and British Festival (2) Report
Brands Hatch – April 30
Greensall Makes A Splash
© Mike Hoyer
The second event
in Dunlop’s new-for-2006 package was held at Brands Hatch
last weekend, and proved once again to be a big hit, with a variety
of close racing, track displays, and a decent crowd for the two
There was also
the option for Mini owners to take to the track during the lunch
break on Sunday, and almost 100 cars took them up on this offer,
packing out the Indy circuit.
The first race
on Sunday was the Radical Biduro championship event, for the Radical
SR4s. Qualifying for the 20-minute race was held on the Saturday,
and pole position was taken by the no. 99 car of Guy Hodgkin. Second
on the grid went to James Saggers, with Simon Packer third.
The race was
aborted early on, with a car off at Paddock Hill bend. With this
out of the way, the race was restarted. Guy Hodgkin led away, and
continued to lead for the first few laps, until he was passed by
Saggers on lap 6. From then on Saggers led all the way to the flag,
with Hodgkin coming home second, and 16 year old Toby Newton third
(complete with PalyStation sponsorship, in the Xero-run car), after
starting from fourth on the grid. The second race of the day was
once again won by Saggers, with Newton second, and Chris Stoney
The AVO Ginetta
championship, normally supporting the British F3 / GT Championships,
was at Brands Hatch for this event, with three races for the Ford
Zetec-engined cars. The first race had been held on Saturday at
the end of the day, and for a 20 minute duration. That race was
won by David Willoughby, from Tudor Alexander and John Griffith.
The first race
on Sunday got off to a dramatic start, with a huge accident at Paddock
Hill Bend, on the first lap. It was immediately red-flagged to allow
the wreckage to be cleared up, and amended to run over 15 minutes,
instead of 20. The shortened encounter was won by Richard Austin,
who led all the way, with Dave Devine just 0.777 seconds behind.
Julian Barrett was third. Ex-F3 man Richard Austin (below) took
the win in the third race of the weekend as well, from Max Henderson
and Stewart Linn.
Next up was
the first race for the MSV T-Cars, held over 15 laps. As usual,
the championship for 14-17 year olds featured several famous names,
including Jolyon Palmer and Alex Brundle. It was Max Chilton (brother
of Zytek and BTCC driver Tom) who took the win though, from Ryan
Borthwick and Oliver Webb. The second race was won by Borthwick,
with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs second, and Max Chilton third (below).
T-Cars race, the Radical Enduros took to the track for their first
of two 40-minute encounters. Qualifying had taken place on the Saturday,
and pole position was taken by Tim Greaves and Stuart Moseley, in
the former’s Radical SR8. They led up until the pit stops,
but eventually retired after 37 laps, spinning into the gravel at
Druids (although Moseley set the fastest Radical lap of the meeting,
a 44.187). The race was won by Quaife / Atkins from seventh on the
grid, with the car of Abbott / Dove second, and Richardson / Devlin
third. The SR3 class was won by Redwood / Mortimer.
and Nick Padmore took pole position for the second race, but spent
a long time in the pits with mechanical woes, and eventually retired.
The combination of Greaves / Moseley made up for their disappointing
race 1 result, taking the win (below - Tim Greaves leading them
away) ahead of Millner / O’Brien. Richard Ince and Austin
Kinsella were third, after being punted off into the gravel at Paddock
Hill bend on lap one.
The Mini Se7en
cars then had a shortened race, of just over 8 minutes, when two
cars collided at Paddock Hill, sending one into a roll. Fortunately
both drivers were uninjured, although the marshals had a shock when
the fire extinguisher was set off as they reached the stricken car!
The race was won by Paul Thompson, from Andrew Deviny and Damon
lunch break saw the Mini parade on track, with drivers of old and
new versions of the car given the opportunity to drive two laps
of the Indy circuit, although with nearly 100 cars on the circuit
this was obviously not at racing speed! With the cars back in their
allocated parking area at Clearways, the Mini Challenge cars took
to the grid for the Sunday lunchtime grid walk, a regular feature
of this race package. The EuroBOSS were also out on display in the
pitlane, with members of the public getting a rare chance to get
up close to some F1 machinery.
Grid walk over,
the Challenge cars set off on their first race of the day, which
was won by Allen Jackson, from Fredrik Nordstrom and Andrew Bailey.
The second race, held later in the day, was won by Arthur Forster
(who had retired from the first), with Martin Depper second, and
The Mini Miglia
race was another to be stopped after one lap, with a car spinning
off on the Cooper Straight. Andrew Hack won the restarted 10 lap
encounter, with James Hall second, and Bob Sollis third.
series provided some of the most impressive sights and sounds of
the weekend, with Formula 1 cars making a rare appearance at Brands
Hatch. Cars eligible for the series are F1, Indycar and F3000 cars
up to 2001, and some have some very impressive history, including
cars driven by Michael Schumacher, Martin Brundle and others. In
their current guise, they are piloted by some well known names from
the world of sportscar racing.
A regular entrant
in the series is Klaas Zwart, the Ascari man entering three Benettons
under the Ascari name, with the other two cars being driven by Johnny
Laursen, and Ferrari Challenge racer Pierre Schroeder. Laursen took
pole position for the first race (held on the Saturday), but it
was won by Klaas Zwart, who also took fastest lap, with a time of
39.838 (that’s an average speed off 110.80 mph around the
30-lap race was shortened to 25, after the delays earlier in the
day, and saw the appearance of another driver who hadn’t been
there on the Saturday, in the shape of Nigel Greensall. He was driving
the ex-Schumacher Benetton B194, and stormed through the field to
take second place, despite having to start from the pitlane. Greensall
also set fastest lap in the race, with a time of 39.373. That’s
an average speed of 112.11mph…
had started the race from pole position, but retired after one lap.
That left Laursen out in front for several laps, until Patrick D’Aubrey
overtook him, and went on to take the win, in his Benetton V8. Laursen
then fell victim to Greensall, and Jodie Hemming in the 1997 Jordan.
Perhaps the most spectacular car of the day though was the Footwork
Arrows of Anthony Handsford, with its constant trail of sparks…