AND THE WIN­NERS ARE... WIL­LIAMS LEADS EURO­PEAN IN­VA­SION

BRANDS HATCH: MSVR LO­TUS FES­TI­VAL BY BRIAN PHILLIPS

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Mar­que vet­eran Steve Wil­liams won both races for the Lo­tus Cup Europe on the cham­pi­onship’s sec­ond and fi­nal visit to the UK this year.

Apart from a slow start in race two, the Evora GT4 driver looked in con­trol, even when rain brought chang­ing con­di­tions on dif­fer­ent parts of the Grand Prix cir­cuit.

Harry Wood­head (Ex­ige) spent much of the first race mak­ing up for a poor start from fourth on the grid. He re­cov­ered to a class-win­ning fifth, less than 3s short of a podium place. JeanBap­tiste Loup (2-Eleven) was the clos­est chal­lenger to Wil­liams, with Jonathan Packer’s Evora third.

Wood­head’s start in race two was even worse, which came to an early end when he skated off at Clark Curve in the rain. None of this both­ered Wil­liams, who fin­ished well ahead of the younger Loup, joined on the podium by fa­ther Philippe to the joy of

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Peter Morris, cham­pion in 2014 and 2015, and Mike John­son shared the spoils in the brace of Porsche Club races, in which both were made to bat­tle hard in their 996s for suc­cess.

First time out, Morris sprinted from pole into an im­me­di­ate lead and had to call on all his ex­pe­ri­ence as the chas­ing cham­pi­onship leader Mark Mcaleer kept him hon­est from start to fin­ish. Be­hind, Kevin Har­ri­son (996) had to re­sist pres­sure from Chris Dyer in his Cay­man S be­fore Richard El­lis joined the scrap for third place in an­other 996, with Har­ri­son claim­ing the fi­nal podium place.

Morris looked set to lead Mcaleer home again in the sec­ond race, but John­son had other ideas as he set about im­prov­ing on his ini­tial fourth po­si­tion.

The 996 driver moved up to sec­ond place ex­it­ing Tower just past half-dis­tance, and swept into the lead ap­proach­ing the same cor­ner a lap later when Morris missed a gear. John­son then held off Morris and Mcaleer to the close, whilst Har­ri­son and El­lis had a su­perb fight for fourth po­si­tion.

Pole­sit­ter Colin Simp­son romped to an un­chal­lenged vic­tory in the ini­tial North­ern Sa­loon & Sportscar en­counter for Classes A & E in his mighty Mar­cos Man­tis. In his wake the seven-litre Ford Fal­con ped­alled by Andy Robin­son looked set for the run­ner-up po­si­tion un­til a charg­ing Barry Smith got the bet­ter of him in his Cater­ham 7 with a move at Cler­vaux on the penul­ti­mate lap.

Con­di­tions were wet for the sub­se­quent con­test, which Paul Bry­don dom­i­nated through­out in his BMW M3. Fin­lay Crocker fin­ished sec­ond on track ahead of for­mer cham­pion Mike Cutt, but a 5s track lim­its penalty for the for­mer dropped him to third po­si­tion.

Af­ter Kirk Ar­mitage qual­i­fied his M3 3.7s faster than the best of the rest Peu­geot 205 GTI of David Cox for the first con­test for Classes B,C,D & H, the out­come of the race was never in doubt. Reign­ing cham­pion Ar­mitage blasted home 44s clear of the pur­su­ing Sierra XR4X4 of Stephen Kell, who won an en­ter­tain­ing bat­tle with Martin White­house (BMW 328) and Cox for sec­ond place. The fol­low­ing day, Ar­mitage was even more dom­i­nant on his way to his sec­ond vic­tory of the meet­ing as the dis­tant Kell and White­house kept Alan Thomp­son’s BMW 328 out of the podium po­si­tions.

