Double podium at rounds 7+8 in the MR2 Race Series at Brands Hatch.

After watching England’s opening qualifying game against Italy late Saturday night we were all relived that qualifying was not until 11.50 the next morning, race 1 was at 4pm and race 2 at 6.15pm.


Once again a packed grid of 34 cars on the Indy circuit would prove difficult finding space to get a decent time with grid position being everything on this 1.2 mile circuit. Amazingly the top 4 cars all managed a time of 59.4 so the race looked like it was going to be a 4-way fight for the win. My 59.48 put me 4th on the grid and on the outside of the second row for race 1.

Race 1

A good start saw me jump ahead of second place man Adam and although I had contact on my right rear quarter panel into turn 1, I was able to hold onto second position for the opening lap and the next 5 laps. A mistake at Druids saw me loose 2 places back to 4th but feeling pretty annoyed I was determined to get back ahead. It took 2 laps before I could overtake Nathan Wright ahead for 3rd position but once past I soon had Adam behind me battling for my position. This 15 lap race finished with me keeping 3rd and there being only 1.6 seconds gap from 1st to 4th.

Race 2

Starting from 3rd, Adam got the jump on me on the opening lap down into Graham Hill bend and the leading 3 pulled a small gap on me during this opening lap, by lap 6  I’d managed to close the gap when the Safety Car was deployed for a car in the gravel at Paddock and bodywork over the track at Clearways, at the end of lap 7 the Safety Car pulled in and we were free to race once more. I didn’t realise he’d pulled in as he turned his lights off at the last minute and duct in down the pit lane. The leading 3 pulled away and I was immediately put under pressure from Jon Winter in his Hyundai who was trying to take advantage, I managed to hold him off for the remainder of the lap and then once more set about catching the lead cars. By lap 11 I’d caught them and was able to challenge for 3rd position. The remaining 4 laps I spend swapping position with Arron, bumper to bumper, side by side with no contact what so ever. He took the flag half a car’s length in front of me; however he’d been given a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits which dropped him down to 6th which promoted me to 3rd.

Both race 1 and race 2 footage are in our Video’s section.

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