EERC Preview – Brands Hatch – 24 July
Three hours for the Britcar race this Saturday, and some familiar
names from National racing will be hoping to capitalise on the absence
of Andy and Julian Rouse’s Mercedes.
should see the debut of the BMW M3-GTR In British racing, in the
hands of Andy Allen and Dave Kempton, which will be taking on the
Marcos Mantis brigade of Wyatt / Simpson (right), Harrison / Ray,
and the regular Topcats car of Martin Parsons and Mick Mercer (below).
Topcats will also be fielding their TVR Tuscan , for Warren Gilbert
and Andrew Farrell. Class 1 will be completed by Bo McCormack’s
Ferrari 360 Challenge, and Formula Saloons refugees Martyn Simms
and Andy Clark in in a Honda Accord Supertouring machine.
overall winner could well come from Class 2, with the GTS Motorsports
BMW M3s to the fore, driven by ex-BGT Champion Calum Lockie with
David Smith, and the David Leslie / Harry Handkammer pairing. The
vastly experienced Nigel Greensall will be assisting absolute beginner
Paul Goody in the Life Motorsports M3, and Neil Cunningham will
“boost” the chances of Bill Sollis in the Cadburys SuperMini.
Look out too, for Piers Masarati, partnering John Clonis in the
venerable “droop snoot” Porsche 911 RSR.
Class 3 sees more familiar
faces, as Oulton BGT winner Piers Johnson will be sharing a Volvo
S60 saloon with Don Norchi, and Michael Caine joins Nigel Stephens
in a BMW M3-E30. These two cars had an early altercation at the
Donington race, rendering their true capabilities unmeasurable.
MG rising star Fiona
Leggate wil be attempting a world record this weekend, planning
seven races in different cars at two circuits in 24 hours! She will
arrive from Silverstone by helicopter, to take over the works MG
ZR-Judd from rally legend Gwyndaf Evans, then return directly afterwards
to complete the weekend of MG racing at the Northamptonshire circuit.
A podium in each race would enhance the achievement. Good Luck Fiona!
rounds of late have been races of attrition, so let’s hope
that the LM3000 of Mike Millard and Ian Flux, and the “works”
Jades go the full 90 minutes distance this time. SRS will be fielding
a Radical for Nigel Greensall and Richard Dencer, but they will
have their hands full with Andreas Halkiopolios, partnering Adrian
Holley in the ultra-fast Juno (below). The diminutive Greek, a Touring
Car and F3 legend in his homeland, and no stranger to UK circuits
through the BOSS series, fairly set Snetterton alight with his stunning
pace last month, but was dogged by minor mechanical gremlins.
The Gold Arts 100 race,
for Caterhams and Westfields, will be run within the Britsports
counter, and this week’s journalist in the second works Ariel
Atom “guest car” is Mark Hales.
To complement the EERC
programme, Brands Hatch regular Rod Birley has organised an invitational
Saloon Car Challenge, featuring contenders from various local saloon
series around the country.