BRANDS HATCH: MSVR BY MARK LIBBETER

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His­tory was made when Oliver White be­came the first driver to se­cure four suc­ces­sive Cham­pion of Brands race wins, de­spite the best ef­forts of Luke Wil­liams, on pole, and Amer­i­can Chase Owen.

A fab­u­lous five-car bat­tle for the lead de­vel­oped in the early laps, as Wil­liams at­tempted to keep White, Owen, Richard Tar­ling and Andy Chars­ley at bay. Slight con­tact be­tween White’s Van Diemen and the RFR of Wil­liams helped Owen to briefly take the lead at three­quar­ter dis­tance, but White was able to power ahead of the lead­ing Ray on the ap­proach to Druids a lap later. White never looked back, leav­ing Owen to claim sec­ond ahead of Wil­liams, who was strug­gling to select third gear in the clos­ing stages.

There were no such prob­lems for Wil­liam Plant and Oliver Bryant in the well-sup­ported Fu­ture Clas­sics con­test. De­spite need­ing to serve a 30-sec­ond suc­cess penalty car­ried over from Plant’s win at Sil­ver­stone, the Mor­gan Plus 8 pair claimed a dom­i­nant vic­tory. Perry Wad­dams (TVR Tus­can) just held off the Porsche 928 of Mark Chilton to claim sec­ond on the sprint to the flag.

Jeremy Timms was an equally con­vinc­ing win­ner in the pair of Mono­posto 1800, 1600 & Moto 1400 & 1000 races, twice lead­ing home cousin Ja­son in lights-to-flag suc­cesses. The star of both races though was Richard Git­tings in his Jedi Mk6. Start­ing 17th in race one and last for race two, he charged through the pack to snatch third from Dan Levy’s sim­i­lar car as they charged across the line in the opener, be­fore fight­ing his way through to fourth in race two be­hind Craig Hur­ran.

Rob­bie Watts was vic­to­ri­ous in a short­ened open­ing Mono­posto F3, 2000 and Clas­sic 2000 race, hav­ing pow­ered around the out­side of pole­man Tony Bishop at Pad­dock. Late-race smoke from his Dal­lara F302’s en­gine wasn’t enough to halt him as Bishop held sec­ond from Lee Cun­ning­ham.

The en­gine is­sue ruled Watts out of the sec­ond en­counter with the story of the race con­fined to the fi­nal lap when lead­ers Bishop and Ben Cater were in­volved in a fright­en­ing col­li­sion ex­it­ing Clear­ways. Bishop’s Dal­lara was launched into the air be­fore rolling. Cun­ning­ham was handed vic­tory ahead of Chris Hod­gen.

Ke­nan Dole was a de­lighted win­ner of the open­ing VAG Tro­phy con­test in his Golf GTI, with­stand­ing pres­sure from the sim­i­lar Mk5 model of Ja­son Tin­gle in the ini­tial laps, and lat­terly by Tom Witts in his Mk7. Be­hind the top three, Darelle Wil­son pow­ered through from the sev­enth row to claim fourth ahead of for­mer BTCC racer Andy Wil­mot.

The sec­ond race was dis­rupted by two red flags, mean­ing a re­sult was taken after just two laps. Dole was de­clared the win­ner with Tin­gle in­her­it­ing sec­ond after Wil­mot’s Golf was dis­qual­i­fied for fail­ing post-race scru­ti­neer­ing checks.

Stop­pages in the Porsche Club Cham­pi­onship opener meant the sec­ond race had to be can­celled. Mike John­son recorded his first win of the year in race one after he pulled off a su­perb move around the out­side of Kevin Har­ri­son at Pad­dock. Ti­tle leader Mark Mcaleer fought his way through to third, while son Jake scored a maiden tri­umph in class 2.

White’s win made his­tory Lewis (285) and Witts clash

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