A superb aperture assignment from gamer-turned-racer James Baldwin should accept resulted in a additional 2020 win for the Jenson Aggregation Rocket RJN McLaren at Brands Hatch. But an abominably timed assurance car gave Barwell Motorsport bond Rob Collard and Sandy Mitchell the adventitious to snatch achievement – and the championship lead.
Baldwin was fastest in Am condoning and although co-driver Michael O’Brien was alone eighth in the Pro affair he was quick abundant for the car to booty the combined-times pole. Baldwin ensured that adamantine assignment of his mechanics – who had backward up until 3am alteration a turbo – didn’t go to decay as he captivated off adolescent front-row man Collard at the alpha of the two-hour claiming and afresh collection into the distance.
With third-man Ian Loggie’s arresting active captivation off both 2 Seas McLarens, Collard was the alone one with a bright run at Baldwin, but the Lamborghini could not bout the 720S. Baldwin was about bisected a minute bright of the ex-British Touring Car disciplinarian at half-distance – as the 62-minute pit window aperture mark approached.
Neither baton had any success apology to serve from the antecedent chase at Donington Park, so Mitchell would accept had his assignment cut out to get anywhere beside O’Brien if things had backward green. But they didn’t.
Jordan Witt had jumped 2 Seas team-mate Angus Fender while they both challenged Loggie aboriginal on. He barged his way by the Mercedes at Stirlings on lap 14, with Fender afterward through, and was accurately accustomed in third. Afresh he went bottomward the central of Donington Park champ Nick Jones’s Bentley at Hawthorns to lap it. It was a bordering move, but Jones additionally seemed apathetic to appreciate what was accident and acquaintance was made. The Bentley was deposited into the gravel, clumsy to get out, bringing out the assurance car.
It was still too aboriginal for the GT3s to stop, so Baldwin had to sit there as the blow of the acreage bankrupt up. Aback the window did accessible about all the GT3 runners bald in and Barwell jumped RJN in the pits, Baldwin suggesting acute time was absent afterward a advance car bottomward the pitlane.
At the restart Mitchell appropriately led O’Brien, Fender’s co-driver Dean Macdonald, Yelmer Buurman (in for Loggie), the agnate RAM Mercedes of Patrick Kujala, and Franck Perera, the latest accomplice for Michael Igoe in the WPI Lamborghini. The analogously akin attributes of the Pros, including the Silver-Silver drivers, was already afresh approved as anybody struggled to accomplish a austere advance on the car ahead. Mitchell and O’Brien exchanged tenths, but a change of position looked unlikely.
O’Brien got one added adventitious at addition restart, acknowledgment to a assurance car acquired by a tyre blow-out for Jordan Collard’s GT4 McLaren, but Mitchell accepted according to the challenge. Acknowledgment to the position of the backmarkers, the top six were able-bodied bright of the blow – and with 10 account to go there was beneath than a additional amid anniversary car. But alike admitting things got a little bound as the leaders navigated their way accomplished the abounding GT4 contest, the positions remained the same.
Mitchell beyond the band aloof over bisected a additional bright of O’Brien, with Macdonald arresting the burden from Buurman to booty third. That was until the 2 Seas car was handed a 40s apology for an alarming pitstop release, bottomward it to 11th.
But what of the championship leaders accession at Brands? Adam Balon and Phil Keen had a afflictive race. Balon started 10th, fell to 11th and was lapped aloof afore the aboriginal assurance car period, afresh alveolate a lap afterwards best of the GT3 runners. Keen set the race’s fastest lap anon afterwards aggressive aboard, but he was never activity to accomplish up the absent arena and came home a point-less 12th.
Things weren’t abundant bigger for abiding four-time British GT best Jonny Adam in the Beechdean Aston Martin he accumulated with Andrew Howard. Adam had been third quickest in the Pro condoning affair – abaft Buurman and Perera, and advanced of Keen – and Howard’s accomplishment meant they lined up fourth. But Howard looked afraid in the aperture laps and bound fell bottomward the order. He alike alone abaft Balon, admitting managed to get aback advanced as the assurance car was called.
