Fireworks set to fly as BARC heads to Brands Hatch

02 Nov 17

Fireworks are set to fly both on and off the track this weekend (November 4/5) as six championships descend on Brands Hatch for a title-deciding two days of action.

A now traditional and popular date on the racing calendar, this year’s trucks and fireworks extravaganza at the Kent circuit is set to be bigger and better than ever.

With a stunning firework display set to bring the weekend to a close on Sunday evening, it is all to play for with 21 races scheduled to be run.

In the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC), Ryan Smith sits on the verge of defending the Division 1 title he won at the corresponding round last year. Enjoying another strong campaign in 2017, Smith needs to score just a handful of points to become a two-time champion.

Stuart Oliver remains the only man to stop Smith; however he will likely need a maximum scoring weekend and bad luck to strike his rival to prevail.

Mika Makinen will look to sign off his year in style after already being crowned Division 2 champion. Expect to see a host of drivers looking to overhaul the Finnish racer and end their campaigns on a high.

Elsewhere, the Pickup Truck Racing Championship crown is still to be decided with Scott Bourne and Mark Willis set to go head-to-head for it. Both have been consistent front-runners throughout the season and with two races left, the pendulum could swing either day.

One man to look out for in the series as well will be 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan, who will be making a guest appearance at the wheel of the Pirtek-liveried Matt Roach Racing machine.

The MRF UK Nationals Legends Cars Championship is also set to stage a head-to-head duel for title silverware too, with John Mickel and Ben Power primed for battle. The pair have been the pace-setters thus far with 14 wins each however it is multiple-champion Mickel that enters the weekend with the advantage.

Boasting a 33-car entry list, it is all to play both overall and in the battle to win a BTCC prize test with HMS Racing.

Rod Birley will seek to round out another stellar season at the wheel of his Ford Escort WRC with an additional two victories. Birley has already secured an unassailable lead in the Quaife Modified Saloon Car Championship but that is unlikely to stop him from continuing his charge. Other names to look out for include Sean Fairweather and Riku Garner.

Malcolm Blackman’s charge to the Scrapco/Avon Intermarque Championship has been an impressive one so expect him to shine around the Indy circuit as well.

Rounding out the action this weekend is the Qusife/Cannons Tin Tops Championship, which has Daniel Fisher and JJ Ross locked in a battle for the overall title.