20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 18:30 - Heritage Grand Touring
Car Challenge: The Lotus Sunbeam of Joss Ronchetti brought the
first day of action at the MSVR GP Weekend to a close by securing
pole position for Sunday's race.
Ronchetti was 1.4 seconds faster than the MG BGT V8 of
John Wilson and Ray Barrow's vintage Ford Escort was third fastest.
Rikkis Cann's Aston Martin Vantage joined Barrow on row two in
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 18:00 - MK2 Golf GTI
Championship: Jamie Martin edged polesitter Lewis Hopkins to
victory in a closely fought MK2 Golf GTI Championship race on the
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
The race soon became into a three way battle involving
Martin, Hopkins and Oulton Park podium finisher James Bark but it
was Martin who came through to take the spoils. Hopkins had to
settle for second and finished two seconds back while Bark finished
a further second back in third. Championship leader Guy Stevens
helped his cause by winning Class 1 with a determined drive to
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 17:15 - F3 Cup and Monoposto
2000 & Classic: Local man Aaron Steele showed his class to
convert a pole position into a race win on the fast and flowing
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in race one at the MSVR GP
Steele made no mistake from the start and successfully
dealt with a safety car period to record another win to take his
tally to eight for the season. Matt Draper continued his run of
podium finishes with an impressive second and Kent racer Mark Terry
came home in third, in his first ever race on the 2.3 mile Brands
Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
With the Monoposto 2000 and Classic cars joining the F3
Cup grid, qualifying proved to be an interesting concept with
drivers faced with extra traffic. Steele once again showed his pace
as he secured pole by three seconds from Draper and Terry. Mark
Harrison impressed by claiming fourth spot just ahead of Lanan
Racing's Kat Impey. Dave Karaskas, Alf Skeels, Nick Robinson,
Stuart Wiltshire and Neil Harrison rounded out the top ten. Chris
Needham made a rare start from the back of the grid after suffering
problems in qualifying.
The polesitter reacted well to the lights and he surged
into the lead at Paddock Hill Bend with Draper and Terry falling in
behind in second and third respectively. Impey progressed up to
fourth by passing Mark Harrison on the opening lap.
Steele built a comfortable advantage in the early laps
before the introduction of the safety car neutralised the race.
However, the former Formula Palmer Audi driver was calm at the
restart and he soon built up a lead and Draper and Terr were unable
to reel him in. Impey held on to fourth but attention soon turned
to the rear of the field with Chris Needham storming up through the
pack. Needham found his way passed Karaskas, Skeels and Harrison to
finish the race in a creditable fifth position.
Meanwhile at the front, Steele maintained a strong pace
and he took the chequered flag with a comfortable lead from Draper
In the Monoposto 2000 and Classic class, Tristan Cliffe
showed he has the pace to mix it with his F3 Cup counterparts by
finishing ninth overall and subsequently took the win in
Cliffe starred in qualifying as he set the third fastest
time overall which was more than enough to secure pole for the
Monoposto class. After a solid start, the Omicron Motorsport driver
soon built a lead and was hardly troubled at the front of the
field. By the end of the race, he caught up and passed F3 Cup
competitors to finish an impressive ninth while taking the
Monoposto 2000 class win. Malcolm Scott was his nearest challenger
in second place at the finish and he finished ahead of Classic
class runner Peter Venn.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 16:30 - BRSCC Alfa Romeo
Championship: Anthony George produced a stunning to drive to win
today's BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship from the back of the
The World Touring Car Alfa Romeo 156 of Neil Smith
converted his pole position into the race lead as the field headed
into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time. But Smith's car slowed
on lap seven and was subsequently forced into retirement. The other
main contender Chris Snowdon, who started from second on the grid,
retired after only three laps. Championship leader Emma Karwacki
increased her title hopes by finishing the top runner in Class
However, the star of the race was George as he surged up
through the field to take the chequered flag with a stunning drive.
Clive Hodgkin crossed the finish line in second behind the wheel of
his Alfa Romeo 75. Paul Plant secured the final spot on the podium
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 15:45 - Monoposto
1800/1600/1400/1000: Jason Timms came from third on the grid to win
the first Monoposto race of the MSVR GP Weekend.
Polesitter Dave Connor struggled from the start and it was
Timms who thrusted his way to the front of the field in the early
exchanges. Dax Ward, who started from second on the grid, followed
Timms closely and never let the leader out of his sight.
Connor's hopes of glory came to an abrupt end on lap four
when he was forced into retirement. However, at the front Timms
maintained his charge and Ward continued to pile on the pressure.
Steve Cave held third but his race ended in retirement a lap before
the end, handing Adrian Wright the final place on the podium. Timms
eventually took the chequered flag 2.1 seconds ahead of
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 15:30 - GT Trophy: The Ferrari
458 of Rob Barff and Leon Price will start from pole position after
a successful qualifying session.