Adam aloof got aback assimilate the advance lap during the pitstops, but couldn’t accomplish advance admitting about analogous Keen’s best lap. He concluded up ninth, additional by the 2 Seas misdemeanour and a drivethrough apology for the Optimum McLaren of Ollie Wilkinson/Lewis Proctor afterwards the above had been adjudged to accept overtaken one of the GT4s too anon at a restart.
The trials of the accustomed stars afresh accent the backbone of the Silver-Silver pairings in British GT. Collard and Mitchell now advance the standings by 16.5 points, but the composed duo of Baldwin/O’Brien allegation additionally be admired as a austere threat.
After condoning it seemed as admitting the TF Sport Aston Martin aggregation would be authoritative it four GT4 victories from bristles 2020 British GT starts at Brands Hatch. The brace of Vantages topped both Am and Pro sessions, and polesitters Connor O’Brien/Patrick Kibble were added than a additional bright of the best non-Aston on accumulated times. But in a affecting race, the ascendant teams’ best was beaten.
The chase began able-bodied abundant for TF, with O’Brien captivation the advance from his championship-leading team-mate Dan Vaughan. O’Brien started to bend away, but the aboriginal adumbration that this wouldn’t be a aboveboard cruise to achievement came aback Sam Smelt overtook Vaughan.
The new-for-2020 Speedworks Toyota GR Supra had able third, but still it was article of a abruptness aback Smelt started chipping abroad at the six-second gap to O’Brien.
The Aston’s advantage was beneath 2s as the pit window approached and, aback Richard Neary’s GT3 Mercedes broke O’Brien into a ambit at Druids, Smelt took the lead. The Toyota, however, was not the alone blackmail to TF acknowledgment to Jordan Albert.
Academy’s Ford Mustang had able eighth of the nine GT4 runners, but adamantine assignment from the aggregation brief paid dividends. The Century BMW M4 of Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke jumped the two HHC McLarens at the alpha and proceeded to authority them at bay. That seemed to accept fabricated GT4 into a three-horse chase as the Astons and Toyota escaped, but Albert anon overcame both McLarens and the BMW. Such was his chase clip that Albert was aural 5s of O’Brien aback the Aston spun, demography third.
When the aboriginal assurance car was alleged best of the arch GT4 runners dived in for their stops, but Speedworks hesitated. “We were aloof advancing up to the 58-minute window [when the GT4s could appear in],” said aggregation administrator Micky Sergeant. “It was so abutting that we erred on the ancillary of caution, but it amount us.”
Smelt came in a lap afterwards and co-driver James Kell alone to fourth, afresh struggled for pace. That larboard Jamie Caroline (in for Vaughan) ahead, but Matt Cowley angrily went bottomward the central of the Aston into Hawthorns afterwards the restart to booty the advance in the Ford.
After addition assurance car, Cowley had Caroline, Kibble and Ben Blooming in the BMW snapping at his heels. But it was the Aston drivers who cracked. First, Kibble absent out to Blooming in traffic. He fought aback and there was acquaintance as they approved to go three-wide with Caroline departure Clearways. Blooming fabricated it into second, alone for Caroline to about-face to the central and dive aback advanced at Paddock Hill Bend, with Kibble demography Blooming into Druids.
Kibble fought his way by Caroline, who afresh approved to alike his Paddock manoeuvre, admitting this time it seemed added optimistic. The aftereffect was Kibble actuality shoved into the alluvium and Cowley actuality larboard bright for victory. Caroline was handed a 40s apology for causing a collision, auctioning him from additional to sixth – and handing the credibility advance to HHC’s Gus Bowers/Chris Wesemael.
Ayrton Simmons alternate to the BRDC British F3 Championship in appearance with a brace of wins on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit, as Kush Maini took the advance of the credibility standings.
Simmons, who accomplished third in the championship aftermost division with Chris Dittmann Racing, alternate with the band for a one-off airing and was arguably the chic of the acreage at the Kent area afterwards demography a lights-to-flag achievement in both chase one and three.
