five put on a fantastic race. Singleton lead this time until lap 13 when Watson squeezed past, just as Pittard slipped into third. It looked as though the Boss boys had it all under control, but somehow Christian sneaked through on the run to the chequered flag to take a stunning victory. Watson claimed second, with Singleton third, Adams fourth and Charman fifth. All five were covered by less than three seconds. Sixth place went to Andy Thomson who held off the Caterhams of Hargroves and Grant. Matt Turner took ninth in his BMW, from Horton’s Caterham and Rothery’s Clio.

Motorsport News Saloons The Motorsport News saloon races were held on Sunday, which meant they had the worst weather as it rained all day. The qualifying became quite amusing as some rather unusual lap times appeared on the screens. When these were corrected Malcolm Wise took pole position with Birley alongside. However, by the start of the first race Wise was missing as his propshaft had broken. Even though Rod had lent Malcolm his spare unit, it did not quite fit initially. So the black Escort led away with Ian Butler slotting into second. Up to third came Tom Knight in his potent class B BMW, which was coping well on the very slippery track. Right on Tom’s tail was veteran Tony Skelton having an impressive run in his Clio. Steve Dann held fifth from Gavin Thomson, although Steve Rothery was on the move in his new Renault Clio and he soon passed this pair.

Meanwhile Knight overtook Butler for second and was holding onto Birley well. On lap six the safety car appeared, as Andy Pipe was stranded in the Paddock Bend gravel trap following a brush with John Cross. On the re-start Birley kept Knight at arms length, although the margin of victory was only 1.5 seconds. Butler was just half a second back in third, with Skelton a delighted fourth. Rothery claimed class D honours in fifth, with class C winner Dave Charlton in sixth. Thomson, Dan Cowan, Dann and Banham completed the top ten, with Gary Cole taking class E in his Citroen. The second race saw Wise join in at the back of the grid, but missing were Gavin Thomson, Marcus Bicknell and Dan Palmer. Again Birley controlled the start well as he edged clear of Knight and Butler. Although these three stayed close together, fourth place Skelton had already retired when his Renault stopped just before Druids hairpin. Charlton then appeared in fourth, but was soon demoted by Rothery, as Dave was nursing a recalcitrant clutch. Two laps later a charging Wise then overtook the black Clio, and despite setting the fastest lap of the race Malcolm had to settle for fourth and the driver of the race award. With the first six positions fairly settled, the battle for seventh hotted up, as class A runners Cowan and Banham hustled Dann’s VW Golf. Eventually the bigger cars took 7th (Cowan) and 8th (Banham) as Dann slipped back to ninth. Pipe came through well to take tenth and the class E victory. Cripps, Scott and Turner did plenty of drifting in their BMWS to finish in the next three positions, with Fairweather 14th and taking the best prepared car award. Bill Richards, Nick Proudlock and Cole completed the finishers.

Next Race Meeting:

18th-19th November 2017
Brands Hatch
QMN and TinTops Non-Championship

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Last Race Results

Quaife Modified Saloons:

1. Andy Banham
2. Graham Crowhurst
3. Matthew Turner
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Quaife / Cannons TinTops:

1. Rod Birley
2. Dan Fisher
3. James J.J. Ross
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Scrapco / Avon Intermarque:

1. Malcolm Blackman
2. Matt Simpson
3. Daniel Smith
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2017 Champions (Provisional):

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