Packed grids provided thrilling entertainment at Brands Hatch as
part of the Lotus Festival's bumper support bill.
The Lotus Cup UK race was won by Fabio Randaccio, who passed Ken
Savage and Steve Train late on. Adam Gore, who had earlier retired
from the Elise Trophy race, stormed through the pack to win the
Production Class. A pit-stop penalty dropped Savage out of the
reckoning and moved Adam Knight into third. The race was brought to
an early close after Marcus Jewell crashed in the loop.
Following Jewell's crash, the time required to make extensive
barrier repairs meant the Elise Trophy race just once. Gore's
retirement set the stage for a thrilling climax as Martin Donnelly
lost out on the final lap to Craig Denman. This victory was
Denman's first of the season, and this was the first time Gore has
failed to reach the top step in five races. The absence of main
title rivals Jack Goff and Fulvio Mussi at the Lotus Festival
softened the blow.
MSVR championships provided the support, and F3 Cup put on one
of the races of the weekend. Tristan Cliffe and Toby Sowery's
fantastic battle ended with Cliffe finally completing a pass at
Hawthorns with one lap to go after moving alongside as far back as
Paddock Hill Bend. Cliffe doubled his win tally in race two, this
time passing Sowery in the opening laps and streaking clear. Henry
Chart and Louis Hamilton-Smith each picked up a third place.
There were double winners in the Dunlop VAG Trophy, Dunlop MK2
Golf GTi Championship, Toyo Tires Production BMW Championship and
Toyo Tires Racing Saloons.
Harry Vaulkhard did the VAG double to take his unbeaten run to
six races. The Sciroccos of Stewart Lines and James Pile joined him
on the podium both times, with Piles second in race one before
Lines took second in race two.
Matt Seldon beat Stephen Pearson and Peter Seldon twice in the
Toyo Tires Racing Saloons, coming back from a poor start in race
one to win in thrilling fashion. He finally breached Pearson's
defences with two laps to go and his dad Peter almost followed him
through for second.
The Toyo Tires Production BMW wins went the way of Matt Smith,
both times ahead of James Foard. Championship leader Harry Goodman
took third in race two after Stuart Waite had completed the podium
in the first.
Atom Cup entertained, as ever, as the cars slipstreamed past one
another. Paul Donkin won the disrupted race one ahead of Martin
James and Nick Holden before Nick Whitehead's audacious move around
the outside of both James and Ollie Taylor at Paddock Hill gave him
the race two win. Taylor lost out on third behind James after some
penultimate-lap contact, promoting Marc Mercer to third.
Champion of Brands crowned Oliver White the winner after a
typically hard-fought Formula Ford 1600 race. White finished ahead
of Josh Barnett. Richard Tarling scrapped for third, beating Ashley
Dibden despite contact at Graham Hill Bend.
The MSVT Trackday and Team Trophy All-Comers race was claimed by
the Ginetta G20 of James Reed and Richard Preece, beating the Nigel
Richards BMW E36 and pole-sitting Steve Atkinson Porsche 968.
The QMN Saloons and Cannons Tin Tops second race fell foul of
the barrier repairs, but Dale Gent was victorious in the one race
that was contested thanks to a last corner pass on Rod Birley. Alex
Sidwell completed the podium.