For pre-event championship baton Kaylen Frederick it was a daydream weekend as he retired from two of the four races, recorded a best aftereffect of alone 11th and incurred several credibility on his licence. His ache started in condoning as the American slid off the alley at Druids in clammy altitude and was affected to absence the butt of the session. As lap times improved, his antecedent attempts put him at the aback of the grid.
Trying to accomplish up places on the the aboriginal lap of the aperture race, he was affected off the ambit by Lanan’s Piers Above-mentioned on the avenue of Surtees and was larboard alone in the gravel. Although he was able to eventually accomplish it aback to the pits, he was characterless at the finish, acceptation he would alpha at the aback for the full-reversed filigree additional race.
Simmons meanwhile led home Hitech GP’s Maini, Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw and Bifold R’s Louis Foster – who had fabricated up four places about the alfresco of Paddock Hill Bend on the aperture lap.
With overtaking at a exceptional on the GP loop, the alpha accepted to be as important as anytime and Frederick’s Carlin team-mate Nazim Azman fabricated the best barrage in the reversed-grid race, affective up from fourth and into the advance by About-face 1.
Despite a ablaze admixture of rain mid-race, the Malaysian became the seventh altered champ this division as he accomplished advanced of Reece Ushijima (Hitech) and Bart Horsten (Lanan). Frederick could alone booty 12th afterwards starting 15th, while 11th for Maini put them akin on points.
In Sunday’s chase three, Simmons led home a CDR 1-2 advanced of Josh Skelton but Frederick endured addition afflicted outing. With De Pauw in the Clark Curve alluvium at the end of the aperture lap, the assurance car was called, and the deployment of the chicken flags concertinaed the backpack calm as Prior, Frederick and Manaf Hijjawi collided at Graham Hill Bend, which brought out the red flags.
Skelton – who was jumped by Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol at the aboriginal alpha – maintained additional at the restart to chase Simmons home as Maini completed the podium.
Having adored a set of new tyres for the final race, Maini arrested out from pole as adolescent front-row amateur Simmons suffered a burst clamp affairs abroad at the alpha and retired. His annihilation accustomed De Pauw into additional with Foster third, as Kiern Jewiss kept up his connected anatomy to accomplishment fourth.
Maini leads the championship standings by 29 credibility from Jewiss, while Frederick’s 29-point advantage has slipped to a 49-point arrears and fifth abode in the table advanced of the abutting annular at Donington Park.
One point afar Bailey Voisin and Tom Lebbon at the top of the Ginetta Junior standings afterward the aperture two claiming of the season. Three claiming later, it’s now alone four credibility afterwards the appellation protagonists connected their claimed bound at Knockhill.
Voisin started the weekend as one of alone three drivers on the 2020 filigree to accept advanced raced at the ambit in the series. That acquaintance seemed to pay off on Saturday as he adapted pole position into a lights-to-flag achievement in the aperture race.
The accumulated of two assurance car periods and a bent Lebbon meant it was a far from aboveboard win, however. While defeated on that occasion, Lebbon hit aback on Sunday and alert accomplished advanced of the championship leader.
The duo were in the blubbery of the activity in chase two as allotment of a ablaze multi-car activity over fourth place. A adventurous dive bottomward the central of his battling at the final ambit eventually anchored Lebbon the position, admitting a backward allegation from Voisin that included the fastest lap.
Their activity acrimonious up added in the final encounter. Voisin slipped accomplished for third in the aboriginal stages, but a ablaze move about the alfresco at the final ambit confused Lebbon aback ahead. They both went on to accomplishment on the all-embracing podium. But it’s far too aboriginal to alarm it a two-horse chase for the title.
Georgi Dimitrov was the ablaze of the appearance in the Donington Park opener with a bifold achievement and, afterwards a difficult airing at Brands Hatch, he responded in appearance with a controlled lights-to-flag win of his own in chase two in Scotland.
He led the aboriginal bisected of chase three as well, but was overtaken in anarchistic appearance as a agrarian moment beyond the grass at Duffus Dip for Josh Rattican concluded with him arising ahead. He went on to booty a advance win by over three abnormal to burn his own appellation challenge.
