Brands Hatch – 11/12th November, Rounds 15 & 16

Toyo Tires/Watchdogapp.com Jaguar Saloon & GT Championship

21 Jaguars assembled at the natural amphitheatre of Brands Hatch in Kent for the final two rounds of the championship, surprisingly with all of the four individual classes & overall positions still up for grabs.

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Testing

Testing on Friday teased out a few problems with Stewart suffering braking issues, as in lack of & Tom Butterfield experiencing waning oil pressure, both thankfully cured in time for Saturday qualifying . Holt had a more serious problem, with rear hub failure suddenly resulting in a 25% decrease in wheels at the fast Clearways right-hander. This was resolved by Saturday morning with the assistance of Colin Philpott’s Powerbell company. The car restored to its full wheel complement, also allowing qualifying participation. Hub failures on outboard brake cars have resulted due to the prodigious grip of the Toyo tyres teamed with the increased power delivered to the wheels as the cars are driven to, and beyond, the limit.

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Qualifying

The track was extremely slippery due to the inclement weather & residual lubricant deposited by truck racing the previous weekend. Due to clutch problems, Simon Lewis only ran the mandatory three laps to ensure a grid position for the race. Tim Morrant’s XJ6 managed two laps before a high-pressure oil cooler hose disconnected, adding yet more jeopardy to the already challenging track. Excellent work by Tom Barclay Racing ensured he was able to race, not wasting his excellent seventh qualifying position. Due to the deteriorated track conditions, most drivers set their fastest times early in the session. Ramm headed Philpott by a huge 1.5 seconds to annexe pole, with Frost taking 3rd. Derek Pearce, finally getting the XK8 honed to his exacting requirements, achieved a strong fourth. Holt led Class A from Stewart & Kevin Dickins.

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Tim Morrant Squeezed Between Dave Bye And Tom Robinson Rg
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Race 1

Although weather conditions appeared favourable, light was fading fast & the circuit remained a challenge due to fluids on the track surface, especially at the critical ‘turn in’ for the intimidating Paddock Hill Bend. A rolling start ensured plenty of action at the first corner entry as drivers jockeyed for position. Ramm led off the line to head Philpott, with Frost & Pearce challenging each other behind.

Butterfield survived a big moment at the bottom of Paddock but recovered well, only to stop on lap 3 , unusually with a fractured thermostat housing causing massive coolant loss.

Connew led Robinson until the 2nd Lap, when the XJR found a way past. Meanwhile, up ahead, Pearce was delivering his best race in recent history as his XK8, nearly got on terms with Frost. Robinson’s XJR & Connew’s XJ6 close behind. Meanwhile Lewis, who started from the back, fought his way from 20th to 9th, earning a well-earned ‘Drive of the Day’ award in the process. In the very slippery conditions, Simon Dunford & Kevin Dickins (amongst others) spun but recovered without any damage, save their egos, whilst Doyle had an almighty spin all down Paddock but continued. Dave Bye hit the same patch, sliding to end up inches from the edge of the track, immovable in the gravel trap. In such a vulnerable position, the officials had no safe choice but to stop the race with five minutes to go.

Meanwhile Holt had driven a surefooted race to take class A. Gail Hill & Sewell had a mighty battle whilst Stewart experienced an electric hiccough in the middle of Clearways, throwing him into a spin. In probably the most difficult conditions we have seen all season, this penultimate race of the championship season certainly challenged the drivers.

Winner : James Ramm, Runner Up Colin Philpott,3rd Rodney Frost

Class A : Winner Michael Holt, Runner Up Kevin Dickins, 3rd Simon Blunt

Class B : Winner Rodney Frost, Runner Up Tim Morrant, 3rd Chris Boon

Class C : Winner James Ramm, Runner Up Colin Philpott, 3rd Guy Connew.

Class D : Winner Derek Pearce, Runner Up Tom Robinson, 3rd Adam Powderham

Drive of the Day Simon Lewis

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Race 2

Again, although conditions were officially recorded as dry & bright, there was a serious greasy patch near the pit wall where the sun and curative chemicals had not reached. Unfortunately, the relevant warning flags were not displayed until 4 minutes from the end of the race. Bye & Butterfield, having been non-finishers from race 1, were starting from the back of the grid & were expected to power through. As the rolling start commenced, Stewart, who was on the slippery section, lost adhesion & cannoned into the fast-starting Bye, before hitting the pit wall, bringing out the red flag to recover car & driver, who was thankfully unhurt.

Meanwhile, Philpott had a big spin, hitting the barrier square on at the foot of Paddock. He was able to take the restart but fell back through the pack due to the resultant side damage, finishing fourth in Class. On the resumption of the race, Ramm galloped off into the gloom to win from a hard-charging Connew, who drove a fine race, earning ‘Drive of the Day’ award. In a reverse of his drive up the field in Saturdays race, Lewis couldn’t get any gears at Druids & fell from 9th to last place.

Meanwhile Frost & Robinson mastered the conditions to finish 3rd & 4th and class winners. The Start/Finish straight slippery surface caught out Morrant, who hit the barrier on the outside of the circuit & retired. Pearce also had a mighty spin, but managed to avoid the barrier but dropped to 11th by the finish. Gail Hill, Chris Boon & Adam Powderham had a fine battle, with Boon finally passing the other two. In a rerun of race 1, the finishing order in Class A was identical. Unfortunately, as a result of the startline accident, the race duration was reduced to 10 minutes.

Results :

Winner : James Ramm, Runner Up Guy Connew, 3rd Rodney Frost

Class A : Winner Michael Holt, Runner Up Kevin Dickins, 3rd Simon Blunt

Class B : Winner Rodney Frost, Runner Up Tom Butterfield, 3rd Chris Boon

Class C : Winner James Ramm, Runner Up Guy Connew, 3rd Dave Bye

Class D : Winner Tom Robinson, Runner Up Patrick Doyle, 3rd Adam Powderham

Drive of the Day Guy Connew

The end of the long 16 round season was very dramatic with class winners & championship winner being fought to the bitter end. These will be issued on completion of the verification process.

Race Results

Fastest Laps

Fastest LapDriverClassRace Time
Class Michael HoltA
Class Chris PizzalaC
Class James RammC

Results for Class Adam Powderham

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Alasdair Mcgregor

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Ben Walker

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Bruce Cologne-Brookes

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Chris Boon

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Chris Pizzala

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Cliff Ryan

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Colin Peach

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Colin Philpott

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Daniel Stewart

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Dave Bye

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class David Bye

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class David Howard

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Dean Sewell

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Derek Pearce

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Gail Hill

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Gary Davis

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Guy Connew

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Howard Kirkham

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Ian Drage

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class James Ramm

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Kevin Dickins

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Kevin Doyle

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Lawrence Coppock

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Michael Holt

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Nick Wade

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Patrick Doyle

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

Results for Class Ray Ingman

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Richard Coppock

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Richard Crossley

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Richard Knott

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Rodney Frost

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Roger Webster

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Simon Blunt

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Simon Dunford

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Simon Lewis

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Thomas Barclay

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stA

Results for Class Thomas Butterfield

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Tim Morrant

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stB

Results for Class Tom Lenthall

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stC

Results for Class Tom Robinson

PositionDriverTotal TimeFastest Lap
1stD

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