btra-jr-brands-nov-38

Incident packed final day!

On the Sunday a huge crowd braved bitterly cold conditions to see five more action-packed races at Brands.

With the Division 2 field split in the last two races the organisers decided only the first three events of the weekend would be scored for official championship points.

In Division 2 Frans Smit took top points in all three races (although he’d been beaten to line in one of the Saturday outings by ‘guest’ racer Mika Makinen).

Paul McCumisky was the best performing Brit in the category – taking his sideways Volvo to 5th, 2nd and 3rd placings in the points races…. which lifted him to third overall in the championship standings, behind Champion Bint and runner-up John Powell.

Rainmaster Reid

In Division One new Champion Smith won two of the closely contested Sunday races with Stuart Oliver also scoring a victory.

Unfortunately Race 3 had to be aborted after a massive startline shunt which wrecked Luke Garrett’s Renault.

Perhaps the most exciting race of the weekend – for those courageous enough to stand around in the cold, wet – and near-darkness – was the very last race of the day.

It was Simon Reid (Iveco) who stormed through to win the very final outing of the year – which finished in almost total darkness!

The Iveco driver took an early lead and ran away to win by over 26 seconds.

But the real fight was for the other podium spots. Local driver Steve Powell put up a spirited defence in second for the first five laps – but eventually Jenkins sliced down the inside and then a pack of six others proceed to chase after him.

Jenks held on to take the runner-up spot just one second ahead of Stuart Oliver. Summerfield was only 0.23s behind the Volvo with Brereton only 0.421s back in fifth. New Champ Ryan Smith (with no front lights!) came home sixth – half a second back – with Ray Coleman close behind with Oly Janes right on his tail.

The race only lasted eight laps – due to failing light – but just about everybody showed great skill and patience to maintain control in such appalling conditions.