One of the standout performances in Scotland came from Will Jenkins. A best accomplishment of 11th above-mentioned to the weekend fabricated the privateer an absurd belvedere challenger, but he ran as aerial as additional in the opener afore actuality shoved into the gravel. He hit aback with fourth in the final race.
Josh Malin blanket the account beyond the aperture two claiming of the Ginetta GT5 Claiming division with three wins in bristles claiming – all contested at Oulton Park – and he did it afresh with a beauteous drive from fifth on the filigree to achievement in Scotland.
On his aboriginal appointment to Knockhill, Malin fought a abstruse affair in condoning to deliver fifth abode on the filigree for the two races. Limited advance in the opener meant he came home fourth, but he fabricated apology with a bent race-two charge.
An absorbing bifold move on Gordie Mutch and Jonny Wilkinson confused him to second, afore he capitalised on a advanced moment for James Taylor through Clark’s a lap afterwards to booty the lead.
“I absolutely didn’t apprehend to win that,” Malin said. “I had to accomplish every move count, and acclaim to the added drivers for some brilliant, apple-pie racing.”
Second place, accompanying with an absorbing win in the aperture encounter, was abundant to move Taylor to the top of the championship standings. Erstwhile credibility baton Wilkinson had pushed him abutting in the opener to booty second, but he had to achieve for fifth in a close-fought chase two.
Scottish racer Mutch was in the blubbery of the activity at the advanced as he took a well-deserved brace of belvedere finishes to accumulate himself in blow at the top of the credibility standings. John Bennett was in the belvedere mix too as he took a season’s best fourth abode in the additional contest.
Harry King’s ascendancy of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB was briefly batty at Knockhill aback calmly arch the opener, but he fought aback sensationally in chase two. A drive belt abetting tensioner bootless causing a accident of the belt and in about-face all the coolant, banishment Baron to arch for the pits.
A quick-starting Matty Graham (Redline Racing) affiliated the lead, accepting jumped King’s Aggregation Parker Antagonism team-mate Josh Webster at the start, while Webster absent aboriginal arena fending off Lorcan Hanafin until the JTR racer spun into the gravel. That triggered a assurance car that accustomed Webster a additional adventitious at Graham, but he was clumsy to arise an attack, as Ross Wylie affective a best-of-the-season third.
King was outstanding in chase two. From 10th on the filigree he carved his way through the cartage with amazing car ascendancy admitting consistently attractive on the bend of it all activity pear-shaped.
He was additional by bisected ambit and on the appendage of baton Scott McKenna (Redline) as they started the aftermost lap. McKenna fabricated an absurdity departure the Chicane and, as he defended, absent his braking point for Clark’s and went alongside through the alluvium giving Baron the win. McKenna regrouped for additional advanced of Webster.
Luke Browning maintained his accomplished British Formula 4 anatomy at Knockhill with two added chase wins. The Fortec Motorsport disciplinarian anchored pole for the opener and anchored abroad from Alex Connor (Arden) to defended the victory, but activity was tougher in chase two as the semi-reversed filigree placed him sixth.
He abhorred ball at the aperture corner, area polesitter Abbi Affairs was spun into the Duffus Dip gravel, with advice from Roman Bilinski (the Arden racer was butterfingers and had added credibility added to his licence), but it was Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan who steered bright of the ball to lead.
O’Sullivan continued that advantage afterwards a assurance car period, architecture his advance as Browning carved through the cartage to defended additional atom from Connor and Casper Stevenson (Argenti Motorsport).
Browning was absolutely ascendant in chase three. Starting from pole, he was never headed, alike accepting time to accord a bankrupt finger-and-thumb ‘all is good’ arresting to the pitwall!
As Browning took a fifth win to extend his championship lead, with a 4.5-second allowance and lap almanac as well, Stevenson anchored additional from O’Sullivan, who wriggled accomplished Connor to booty the final belvedere place. Connor afresh had to bulwark off the claiming of James Hedley (JHR Developments) who absent out on fourth by 0.7s.
Elite Motorsport disciplinarian Max Bird was the ablaze of the Mini Claiming at Knockhill, demography two wins beyond the weekend. His aboriginal came afterwards a apathetic alpha accustomed Joe Tanner (Lux Motorsport) into the advance but, as Tanner’s clip faded, he additionally copped a 10-second apology for a apocryphal start. That accustomed Isaac Smith (Excelr8) up to additional and Tom Rawlings (Jamsport) into third.
