Brands Quick Report
Fun in the Sun
It was difficult to believe it was still April, with 3 rounds behind us and the sun bright and hot as Mono paid its visit to the ever popular Brands Indy circuit.
The first race (1000/1600/1800) was won by Adrian Wright after fantastic on track action between Dax Ward and Mark Fortune ended with the former blown up and the latter excluded, with 4 other 1000's for technical issues. Dan Levy was promoted to second and Peter Bragg third overall, winning 1800. The 3rd 1000 was Len Turner. Julian Hoskins and Malcolm Cook completed the 1800 podium whilst the 1600 class was won by Jeremy Timms (turning in the usual amazing performance) ahead of cousin Jason Timms and champion Nigel Davers.
Saturday's 2 litre/1400 race was won by 9 seconds by Tristan Cliffe from regular Renault driver Kourosh Khani making his Mono debut in Yunuus Amiere's FR. Malcolm Scott brought the now-refettled and still immaculate Andy Waters tended F398 to third. All after a lengthy safety car period prompted by Lou Watts and Jim Timms coming together on the exit of Druids. Peter Venn took the Classic win, from Kevin Otway and Jeremy Goodman, whilst Geoff Fern wrapped up the 1400 top step ahead of Chris Hill and Steve Cave (who wasn't actually a 1400 but a 1000 at 1400 weight).
Sunday was bright with a cold wind. Mark Fortune took the 1000 win from Stuart Digby and Adrian Wright. As surely as morning follows dawn Pete Bragg took the 1800 class, ahead of Julian Hoskins, again, and John Whitbourn. Jeremy Timms failed to finish, so the 1600 win went to Jason, with Nigel Davers second and David Parkinson 3rd, whilst new man Mat Jordan brought the Fern FVJ into fourth.
Last Mono race of the weekend was another Tristan win, with Malcolm Scott moving up this time to second, Richard Purcell finishing third. Kourosh Khani had a coming together which put him out. Shock and awe greeted the classic result - Peter Venn was pipped by Kevin Otway. Francis Philips was third. The form book was followed for 1400 with Geoff Fern winning from Chris Hill (thinks - wasn't Gary supposed to be sharing?) and Steve Cave.
On a personal note, all praise to the safety car operations in the Saturday 2000 race where the safety car was driven briskly, well signalled and picked up the leaders efficiently. Also to the whole MSVR team for a meeting which ran consistently on time- or early - with clear and effective paddock announcements.