Preview – Brands Hatch, Saturday November 18
Last Meeting Of The Year
Before you go
any further, scroll back down through the dsc headlines, and take
a look at the Britcar results from Donington a fortnight ago.
Then try to
find the Britcar “regulars”.
Fact is, the
winter series, for the GT classes seems to have attracted a different
clientele from the mainstream pre-24 hours group of races. True,
the Cole Brothers won the night race, but not in their usual Damax
Ferrari, and the #4 Topcats Marcos had a different driver pairing,
but it was only the Chamberlain / Allen monster Porsche that linked
the pre and post Silverstone sets.
And so it is
at Brands Hatch, where a two-hour Open race will be followed by
an 80-minute night race. The Emotional Monaro (Jimmy Brodie / Alan
Bonner), the Seldon / O’Brien BMW GTR, and the Rollcentre
Mosler of Kevin Riley and Ian Flux have all dipped in and out of
the series, the Rollcentre duo taking the win in the Donington daylight
two weeks ago, and, with the Cirtek Porsche of Bobby Verdon-Roe
and Brian Cordwell, they make up the GTRS Class.
The JMH Ferrari
will no doubt be still displaying the “For Sale” stickers
as Phil Burton and Adam Wilcox give it one last run in the GT3 Class,
and, conversely, Shiltech will be trying out the newly-acquired
360, with David Back and Aaron Scott likely to be driving. A pair
of Porsches, from Chad (Dockerill / Shelton), and local boys Motorbase
(Dave Bartrum / Phil Quaife) complete the class.
Four cars too
in the GT Cup Class – the single Topcats Marcos Mantis has
Richard Gomes and Jon Harrison on board during the day, then Gerry
Taylor taking over for the night shift. Nightclub boss and Britsports
race winner Howard Spooner will be in the Richard Thorne Morgan
Aero 8, and the ever-improving Jemco squad of Leigh Smart and Kevin
Hancock is bringing the Marcos back out.
this for a wild prediction? The overall win going to grass-green
Porsche 996 of food and drink executives Jean-Marc Rotsaert and
John Gaw. The Porsche Open regulars excelled on the GP circuit back
in June, the Belgian holding it steady in the early stages, then
Gaw unlapped himself twice - before throwing it off at Paddock in
a last-lap attempt on the leading bunch.
runners combine with Britcar field for these races, and this is
a taste for what will probably be the norm next season. Tony Brown,
Ian White, and the Butler Motorsport BMW M3 were the class of the
field at Donington, though the fight was taken to them by Michael
Symons and Andre D’Cruze in the Geoff Steel M3. Watch out,
though, for the Barwell Honda Civic of team boss Mark Lemmer and
Clio frontrunner Ed Pead (another racer who is in the Preston Road
Rally next month). Tony Skelton claims to have been involved in
the very first Rallycross event in 1967, and with Cooper Challenge
star Arthur Forster, will be looking for a better result in their
Mini Cooper than the pair of retirements they had at Donington.
That number 73 on the side of the car is not his Co-op number, by
the way, but his age.
With a potential
combined field of 30-plus cars, numbers should not be the issue,
but then, in this situation, why should they be? Forget how many
are out there, and savour the unique-to-the-EERC spectacle of racing
in the dark, seeing Moslers and Porsches thread their way through
the Hondas and BMWs.
Britsports races complete the programme, and reliability will be
the key here. The works-backed Junos will be hard to beat for sheer
pace, regular Mike Roberts and rookie stunt-pilot Will Curtis due
to drive easily-distinguishable machines, but that man Greensall,
sharing Jean-Luc Rihon’s class three Radical SR3, could well
be in contention too.