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.

dailysportscar.comWe 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.

dailysportscar.comThe 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!

The Britsports 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.
Steve Wood


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