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Quaife Cannons TinTops Championship and
Quaife Motorsport News Saloons Championship race report,
Brands Hatch, 30th April - 1st May 2016

By Adam Grant
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

TinTops The annual MG car club visit to Brands Hatch also included two of our championships. On Saturday it was the turn of the Quaife/Cannons Tin tops and a reasonable grid of 21 cars took to the track. The qualifying session turned into a three way battle as Bassett, Whiteman and Birley all vied for pole position. In the end they lined up in this order with the blue Peugeot just edging it by 0.050 of a second. Birley was a mere 0.18 0f a second further back. Taking fourth spot was the improving Dan Fisher in his Honda, with leading T1 runner Peter Osborne in fifth. Adams, Searles and Richardson had the next three places with Steve Everson the leading T3 runner in ninth. Mikey Day completed the top ten.

TinTops Race one saw Whiteman power into the lead from the rolling start, with Bassett just holding off Birley. These three soon edged clear of Osborne who had Adams on his heels, as Fisher slipped back to sixth. On lap two Birley slip streamed past Bassett, but the nimble Peugeot squeezed back through going into Paddock Bend. Lap six saw Birley repeated the move, only for the same outcome at Paddock. However, the white Integra suddenly fell back as a chronic misfire set in, which meant there were only two likely winners from now on. Whiteman seemed to have it all under control, until lap ten when Bassett squeezed past. Over the next three laps the Honda Civic was no more than a couple of car lengths behind and a close finish was on the cards. Sadly the race was red flagged when Phil Usher parked his Ford Focus on Cooper straight. So Bassett was declared the winner, with Whiteman second and Osborne third. Adams held off a recovering Fisher for fourth, as Searles came in sixth. Day had a tremendous battle with Everson for T3 honours, the margin being 0.327 of a second. Richardson took ninth spot with Hargreaves completing the top ten. Ashley had been battling with Ken Angell until the green BMWs engine went sick.

TinTops Just before the second race there was a short but heavy rain shower. This made tyre choice a bit difficult, but everyone except Angell lined up. With Birley starting at the rear of the grid, it was down to Bassett and Whiteman to battle for the lead. However, the damp conditions seemed to benefit the Peugeot 205 as Bassett led every lap. Searles held second initially until he started to fall back. By lap five Bassett had a seven second lead, so all eyes focused on Birley as he was carving his way through the field. From 18th on the grid he was tenth by the end of lap one. By lap four he was up to sixth and setting the fastest lap of the race. On lap seven he got past Osborne at Druids and inside Searles coming out of Clearways. A podium position looked on the cards as Rod hunted down Adams. Unfortunately the race was again prematurely stopped, but this time it was due to the curfew time which was fast approaching. So Bassett took his second win, with Whiteman second and Adams just third from Birley. Osborne secured fifth and T1 honours with Searles sixth. Day again edged out Everson for T3 victory as Farndon broke the Saxo monopoly to take third in class with his VW Golf. Richardson was ninth overall. Hargreaves won the best prepared car award, whilst Birley received the driver of the day bubbly.

QMN Saloons On Sunday it was the turn of the Quaife/Motorsport News modified saloons. Qualifying saw another three way tussle for pole position with Rod Birley just getting the nod from Dale Gent and Malcolm Wise. Lining up in fourth spot was former champion Gavin Thomson in the Redline Tuning Seat, with Steve Dann fifth in his rather smokey VW Golf. Sixth was Andy Banham, with Graham Crowhurst heading class B, and another BMW driven by Laurie Grant the fastest class C runner. With no starters in class D, it was down to Andy Pipe to head class E.

QM Saloons Race one was expected to be a close fight between Gent and Birley, but in reality the Subaru powered into the lead going up Paddock Hill and pulled away at an impressive rate. With lap times in the 49 seconds Gent edged clear by over half a second per lap. By lap ten the margin was over five seconds, but then it remained static as Dale eased off. Wise chased Birley in the first few laps until he also lost touch. Likewise Thomson was fairly lonely in fourth. Tony Skelton upped his pace to move into fifth and secure another class B win, as Banham steered his Subaru into sixth, being lapped by Gent’s version near the end. Dann slipped back to eighth behind Crowhurst’s BMW. Grant took class C honours from JJ Ross, with Pipe claiming class E.

Race two was a similar affair, although Birley did press Gent hard over the first four laps. Once again the Subaru had the measure over the Ford and the winning margin was even bigger at 10.4 seconds. Birley had a noisy transmission which let go as he past the chequered flag, such had been the pace. Wise settled for third as his transmission was also making odd noises. Thomson, Skelton, Banham and Crowhurst finished in the same order. Once Dann retired it moved Grant into eighth with Ross a bit closer in ninth. Charlton completed the top ten, as Pipe won class E. Crowhurst won best prepared car and Jaime Vanns got driver of the race with his Renault Clio.

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