BARC signs off 2017 season in spectacular fashion at Brands Hatch

20 Nov 17

The British Automobile Racing Club signed off the 2017 season in fine style at Brands Hatch this past weekend (November 18/19) as a host of championships hit the track for the final time.

In what has been another blockbuster year of racing, which started back in mid-March, the Kent circuit saw contrasting conditions spice up the action further as drivers batted for supremacy.

History was made in the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Championship as Jack Young became the inaugural champion. Launching in September, the tin top category has gone from strength-to-strength with the grid continuing to grow in stature.

Heading into the weekend at the summit of the points with another six drivers in mathematical contention, the MRM Racing driver held his nerve to take a brace of podium finishes and secure the title ahead of Max Marzorati.

At the front of the field in both races, Lorcan Hanafin emerged as the man to beat as he swept his way to a brace of wins, ensuring he finished fourth overall - just ten points behind Ethan Hammerton in third.

The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Winter Series produced plenty of action over both days, with four races taking place.

Tipped as one of the favourites heading into the weekend, rookie champion Kiern Jewiss set his stall out as the driver to beat as he splashed his way to both wins on Saturday. Adam Smalley kept himself within touching distance of Jewiss come the end of day one and soon made in-roads on day two.

Sweeping his way to both wins on Sunday, the Elite Motorsport driver wrestled the points lead off of Jewiss to be crowned 2017 champion, a fitting end to his maiden season in the 14 to 17-year-old category.

In the Dunlop Endurance Championship, racing went into darkness on both days, further adding the spectacle. In the 50-minute sprint race the Ferrari 458 pairing of Bonamy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem emerged as the winners.

Race two, the longer two-hour encounter which also saw sprint winners declared after 50 minutes, proved to be quite the thriller. Callum Lockie and David Mason piloted their Ferrari to lead the way in the sprint classification whilst Rob Wheldon and Stefano Leaney took the overall win in their Radical RXC GT3 Coupe.

A special pair of BARC South East Centre Sports & Saloon races were also staged over the weekend, with Martyn Scott and Paul Watson winning. The meeting also saw a return to racing for Rod Birley, who was back in action at the wheel of his Honda Integra a few weeks after suffering a high-speed impact into the pitwall.

Birley tasted success in a special one-off pit stop race as he paired with Jon Bevan to add another win to his already impressive CV.

Spoils were shared in the Dunlop Mini Se7en & Dunlop Mini Miglia races as Lee Deegan and Nick Padmore topped the rostrum, which rounded off the weekend’s track action.

For the full classification of results, click here.