Bumper Brands Grids for 750MC Meeting
Action packed Brands Hatch meeting held in glorious conditions..
You would be forgiven if you had forgotten only a few weeks ago the ‘beast from the east’ cancelled proceedings. As the 750 Motor Club arrived at Brands Hatch the temperature was some 26c warmer.
Demon Tweeks / Yokohama Locost Championship had fantastic entries of 47 meaning the racers were split into 3 groups.
The first race Mark Burton started from pole position, from the lights going out a battle involving 11 cars began. Jack Coveney and Ian Allee traded places at the front until contact with Mark Burton led Ian to spin. Ben Powney dived up the inside at paddock hill on the final lap giving him victory in race 1, Jack Coveney finished 2nd and Mark Burton rounded off the podium in 3rd. Tim Penstone- Smith was in 12th for the first few laps before making some great moves to finish 5th.
In the 2nd locost race of the day, it had no less than four leaders at various stages. Ben Powney once again worked his way to the front after passing Ian Allee he went on to win by 5.97 seconds. There was a close finish for 2nd and 3rd with Allee and West separated by 0.06second!
The final locost race was contested as the sun was getting ever lower in the sky, the battle for the lead involved 10 cars with it all getting very close, Mark Burton took the win by the narrowest of margins 0.03second, from Martin West. Tim Penstone-Smith was running as high as 3rd with the pack so close together, Tim went into paddock hill and slid off into the gravel he did go on and recover to 10th place. Tim Neat completed the podium after holding off Tom Gadd.
The first Protech Sports Specials race was red flagged half way through, a short restart led to Clive Hudson swapped the lead with several drivers until coming out on top to win. Martin Buckland won the class B honours beating Leighton Norris.
The second race was won by Matthew Booth due to Clive Hudsons throttle sticking open and sending him into the gravel at clearways. Lee Emm swapped his Locost 7 for a Locost in sport speicals this weekend and came away with a class win, Stewart Mutch claimed class c honours.
Heritage Parts Formula Vee saw reigning champion Ben Miloudi make a one off appearance, he began the race on pole battling with Craig Pollard, Ben tangled with a back marker causing the nose cone to collapse. This left Graham Gant and Danny Hands to battle for the lead. Gant won from Hands, with James Harridge winning class B having come from the back of the field.
The second race saw the battle resume with Miloudi and Pollard, trading places before a red flag was thrown to recover a couple of cars. The short restart of just 3 laps saw Ben Miloudi win from Pollard. Again Harridge claimed top honours in class B.
The Hot Hatch looked to be Ben Rushworths to win, however after building a 7 second lead in the first race, it was red flagged after a 3 car pile up at clearways, upon the restart Ben couldn’t get his Honda to fire up resulting in a pit lane start. Alistair Camp held off Steve Sawley to win with Rodren Vella winning class B honours and Mac McCarthy producing a superb drive to beat Michael Winkworth by 0.25 sec in his Fiesta.
The second race didn’t see Ben start the race, this led to Camp and Sawley trading places until the latter slowed and retired on lap 7. Martin Ward was running 2nd overall when he missed a couple of gears allowing Jon Peerless and Rodren Vella through. Ward still took 2nd in class ahead of Phil Wright. Winkworth won class c in only his 2nd car race after overtaking race one winner McCarthy on the outside of druids.
RGB got there season underway with Chippy Wesemael continuing his qualifying form from Donington and putting his Mitell on pole. Paul Smith in the other Mittell led the initial laps until problems causing him to spin and later retire promoted Billy Albone to take victory. Chippy suffered gear problems but still brought it home 3rd, this promoted Daniel Larner to a career best finish of 2nd i this Mittell.
The second ‘endurace’ race was again won by Billy he did have to work harder for the victory, passing Paul Smith around Graham Hill Bend before traffic allowed Billy to overtake Chippy who later went off at Paddock recovering to 3rd with Smith being promoted to 2nd.
Classic Stock Hatch was affected by red flags in both qualifying and race 1. Matt Rozier made a brilliant start to win the opener with rival Lee Scott finishing 2nd. Scott Ward finished a career best 6th ahead of Pete Morgan.
The second race was a repeat for Rozier taking victory again from Scott, this time it was Morgan fighting his way through the field to complete the podium, the Ward brothers found themselves together on the track with Marcus coming from the back of the grid to pip brother Scott.
The mini endurance Roadsports race contested a full 34 car grid. Lucky Khera led the way with Leon Bidgway close behind, until Bidgway fell back allowing Jamie Sturges’s Seat to attack for the lead. The safety was deployed causing frantic activity in the pit lane. Khera retired soon after leaving Sturges to bring the car home for victory from Wayne Rothwell and Leon Bidgway. Class B was won by Wayne Rothwell and Class C was won by Dan Rogers. The drama wasn’t over as after the finish entering the pits the MR2 Turbo of Bidgway caught fire leading to him needing medical assistant, the marshalls done a fantastic job putting the fire out quickly.
The Raceparts Historic 750 Formula began with a fabulous grid of cars. Christian Pederson’s Austin led initially before several cars passed him. Martin Depper made a decisive move on the penultimate lap to claim victory.
The second race saw a red flag for the retirement of race 1 winner Martin Depper. This let Ben Myalls dominate the 2nd race from Lyndon Thurston and Trefor Slatter.
The Raceparts 750 Formula featured Bob Simpson in his 50th year of racing! finishing 4th in both races.
Ed Pither initially led until he slowed on lap 12 promoting Mark Glover and Peter Bove. Bill Cowley took advantage of Glover sliding wide then a daring move at paddock hill gave Cowley vicotry. Sue Harris won class B honours with 6th overall.
In the second race Cowley made a great start, eventually losing out to Pither with overheating issues. Bob Simpson sat in 3rd after a great start but couldn’t hold off Glover. Sue Harris was once again victorious in class B.
In the trio of Devanti MX-5 races
Paul Maguire dominated two of them for victory. In race 3 Chris Lovett won but as he was a guest this weekend and didn’t score points it was a maximum score for Maguire who finished 2nd in the 3rd race of the weekend.
The Gala Performance MR2 championship had excellent grids which like the locost had to be split into 3 groups.
The racing didn’t disappoint with race 1 being a close fought affair with a four car battle for the lead, Paul Cook tapped Matthew Rowe causing debris at Druids. The battle lasted all race until on the last lap when a back marker spun which caused Tim Heron to spin out of contention as well finishing 4th. Maxine Nicholls had one her best races to date battling with Pete Seeley to finish 9th overall and 3rd in class C.
The race 2 after a restart an 8 minute race resumed with Ben Rowe claiming victory. Mick Nicholls finished a fine 2nd overall and 1st in class C with Josh Brooks rounding the podium out.
Race 3 was dominated by Ben Rowe again with 2nd place going to Mick Nicholls again but new to the podium was Graham Mallings in 3rd.