Mangoes and does it again

Mangoes Racing win a dramatic Brands Hatch Grand Prix race

  • Mangoes and does it again


Mangoes Racing win a dramatic Brands Hatch Grand Prix race

Qualifying was all on Class A, with the second tier of the Championship locking out the front row for the first time this year – Frugal Racing on Pole with Simon Clark lining up second on the grid. AutoRevive London in the leading Class S car had to settle for fourth just behind the Saxo of Lakeland Motorsport. The leading Class B pair were separated by less than two tenths as Team Air Supply took the Class pole just ahead of GNB’s Gary Burstow. Simon Reed took the Class C pole, with his main Championship protagonists Norfolk n’ Chance, PSR and team Norfolk all within two tenth of a second of each other just behind the MINI. In Class D the Fiesta of Simply Cars took the pole just ahead of Supatune Motorsports Puma.

Following an aborted start a rolling start behind the safety car was taken, this lead to mixed fortunes in the pack. Up front the Clark Racing Porsche of Simon Clark mistakenly jumped the Frugal Racing Caterham before the line and as the Porsche slows to allow the Caterham back past, Clark was caught by the pack and fell back to fourth.

Darren Goes made up for a poor qualifying session with a great start and was up from fifth on the grid to third by the end of the first lap. A move round the outside of the Autorevive London BMW at Graham Hill followed by a move on the race leading Frugal Racing Caterham later in the lap gave Goes the lead by lap two.

Class B was close over the line, with GNB’s Burstow in the BMW trading lap times with the Team Air Supply Porsche and the Supatune MR2, all in sight of Tylah Motorsports Dean Hyde who was only just behind, albeit behind the Team ALN Ginetta.

Further down the field it was the OX4 MINI of Simon Reed leading the way in Class C, just ahead of the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio of Harding and Slater. The Simon Reed MINI having the legs on the Clio allowed it to pull away as the chasing PSR Clio running together with Class B’s LWD Motorsport caught the Norfolk Clio before technical gremlins caused the PSR car to retire. This Battle allowed the OX4 MINI to escape down the road in clear air as the pit stop window neared.

Just as the pit stop window opened, it was the Saxo of Lakeland Motorsport who jumped the Porsche of Clark Racing to take the class lead as the Frugal Racing Caterham had already jumped into the pits from the Class A lead and second on the road.

The now Class A leaders Lakeland Motorsports Ryan Steel and Clark Racings Simon Clark pitted together to now battle for the best pit stop. Also in the pits early was the Team Air supply Porsche, second in Class B and the Supatune Puma, second in Class D, both looking to close the gap to their respective class leaders.

The second placed Class C car of Norfolk n’ Chance, and the chasing Class C pack all pitted together. Just as they came into the pits the Safety Car was scrambled for the stricken Porsche of McQ motorsport. This lead to the Class C, second, third, fourth and fifth exiting the pits together as the safety car closed the pack up and neutralised the race.

With the Safety Car out on track, the pack bunched up. It would be a last lap dash to the line, as the class Leaders in Class A, Class C and Class D were now all line-a-stern on the re-start.

With one lap to go Clark Racing managed to find a way past the Lakeland Saxo of Ryan Steel for second in Class A; the win going to Frugal Motorsport, who pulled a slight gap from the battling pair behind.

The Class B victory went to GNB’s Gary Burstow, ahead of Dean Hyde from Tylah Motorsport and the Team Air Supply Porsche in third.

 Class C came down to the line with the podium positions in class being decided on the last stage of the last lap. Going into the Grand Prix loop from Surtees, it was Tylah Motorsports Alf Hyde ahead of sister Tylah car of Alan Lyne and the Norfolk n’ Chance Clio, Class B’s Apple Car Centre Fiesta was watching over just behind

On the line it was Norfolk n’ Chance who came home second in class, followed by the Apple Car Centre Fiesta, Alf Hyde managing to keep the remaining cars behind for third in Class C.

Simply Cars took the Class D win just ahead of Championship rival Jason Francis in the Supatune Motorsport in the Ford Puma, Paul Burn in the Moors Motors Fiesta coming home for third in class.

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