Crocker made a tremen­dous save from a very side­ways moment in his Honda Civic TCR early in the open­ing Bat­tle of Bri­tain Tro­phy event and went on to take the hon­ours de­spite an­other track lim­its penalty. Sub­se­quently Matthew Kirkby held an early lead, as did Crocker, very briefly, ahead of an agri­cul­tural moment at Tower, leav­ing Cutt to lead the Cater­hams of Smith and Kirkby home.

James Drew-wil­liams swept past early front­man Russ Giles at Tower on the open­ing lap of the ini­tial Mono­posto Tiede­man Tro­phy en­counter, but the race was to be­come a bat­tle of at­tri­tion as Drew-wil­liams and then Giles re­tired. This left Bryn Tootall to bring the small field home in his Van Diemen RF99 well clear of Mark Smith and Ge­off Fern. Later Tootall made the early pace be­fore a fly­ing Giles caught him and hit the front at Tower. The Dal­lara F398 racer was kept hon­est by Tootall to the close as they left Mark Smith in a dis­tant third place.

1 Peter Morris (996); 2 Mark Mcaleer (996) +0.215s; 3 Kevin Har­ri­son (996); 4 Chris Dyer (Cay­man S); 5 Richard El­lis (996); 6 Michael Price (996). CW Andy Toon (Boxster S). FL Mcaleer 1m31.709s (83.42mph). P Morris. S 16. 1 Mike John­son (996); 2 Morris +0.775s; 3 Mcaleer; 4 Har­ri­son; 5 El­lis; 6 Dyer. CW Steve Cheetham (Boxster S). FL John­son 1m31.605s (83.51mph). P Morris. S 16.

1 Colin Simp­son (Mar­cos Man­tis); 2 Barry Smith (Cater­ham 7) +3.602s; 3 Andy Robin­son (Ford Fal­con); 4 Andy Wil­son (Holden Monaro); 5 Paul Bry­don (BMW M3); 6 Fin­lay Crocker (Honda Civic TCR). CW Crocker; Matthew Kirkby (Cater­ham C400); Mark Ley­bourne (West­field FW); David Brewis (Suzuki SC100). FL Smith 1m28.817s (86.13mph). P Simp­son. S 24.

1 Bry­don; 2 Mike Cutt (BMW M3) +10.828s; 3 Crocker; 4 An­drew Mor­ri­son (SEAT Leon Cup); 5 Wil­son; 6 Robin­son. CW Crocker; Scott Hubel (Peu­geot 205 T16); Simon Mayne (AB Per­for­mance Arion); Kirkby. FL Bry­don 1m35.570s (80.05mph). P Bry­don. S 24. (Peu­geot 205 GTI); 5 Alan Thomp­son (328); 6 Dave Bot­ter­ill (Porsche 944). CW White­house; Cox; Andy Wil­son (Ford Es­cort RS); Simon Baker (Ford Fi­esta). FL Ar­mitage 1m33.657s (81.68mph). P Ar­mitage. S 18. 1 Ar­mitage; 2 Kell +47.884s; 3 White­house; 4 Thomp­son; 5 Cox; 6 Lee Un­der­wood (Honda Civic). CW White­house; Cox; Clive Cook­sey (Fi­esta). FL Ar­mitage 1m36.016s (79.67mph). P Ar­mitage. S 18.

1 Crocker; 2 Cutt +7.839s; 3 Robin­son; 4 Kirkby; 5 Ar­mitage; 6 Hubel. CW Cutt; Kirkby; Hubel; Cook­sey. FL Crocker 1m28.608s (86.34mph). P Cutt. S 18.

1 Cutt; 2 Smith +0.505s; 3 Kirkby; 4 Robin­son; 5 Hubel; 6 Ron Harper (Tri­umph Spit­fire). CW Kirkby; Hubel; Crocker; Gary Bow­ers (BMW E46); Cook­sey. FL Robin­son 1m30.491s (84.54mph). P Crocker. S 16.

