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Rounds two and three of the Thoroughbred Championship were  at Brands Hatch over the two days of the 4th and 5th May and had a total entry of nineteen drivers.  The race was to be amalgamated with the Peter Best Championship so with their twelve entries there were 31 on the grid for practice.

A bright and dry weekend was the order with the qualifying for both rounds on the Saturday morning at 09.04 with the first and second fastest times of each driver giving the grid positions for rounds two and three.


Qualifying times for both rounds put Russell McCarthy on Pole Position with Joe Parrington second on row one.  Simon Brands Hatch - MG Spring Race Meeting - Thoroughbred Sportscars & Peter Best ChallengeCripps and Neil Fowler on row two, Jon Ellison and Ian Prior on row three, Ken Deamer and Peter Barnard on row four.

Second overall Joe Parrington also second in both races, but a belt fell off his engine in qualifying and caused damage making the weekend races he had planned disappear.   He packed up and travelled the 300 miles home with the 600 mile round trip weekend a very expensive experience.

ROUND TWO - Saturday 4th May

From the lights Simon Cripps dived through from row two to take the lead round Paddock Hill Bend followed by Russell McCarthy, Ian Prior and Neil Fowler with Jon Ellison next.   Just a few lengths behind Ken Deamer and Barry Holmes.   Then a gap had developed between Class B leader Peter Barnard who had Babak Farsian and Colin Jones a couple of seconds behind him. Down in Class A Peter Hiscocks and Martyn Clews had a few close laps.

Brands Hatch - MG Spring Race Meeting - Thoroughbred Sportscars & Peter Best ChallengeAll change on lap eight when the Safety Car positioned himself to take the leaders round after an incident.  An announcement had gone out that Simon Cripps who was in the lead at this stage had a ten second penalty but Ian Prior and Russell McCarthy were within half a second behind.  The results screen changed to show Ian Prior as the leader so the safety car pulled out in front of Ian allowing Simon to carry on to join the back of the field, now one lap in front.

By Lap thirteen the safety car pulled in and the grid started to race again.   Up front Ian Prior took control followed by Russell McCarthy, Jon Ellison, Barry Holmes and Ken Deamer.  Babak Farsian now in charge of Class B  leading Peter Barnard and Colin Jones.  In Class A Peter Hiscocks was still just in front of Martyn Clews but Jon Sandilands was coming up to soon join the dice.

By lap twenty one the flag came out to Simon Cripps with Ian Prior coming over the line some 31 seconds behind him followed by Jon Ellison in third.  Russell had overheated and had crossed the line in the pit lane but still managed to come home fourth in class D and Lawrence Wood out for the first time in his Costello V8 in his first race came home fifth Brands Hatch - MG Spring Race Meeting - Thoroughbred Sportscars & Peter Best Challengein class.

Class C with only two out made a good show with Phillip Lambe just crossing the line in front of Ben White.    Class B Peter Barnard retook the class lead with Colin Jones second from Babak Farsian third and Ben Tovey fourth.  Jon Sandilands had pulled himself up through to take the A class honours crossing the line with Peter Hiscocks beside him followed home by Martyn Clews.

Non finishers were Ken Deamer who met an immovable object and Martin Barrow in the Jag E Type who went grass-tracking.  Brands Hatch - MG Spring Race Meeting - Thoroughbred Sportscars & Peter Best ChallengeNeil Fowler had mechanical problems and retired.

Congratulations go to

Simon Cripps for his overall and Class D Win     To Phillip Lambe for his Class C Win

To Peter Barnard for his Class B Win   And to Jon Sandilands for his Class A win.

ROUND THREE - Sunday 5th May

Poleman Russell McCarthy had spent the Saturday evening stripping down his engine and replacing the head gaskets which he found was the cause of his overheating.

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 That enabled him to take up his position alone on the front row.  From the lights Simon Cripps again dived through from row two to pull alongside round Paddock Hill bend with the same gaggle of V8’s behind.

As the field passed down Paddock Hill bend one of the PBI cars ended up in the gravel on the outside and Colin Jones found himself on the inside having been in a vulnerable position both cars out of the race.

Russell maintained his overall lead until lap seven when Simon dived through and stayed in charge for three laps, Russell retaking the lead on lap ten holding off Simon to the flag.  Behind Ian Prior and Neil Fowler  further down the field keeping in contact until Neil had engine problems and pulled off on lap seventeen.   Jon Ellison kept good pace having a race long fight with Barry Holmes and Peter Barnard.

DSC_0479 (1024x681)A little further back Babak Farsian having a lonely race but Ben Tovey and Lawrence Wood had a close dice for most of the race.

Class A Jon Sandilands and Class C Philip Lambe class winners with Martyn Clews finishing the field now down  to eleven at the flag.

Congratulations go to

Russell McCarthy for his overall and Class D Win.  To Phillip Lambe For his Class C Win

To Peter Barnard For his Class B Win  And to Jon Sandilands For his Class A Win.

Pam McCarthy


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