Na­tional re­ports: Brands Hatch; Pem­brey; Snet­ter­ton; Oul­ton Park

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Tom Brad­shaw’s stir­ring Clas­sic For­mula 3 vic­tory, from the back of Sun­day’s 27-strong amal­gam of Bri­tish and French com­peti­tors, was de­servedly the talk of the His­toric Sports Car Club’s swel­ter­ingly hot Leg­ends of Brands Hatch Su­per­prix.

An elec­tri­cal short cir­cuit had si­lenced the ex-thierry Tassin Argo JM6’S Toy­ota engine on Satur­day, but the blind­ing con­sis­tency and breath­tak­ing cor­ner-speed car­ried by Brad­shaw – the 2008 For­mula Palmer Audi run­ner-up – el­e­vated it to

13th on lap one and the lead within eight laps. “I had to be pa­tient work­ing my way through, but the car was stun­ning. It never missed a beat,” he said.

David Shaw (ex-nel­son Pi­quet Ralt RT1) won the bizarre opener. “I’ve never known a race like it,” he said. “I started sixth, the chap in front of me bogged down, Fred [Rou­vier, Mar­tini MK31] spun at Pad­dock, and by the sec­ond cor­ner I was lead­ing.”

Ian Ja­cobs (Ralt RT3) and Si­mon Jackson (Chevron B43), plus Keith White (RT1), Pat Gorm­ley (Safir) and Paul Smith (Ralt-vw RT3) chased Shaw. Rou­vier re­cov­ered su­perbly from 25th to eighth.

Brad­shaw rock­eted up Sun­day’s lap chart, dili­gently hunt­ing down lead­ers Jackson and Ja­cobs be­fore slic­ing ahead into Sur­tees. There­after he was gone, and his best lap of 1m31.908s (95.30mph) proved peer­less. Ja­cobs and Jackson joined Brad­shaw on the over­all podium, with Rou­vier next home.

Great Bri­tain’s B team, led by An­drew Hib­berd and Michael Scott who fin­ished one-two in Sun­day’s de­cider, claimed the His­toric F3 Na­tions Cup, which Hib­berd’s Brab­ham BT18 won with Chris Ir­win up in 1966. Jon Mil­ice­vic, who beat Steve Smith on Satur­day af­ter fuel va­por­i­sa­tion slowed Hib­berd, re­tired from their Sun­day duel when a bro­ken rocker ended his 2018 win streak at seven races. Christoph Wid­mer buck­led a cor­ner of his Brab­ham, hav­ing ar­rived brake­less at Clark Curve on Satur­day, but the 1000cc fra­ter­nity ea­gerly helped him re­pair it and shared his joy at third on Sun­day.

Geraint Owen took a mighty HGPCA Pre-’61 dou­ble in his Kurtis-of­fen­hauser ‘Merz En­gi­neer­ing Spe­cial’. Owen shook off Rod Jol­ley (Lis­ter-jaguar ‘Mon­zanapo­lis’) on Satur­day, but Will Nuthall’s ex­tra­or­di­nary Sun­day drive in the ex-peter White­head/ Martin Grant Peterkin Alta F2 forced

Owen to “use more revs”.

Once Peter Hors­man had spun his Lo­tus 18/22 at Druids on Satur­day – pre­sag­ing a tiger­ish re­cov­ery to sec­ond – and stopped when a stone jammed its throt­tle open the fol­low­ing day, Jon Fair­ley (Brab­ham BT11/19) was un­catch­able in the Pre-’66 set. Mark Daniell (ex-alec Mil­dren Cooper T45) kept him hon­est in race two, fin­ish­ing ahead of Chris Drake (Ger­ard Rac­ing Cooper T73).

Michael Lyons blasted to an­other stylish Derek Bell Tro­phy dou­ble in his F5000 Lola T400, but Mark Char­teris’s en­deav­ours to rob Neil Glover (Chevron B37) and Greg Thorn­ton (Sur­tees TS11) to pre­vent a V8 clean sweep in his F2 March-bdg 742 thrilled on­look­ers. Char­teris made it onto the podium, be­hind Thorn­ton, on Sun­day. Matt Wrigley (March 79B) aced the promis­ing Fat­lantic re­vival’s de­but.

In Satur­day’s Pre-’80 En­durance race,

John Bur­ton, 76, (Euro­pean 2-litre sportscar cham­pi­onship run­ner-up in 1972 and ’73 in Chevrons) screamed his Bdg-pow­ered B26 to vic­tory over the mas­sive Marchchevro­let 717 of Nick Adams. John Spiers (Osella-bmw PA3) wrested sec­ond from Kevin Cooke (March-bdg 75S) in Sun­day’s best tus­sle, but couldn’t catch Bur­ton, who im­proved his best lap to 1m30.061s.

Led briefly by John Har­ri­son, Char­teris shat­tered the 1m30s bar­rier in a four-lap Clas­sic Clubmans sprint, fol­low­ing a nasty in­ci­dent on Brab­ham Straight in which

Mike Lane’s Mal­lock came to rest atop Dave Wale’s. Lo­cal man Adam Pater­son passed B-sport points leader Barry Webb, while Jonathan Loader (Tiga) claimed Sports 2000 gold, as he had in Pre-’80.

Phil House boldly usurped Spiers for His­toric Tour­ing Car vic­tory af­ter a clean bat­tle. Be­hind the FIA Ap­pendix K ver­sions, Rick Belcher made it a Lo­tus Cortina clean sweep, ahead of Mark Watts’s Mus­tang.

With light­ning starter Pete Mor­ton still a threat, 1989 FF1600 Cham­pion of Brands Chris Good­win ne­go­ti­ated nine lapped cars on the fi­nal lap to net his first Fju­nior vic­tory.

Brad­shaw bat­tled back from elec­tri­cal woes to claim race-two win

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