GTI Mk2s. Pole­man Christo­pher San­ders had missed sec­ond gear at the start and had to fight back. Hance was in sec­ond from Brook­lands early on, with cham­pi­onship leader Chris Webb tak­ing third, both at the ex­pense of Tim Hart­land.

But as Hart­land fought back to rechal­lenge Webb, San­ders caught them both and fi­nally grabbed third around the out­side of Brook­lands four laps from home, while Hart­land got the bet­ter of Webb for fourth.

Just stay­ing on the track was an achieve­ment in race two, with stand­ing wa­ter on the cir­cuit. Hart­land was off at Brook­lands on the first lap, while Porter and San­ders got away. San­ders had the lead when Porter went straight on at Copse shortly af­ter, but Porter closed the gap again and got by at Luffield in the clos­ing stages, only for San­ders to surge back through Wood­cote.

On the fi­nal lap Porter was ahead again at Copse, but San­ders found the out­side line at Luffield and that move was de­ci­sive. Webb fin­ished third and Matthew Petts took fourth and a class win, tak­ing David Aldridge around the out­side of Wood­cote as the flag was read­ied.

It was hon­ours even be­tween Ni­cholas Reeve and Bradley Burns in the Fi­esta Ju­niors. Although Burns had the edge into Copse at the start of the first race, Reeve soon snatched it back be­fore a mul­ti­ple shunt at Beck­etts brought out the safety car. When it went green again, the duel con­tin­ued which al­lowed cham­pi­onship leader Harry Good­ing to close.

Side-by-side from Brook­lands to Wood­cote with a lap to go, Burns was back ahead only for Reeve to snatch his maiden vic­tory in the dash to the flag, the pair well clear of Good­ing in third.

Burns led from the start of race two and took a lights-to-flag win over Reeve. They had es­caped early on as a six-car bat­tle en­sued for third. Good­ing again headed the charge, briefly los­ing out to Lochlan Bear­man, only to claim it back and just hold out to the che­quered flag.

The top six were fairly spread out in the first multi-class Fi­esta race, with Alas­tair Kel­lett well clear from the start. Stu­art Rob­bins and Jamie White then both ousted John Cooper from sec­ond and Rob­bins be­gan to close Kel­lett’s lead. They were nose-to­tail onto the last lap with Rob­bins mak­ing the win­ning move into Copse, while Cooper com­pleted the podium af­ter three track limit penal­ties dropped White to fifth.

Rob­bins made it two hav­ing led from the start of the sec­ond race, with Kel­lett sec­ond through­out and White re­tain­ing third af­ter a duel with Cooper ended when his ri­val pit­ted.

In­ter­mar­que cham­pi­onship leader Mal­colm Black­man took his Vaux­hall Ti­gra to a sev­enth vic­tory in heavy rain, with Steve Bur­rows’ Peu­geot 206 se­cur­ing sec­ond when Lewis Smith’s Ti­gra spun. Simon Smith’s BMW Z4 com­pleted the podium as the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions brought the red flags out.

The sec­ond race built up to a ter­rific fi­nal lap shoot-out with Simon Smith lead­ing out of Wood­cote af­ter Keith White’s BMW Z4 had ear­lier de­moted Black­man. Bur­rows rounded off the podium, with early pace­set­ters Black­man and Lewis Smith drop­ping to fourth and fifth.

Aaron Thomp­son and Sa­muel Priest en­gaged in an early duel in the first Fi­esta Class C race, but as the rain came down again, third placed Myles Baker lost it on the pits straight, clipped Jay Daniels and piled into the pit wall. The safety car was out again, leav­ing a two-lap sprint to the flag when the race restarted. Thomp­son just held on af­ter a mas­sive chal­lenge from Al­fonso Skriczka came up short by just 0.019s, with Priest third hav­ing ear­lier lost out to Skriczka at Copse. Simon Hor­robin won race two, from Nathan Ed­wards and Priest.

