Brands Hatch next up for a host of BARC championships

20 Sep 17

The British Automobile Racing Club heads to Brands Hatch this weekend for a pivotal two days of racing for a number of championships.

Now heading into the final stretch of the 2017 season, the unique challenges of the Kent circuit’s Indy layout is set to throw up further excitement and drama as title battles continue.

A champion will be crowned in the Junior Saloon Car Championship, with four drivers in mathematical contention. In what has been another enthralling campaign for the 14 to 17-year-old series, the final two races of the year will see the title decided.

Wil Dyrdal heads into the weekend in the box seat with a six-point advantage over Ethan Hammerton. Sam Kirkpatrick and Gordon Mutch hold outside chances of being crowned champion meanwhile and shouldn’t be counted out of the equation just yet.

The Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship makes the first of two visits to Brands Hatch after launching earlier this month. JSCC title challenger Hammerton will be one to watch as he finds himself hopping between cars throughout the weekend.

Max Marzorati and Connor Grady are tied at the top of the points as the grid grows in size with Harry Gooding joining the fray. Producing non-stop entertainment last time out, more of the same is expected this weekend in the newest junior category.

There will be further tin top action from the Michelin Clio Cup Series too, with Ben Palmer and Anton Spire continuing their fight for the title. Both have been standout performers this year with Palmer holding the edge over the Westbourne Motorsport driver currently.

Shanel Drewe will also be looking to extend her advantage in the Road class after springboarding herself to the summit of the points at Anglesey.

In the Max5 Racing Championship, the fight at the front between Ian Loversidge and Jon Halliwell looks set to rage on as they go wheel-to-wheel in the one-make championship. Both are in a tussle for the Class C crown too, with Loversidge holding a slender advantage.

Expect to see bumper-to-bumper action in the Hyundai Coupe Cup too as a big grid descends on the Kent venue. Coming to the end of their second full season, the series has gone from strength-to-strength and looks set to end on a high.

Notable names to look out for include Alex Cursley, Steve Kite and William Taylforth.

Rounding off the bumper programme of racing will be a trio of championships from the BARC’s South East Centre. The Quaife Modified Saloon Car Championship, Cannon Motorspares Tin Tops Championship and Scrapco Intermarque Championship are regular fixtures and Brands Hatch, bringing their own x-factor.