The Snetterton and Oulton Park winners were the class of
the field once again as they lapped the 2.3 mile circuit 3.688
seconds faster than Phil Keen's BMW GTR. The Porsche of Mike
Donovan and Nick Dudfield were third fastest ahead of the Back and
Broadhurst Ferrari 430. The iconic Ferrari F40 of Simpson
Motorsport will start from eighth on the grid. The three hour GT
Trophy Endurance race will begin at 12:50 on Sunday.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 14:40 - VAG Trophy: Cris Hayes
came through first lap drama to record victory in the latest round
of the championship at the MSVR GP Weekend.
The race started in an explosive fashion with several cars
making contact at the Druids hairpin on the opening lap. Pole
sitter Chris Adams, Daniel Rose and Cris Hayes were all involved in
the incident, but Adams, the star of qualifying, was unable to
continue. Rose and Hayes managed to rejoin the track and the latter
managed to fight his way past Andy Thompson, who emerged from the
incident unscathed for the lead.
Despite the incident Hayes' car was unharmed and the High
Wycombe driver soon settled into an impressive pace. While Hayes
was enjoying a clear track out in front, championship leader Daniel
Rose struggled to recover and he eventually finished well down the
order in 21st position. Hayes was rarely troubled at the front and
he went on to finish a full 6.5 seconds ahead of Andy Thompson,
also driving a SEAT Leon.
Martyn Culley claimed the final place on the podium ahead
of the Volkswagen Golf van of Tony Absolom. The battle in the C2
class was won by Jamie Martin and Dawn Boyd was victorious in the
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 12:40 - F3 Cup and Monoposto
2000 and Classic: Aaron Steele extended his run of form by securing
pole position for the latest round of the F3 Cup on the famous
Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 12:10 - MK2 Golf GTI
Championship: Oulton Park double winner Lewis Hopkins helped his
championship hopes by securing pole position on the Brands Hatch
Grand Prix circuit.
Hopkins was just 0.809s quicker than Jamie Martin and he
was four tenths of a second quicker than Hopkins' title rival James
Bark. Overall championship leader Guy Stevens was the fastest Class
1 runner in 10th place overall.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:25 - Monoposto
1800/1600/1400/1000: The Formula Jedi car of Dave Connor averaged
96.38mph as he secured pole position for this afternoon's
Dax Ward, who enjoyed a remarkable run to third from the
back of the grid at Outon Park last month, went second fastest with
Jason Timms third and Adrian Wright in fourth. Only 1.332s
separated the top four.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 11:14 - BRSCC Alfashop Alfa
Romeo Championship: The former World Touring Car Championship car
of Neil Smith was clearly the fastest in this morning's qualifying
Smith, behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo 156, was 5.3
seconds faster than his nearest rival Chris Snowdon. John Griffiths
was third quickest ahead of Paul Plant, with championship leader
Emma Karwacki in 15th spot overall, but second in class.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:10 - Dunlop Motorsport News
Saloons: Championship leader Darren Bly secured pole position by
seven tenths of a second in this morning's qualifying session on
the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
Bly, driving a Nissan Skyline, managed to lap the 2.3 mile
GP circuit in 1.34.984s, which was 0.709s faster than West
Kingsdown resident and Brands Hatch specialist Rod Birley. Dale
Gent was third fastest in his Subaru Imprezza ahead of Class B
runner Andy Thompson.
20/08/2011 - LATEST NEWS at 10:00: Superpro VAG Trophy:
Chris Adams dominated qualifying in the Superpro VAG Trophy to grab
pole position for this afternoon's race.
Adams' Volkswagen Golf GTI MK5 was 0.950s quicker than
Andy Thompson's SEAT Leon Cupra, who will join him on the front row
of the grid. Cris Hayes will occupy the first spot on row two in
third, ahead of championship leader Daniel Rose. The surprise of
qualifying was the performance of Dave Carvell's VW Golf Van which
was seventh fastest.
20/08/2011 - MSVR championships and series' head to
the legendary Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this weekend 20/21
August for a meeting of thrilling on track action. A spectacular
three hour GT Trophy Endurance race will headline the MSVR GP
Weekend, which includes a vast arracy of exotic GT cars.
The GT Trophy grid will be populated by a pair of sleek
Ferrari 458s, two Lamborghini Gallardos, one of which will be
driven by former SEAT British Touring car star James
Pickford. There will also be a rare appearance from a race
going Ferrari F40, courtesy of Simpson Motorsport. The iconic
sportscar launched in 1987 will be driven by Anthony Mott. A
selection of Porsches, Ginettas, BMWs and a Venturi will complete
Joining the GT Trophy Endurance Series, will be the F3
Cup, Monoposto Championship, MK2 GTI Championship, VAG Trophy,
Champion of Brands, Heritage Grand Touring Car Challenge, Dunlop
Motorsport News Saloons and the BRSCC Alfa Romeo
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