Racelogic claims victory in drama-filled Fun Cup race
BRANDS HATCH BRSCC SEPTEMBER 8-9
Fun Cup championship leaders Sheradize UK were early casualties in a typically fraught four-hour race on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit, won by Team Racelogic’s Julian Thomas, David Denyer and Jon Tomlinson.
Denyer’s determined lunge up the inside of Team 7 Fun: Bikes 2’s Edward Bridle at Paddock Hill Bend on a safety-car restart with just under 90 minutes to go was the key move of the race. A clean final stop and a strong last stint from Tomlinson were enough to romp home with a 14.6-second lead ahead of a battling Bridle and Rob Croydon (Team Kennedy).
Sheradize’s dramas came just eight minutes into the race, with Peter Belshaw caught up in a Paddock Hill Bend collision between Team Honeywell’s Tim Wheeldon and Dave Clarke, who was tipped into a roll.
The beneficiary of this was undoubtedly the 2Rent Domino’s squad of Henry
Dawes and Chris Hart, who take over the championship lead and were potential race winners until a stop-go penalty within the last hour meant they dropped to sixth. The same penalty was applied to fifth-place finisher Apollo Motorsport, while Team Viking takes over second in the points after finishing fourth.
Jade, MCR and Radical machinery all battled for top honours in a thrilling first OSS race. Polesitter Patrick Sherrington (MCR) was usurped by the superior straight-line speed of Steve Griffiths’s Jade on the penultimate lap, the pair having been locked in combat ever since Griffiths passed Josh Smith’s Radical PR6 on lap three. Sherrington just held off Smith for second in a near-photo-finish.
Driveshaft failure put Smith out of race two, which was won comfortably by Sherrington after nearest challenger Nicolaj Lindberg spun his Radical SR8 at Clearways. Sherrington doubled up in race three, passing Griffiths around the outside at Druids in the closing stages, with Smith charging from the back of the grid to third.
Adam Southgate took two Porsche Championship wins on his way to sealing the title. After taking a lights-to-flag
race-one victory, a stall at the start of the second encounter was followed by a fantastic drive back to third. A frantic reversed-grid final race was won on the road by Ed Hayes, but a 5s track-limits penalty dropped him behind Southgate and race-two winner James Coleman.
Daniel Reason controlled the first Civic Cup race. Championship leader Rob Baker started alongside but lost second to Jason Ballantyne at Paddock on lap two. A safety car for David Buky’s spin out of fifth at Paddock closed the pack together but the positions remained the same.
Baker’s title rival Mark Grice finished fifth and made the best start in the reversed-grid race two, taking a lead he wouldn’t relinquish. Daniel Hobson’s pass on Chris Coomer at Druids gave him second, and Coomer later lost third as David Vincent dived up the inside at Paddock.
Simon Hill took both Production
GTI wins, jumping polesitter Adam Hance in the first encounter and leading lights-to-flag in the second. Hance kept Hill on his toes in race one, but a spin at Surtees in the second race dropped him out of contention. Paul Blackburn, James Colbourne and Richard Marsh were the other podium finishers.
Victory for Racelogic in Fun Cup race
Sherrington claimed two wins in OSS