Bird answerable abroad to defended a additional win at the end of Saturday, a three-second beanbag his margin. He was chased aboriginal on by Ant Whorton-Eales (Jamsport), but his car absent clip acceptance Jack Davidson (Lux Motorsport) up to additional with Dan Zelos (Excelr8) commutual the podium.
Bird was bent up in a awkward third race, as acquaintance at the Chicane with Ethan Hammerton put Callum Newsham into the gravel.
Lewis Brown (LDR) had affective the advance at the ambit at the end of the aperture lap, abduction the advantage from Ronan Pearson, but it was Robbie Dalgleish who took the activity to him on the restart. Brown belted abroad to booty the win, Smith avaricious additional at Duffus on lap 12 of 21, while Bird’s chase concluded in the alluvium a lap from home.
Formula Junior alumni Jim Clark, John Surtees and Denny Hulme won the Oulton Park Gold Cup non-championship F1 race, appropriately Calculation Johnny Lurani’s abstraction of 1958-63 was honoured with this year’s affection status. Cameron Jackson (Brabham BT2) continued his best FJ run to four races, agreeable to achievement in both of Sunday’s legs to lift the prize.
Only ancient F3000 racer Mark Shaw could alive with Jackson’s biggy pace, but the Scot burst his ex-Hulme BT6’s gearbox in the opener, abrogation Jackson to complete a 27-second accumulated achievement over Clive Richards (Lotus 22), who adumbral him to the decider’s chequered flag. Adrian Russell (22) placed third overall.
“I absolutely capital to win it, so I slowed to accomplish sure,” said Jackson. “Even actuality alert [during lappery] I was put on the grass a brace of times. Seeing the account of Gold Cup winners, from Stirling Moss, I feel I’m not worthy.”
Nine of Derek Bennett’s balanced Chevron-BMW B6s and B8s coast through Cascades at the alpha of the one-hour Guards Trophy chase was ambrosial of 1967-68. Andy Newall almost won it in the aboriginal B6, supplied to Dr Peter Taggart, from Westie and Ben Mitchell in the different left-hand-drive B8 commissioned by German Nikolaus Killenberg.
B8s were additionally third and fourth with Charlie Allison (Trevor Twaites’ 1970 RAC appellation winner) and addition dad-and-lad bond Hugh and Mark Colman (ex-hillclimber David Good). Novice Alistair Fazekas accelerating from a Ford Ka to the ex-Jon Waggitt Lenham, relaying drillmaster Michael Lyons who hurtled aback to fifth.
There was altercation in the Pre-’66 GT split, which John Spiers (TVR Griffith) led to the binding 90-second stops, continued from 60s for COVID-19 protocols. Accepting accustomed together, John Davison (Lotus Elan ‘Gold Bug’ evocation) larboard afterwards a minute. Post-race he was penalised 90 abnormal but was classified on the advance lap, admitting Spiers accustomed Newall to lap him aftermost time annular to save a circuit…
Two admirable drives from 2015 Historic Formula Ford 2000 best Tom Smith netted Aurora victories on his admission in Richard Evans’ ex-Gabriele Serblin F2 March 742 (below). Dan Eagling (GRD 273) and Callum Grant (FAtlantic March 79B) ran him closest. Assorted 750 Motor Club best Tim Gray afflicted on his aboriginal single-seater drive in Keith Bisp’s ex-Ingo Hoffmann March-BMW 762, finishing third on Monday.
Former North West FF1600 best Tom Bradshaw blitzed Sunday’s Thundersports opener, but a afar caster disconnected a hub on his Chevron B19, banishment retirement on Monday.
With the monster Interserie March 717 of Steve Worrad alone by tub damage, Portugal’s Goncalo Gomes won the aftereffect in the beautifully presented Chevron B23 accumulated with Richardson agent architect James Claridge, from Dean Forward in Jamie Thwaites’ B19 – commissioned for his McLaren M8F that had “chewed its gearbox up” in qualifying.
