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Quaife / Cannons TinTops Championship race report,
Brands Hatch, 26th March 2016

By Adam Grant
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

Cannons TinTops The 2016 season kicked off at Brands Hatch with the Quaife/Cannons Tin tops taking to the Indy circuit first. After overnight rain the track was still very slippery and so it played into the hands of one person who seems to guess these conditions just right. Step forward Rod Birley who planted the Bevan owned Honda Integra on pole position by 2.3 seconds from T3 front runner Mikey Day in his Citroen Saxo. With Birley running an unfamiliar number 100 on the white Integra, in recognition of legendary engine builder George Bevan, who would have been 100 this year. Lining up third was Chris Bassett, followed by Chris Whiteman, T1 quickest Peter Osborne, then Ben Forbes, Cliff Pellin and James Alford. Rounding out the top ten were the Honda Civics of Dan Fisher and Graham Richardson.

Cannons TinTops From the rolling start Birley just held the lead going up the hill towards Druids. Bassett quickly got past Day and tried a move around the outside of Birley. The two briefly clashed but Bassett edged alongside going into Surtees only to luridly spin across the grass. So Birley was still in front, but with Whiteman snapping at his heels. On lap three Whiteman powered into the lead and started to edge clear. On lap seven Bob Hosier emerged from the pits after a brief stop, but refused to yield to Birley who was a lap ahead. This allowed Whiteman to build up a healthy lead as the two West Kingsdown residents squabbled. When Birley did get past he found that Bassett had closed up quite dramatically. This resulted in a close battle for second which Birley just held onto, as Whiteman won by over 13 seconds.

Into fourth spot came the T1 winner and former champion Peter Osborne in his Vauxhall Astra, who just had the measure of Graham Richardson. Sixth went to an impressive T3 class winner, namely Mikey Day, from an exuberant Dan Fisher. The meat in a Saxo sandwich was Ken Angell, finishing just behind Steve Everson and just in front of Ben Forbes. Cliff Pellin was next, winning the TP class. Well done to lady racer Kelly Dann who successfully completed her first ever race.

Cannons TinTops The second race saw an audacious move by Rod Birley, who went around the outside of Chris Whiteman going into Paddock Bend. However, Chris soon reclaimed the lead as they streamed onto Brabham straight. On lap three the white Honda Civic suddenly slewed sideways going into Surtees and Whiteman spun. Birley then held the lead, although a lap later the safety car appeared after Hosier slammed into the tyre wall at Paddock bend. On the re-start Birley kept his lead despite intense pressure from Bassett as the leading Honda developed a misfire. Whiteman charged back to third, but was penalised for overtaking Searles too soon on the re-start. The ensuing added time dropped him back to fifth, behind Osborne and Searles. Richardson eventually got the better of Day for sixth, although Mikey took T3 honours again. Angell overtook Everson for eighth, with Vic Hope coming home tenth. Pellin again won the TP class, whilst Fisher was dropped from 15th to 24th as he received a similar penalty to Whiteman.

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