Char­lie Cudlipp took a dou­ble Pro­duc­tion GTI Mk 5 win over Andy Baylie and Mar­tyn Walsh.

1 JPR Uvio (Gra­ham Roberts/ Far­quini Deott); 2 Track Torque 2 Rent Domi­nos (Henry Dawes/ Neil Bur­roughs) +1m07.449s; 3 CCS Media (Nigel Green­sall/ Ciro Caran­nante/ Robert Tom­lin­son/alan Hon­ar­mand); 4 Eco Rac­ing 209 (Tom Mills/ Paul Turner/ Paul Abra­ham); 5 Des­patch­bay.com (Andy Bick­nell/james Lit­tle­john); 6 Eco Rac­ing 61 (Rory Brown/ Alan Brown). Fastest lap Apollo Mo­tor­sport (Harry Mailer) 1m17.886s (75.82mph). Pole Team Vik­ing Self Stor­age (Jim Had­field/ Nick Nunn/ Mark Holme). Starters 24.

1 Nick Porter; 2 Adam Hance +0.941s; 3 Christo­pher San­ders; 4 Tim Hart­land; 5 Chris Webb; 6 Paul Fore­man, Class win­ner Paul Cow­land. FL Hance 1m12.019s (82.00mph). P San­ders. S 18.

1 San­ders; 2 Porter +0.408s; 3 Webb; 4 Matthew Petts; 5 David Aldridge; 6 Alis­tair Miles. CW Petts. FL Miles 1m26.347s (68.39mph). P Porter. S 16.

1 Ni­cholas Reeve; 2 Bradley Burns +0.410s; 3 Harry Good­ing; 4 Cal­lum Hawkin­sRow; 5 James Hillery; 6 Danny Har­ri­son. FL Reeve 1m11.425s (82.68mph). P Reeve. S 16.

1 Burns; 2 Reeve +1.555s; 3 Good­ing; 4 Lochlan Bear­man; 5 Lewis Kent; 6 Hillery. FL Bear­man 1m15.235s (78.49mph). P Reeve. S 14. P Kel­lett. S 14.

1 Rob­bins; 2 Kel­lett +2.109s; 3 White; 4 Youhill; 5 King; 6 Jones. CW DendySadler; Chris Horne. FL Rob­bins 1m17.141s (76.55mph). P Rob­bins. S 14.

1 Mal­colm Black­man (Vaux­hall Ti­gra); 2 Steve Bur­rows (Peu­geot 206) +2.351s; 3 Simon Smith (BMW Z4); 4 Lewis Smith (Vaux­hall Ti­gra); 5 Chris Ayling (Vaux­hall Ti­gra); 6 Ray Har­ris (Mercedes SLK). CW An­thony Ben­nett (Cater­ham R300; Mick Lin­nett (Cater­ham R400). FL L Smith 1m15.063s (78.67mph). P Black­man. S 18.

1 S.smith; 2 Keith White (BMW Z4) +0.113s; 3 Bur­rows; 4 Black­man; 5 L Smith; 6 Mike Thur­ley (Vaux­hall Ti­gra). CW Ben­nett; Lin­nett. FL Philip Black­ford (Peu­geot 206) 1m06.226s (89.17mph). P Thur­ley. S 18.

1 Aaron Thomp­son; 2 Al­fonso Skriczka +0.019s; 3 Sa­muel Priest; 4 Ryan Faulcon­bridge; 5 Scott Robert­son; 6 JJ Ross. FL Robert­son 1m19.710s (74.08mph). P Simon Hor­robin. S 18. 1 Hor­robin; 2 Nathan Ed­wards +0.395s; 3 Priest; 4 Myles Baker; 5 Robert­son; 6 Jamie Go­ing. FL Priest 1m10.370s (83.92mph). P Hor­robin. S 18.

Ken Sav­age won two UK Lo­tus Cup races Wil­liams’ Evora (r) took two tight wins

Dav­i­son took PBMW glory

Porter (left) won the first GTI run

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