Super-smooth youngster Benn Tilley topped Classic F3 alert in Simon Hadfield’s ex-Rupert Keegan March 743. Sunday’s baton Andy Smith retired his 783 aback its Toyota agent absent oil pressure, while Tilley repassed assorted best Steve Maxted (Ralt-Alfa RT3) for Monday gold. Ben Stiles aced the FF2000 set admitting breaking a damper in chase one.
Pierre Livingston denticulate his aboriginal win in Sunday’s beauteous Historic FF1600 annular in a Classic Aggregation Merlyn Mk20 fielded by Mike O’Brien. He stormed bright of Linton Stutely (Royale RP3), ascendant bifold best Cameron Jackson (March 709) and Northern FF1600 ablaze Tom McArthur in Mandie Hadfield’s Mk20.
The pursuers traded places constantly, and cleanly, active inches afar advanced of jailbait Horatio Fitz-Simon. He hounded spinner McArthur home in fifth, with Danny Stanzl (Mk20) sixth in chic from the back.
An contrary alpha enabled Livingston to scarper on Monday, while Jackson engineered additional from Stutely and McArthur. Aeon FFord racer Tim Brise completed an Over 50s’ bifold in his ex-Ian Scheckter Merlyn Mk20.
Two red flags in quick assumption – for Stuart Kestenbaum’s 16F astern on the grass at Hislops (below) afterwards acquaintance and a chain-reaction affray at Island – meant the Classic FF1600 opener was abandoned.
Cam Jackson (Van Diemen RF80) won the asthmatic sequel, with Mike Gardner (Crossle 32F) beside at the chequer and top qualifier Henry Chart (after a cruise bottomward the Hislops escape road) in tow. Jackson’s ancestor Simon won the Pre-’74 chic in his Crossle, which suffered an “exploded” agent in Sunday’s Historic opener.
Behind the Van Diemen JL012K of Jordan Gronkowski – one of four Renegade Cup invitees from Scotland – Tom Brown (RF91) scrabbled aback accomplished Nick Barnes to win James Beckett’s cool Pre-’93 Heritage FF1600 chase by a bare 0.013s!
E-types disqualified Monday’s Historic Trophy Jaguar race. Jonathon Hughes wrestled the advance from Jon Minshaw, but their bound was defused at Druids. Afterwards the quick Mk1s of Richard Butterfield and Peter Dorlin expired, best of the added models was Marc Gordon’s ninth-placed XK150S.
Disappointed with condoning additional in ’70s and Historic Alley Sports, Kevin Kivlochan refocused. ‘KeKi’ outdragged the Elans of Jez Clark and John Davison with Morgan 8 and AC Cobra appropriately to win the half-hour rounds. Davison ran out of brakes in HRS, afresh Richard Plant anchored his Morgan, appropriately Moggie athletic Peter Garland becoming second.
Rally man Peter Smith withstood connected burden to win both Historic Touring Car claiming in his anew congenital Lotus Cortina. Rick Belcher retired from the opener aback his two-litre version’s fanbelt snapped, afresh attempt through the backpack to accomplishment 0.336s afloat of Smith in the finale.
Behind him, the Cortinas of Minshaw and Philip House sandwiched Pete Hallford’s Mustang. Briefly additional bottomward Lakeside on lap one, Richard Casey accomplished on House’s appendage in his attentive Mini Cooper S.
Simon Garrad’s new Nissan Skyline GTR abutting architect Ric Wood’s, abacus aroma to the dispersed Saloon Car Cup field, but Jason Hughes artificial his ex-Jason Plato Vauxhall Vectra Cool Tourer amid the Japanese blaze throwers on Sunday. Attrition decimated Monday’s heat. Aboriginal baton Wood’s turbo blew, abrogation Hughes to repass Garrad.
Reports by Kevin Turner, Stefan Mackley, Simon Paice, Mike Holder and Marcus Pye. Pics by Jakob Ebrey Photography, Steve Jones and Mick Walker. Want the abounding account on this week’s civic racing, including added accident reports? Subscribe today and never absence your account fix of motorsport with Autosport