Goes wins at Brands Hatch Grand Prix

Darren Goes takes his 2016 debut win at Brands Hatch

  • Goes wins at Brands Hatch Grand Prix


Darren Goes takes his 2016 debut win at Brands Hatch

It was a day of firsts for Mangoes Racing’s Darren Goes, having been a familiar face on the front row throughout this year’s fixtures; Darren hadn’t actually claimed a pole position of his own – until Brands Hatch that is. An impressive lap late on in the session saw him ahead of Class S rival Mark Flower in the M3 by just three tenths of a second. The Class A battle was fierce with the top four in class separated by less than half a second, as Simon Clark and Ryan Steel beat the BMW’s of James Britton and Alistair Stenhouse!

Qualifying was again close in Class B with the top four in class separated by just two tenths of a second! The Porsche of the father and son pairing of the Wrights just beating the Abbitt brothers in their 306 who in turn were just ahead of Lewis Denslow in the Fiesta and Gary Burstow in the BMW.

Class C was a little more spread out. Although the top two were still separated by just one tenth of a second (however the struggling Class A BMW of Jordan Car Storage managed to split them on the road), with the remaining pack finding themselves just over a second behind the front runners.

When the lights went out, it was pole sitter Goes who again struggling to get off the line backed the pack on the inside line. This gave the jump to Simon Clark in the Porsche, who managed to move round the outside of Goes and take second place before the corner. A good start from Flower in the M3 giving him the lead. As the concertina effect from Goes start hit, the fast starting BMW or Stenhouse found himself boxed by the M3 of Britton alongside, this also hampered the Zenos of Sidney-Woollett who wasn’t able to make the gain from the start shown last time out at Donington.

Slow starts from the seventh row of the grid also allowed the advantage to Mark Penny and Warren Allen who pounced instantly to pass their rivals on the line, with the Porsche of Jamie Mchugh challenging for position through Paddock Hill. Denslow in the Fiesta made a great start to leapfrog the Abbitt brothers on the run to the first corner, actually challenging the Stenhouse BMW on the outside of the first corner, and again into Druids. The cars were three abreast in the run up to druids, with Mark Penny managing to go round the outside as the Wrights Porsche was squeezed on the apex of the corner.

Denslow finally made the move on the Stenhouse BMW through Graham Hill, where just ahead Team Big Skidz Kester Cook who made a great start to be alongside the Lakeland Motorsport car was still battling with Ryan Steel just managing to secure his space ahead of the Saxo of Steel on the same corner. Further back the concertina effect proved a little too much for GNB’s Gary Burstow who got unsighted by the Abbitt Motorsport 306 and with a big lock up under breaking for Graham Hill, ran wide onto the grass rejoining just behind Oliver Owen in the Clio

Class C contenders Supatune Motorsport and the Frugal Motorsport MR2 of the McDougal’s spent the first lap battling as the Frugal Motorsport car just managed to keep the Supatune car at bay.

Goes was on a mission to recover track position, and by the end of the first lap had managed to work his way past the Clark Racing Porsche and then on lap two past the M3F BMW to take the lead. Britton in the Class A M3 followed Darren through and quickly latched onto the back of the M3F car. This battle released Goes at the front of the field to start building on the advantage.

Lap two saw the fast charging Fiesta of Lego Racing pull off on the run down from Druids Corner with electrical failure.

Up front Cook, proving again to have good race pace, had worked his way up to third, overtaking the Porsche of Clark on lap six. Cook started the chase for second managing to close the gap to Flower before a moment for the Fiesta driver on lap 8 allowed the M3F BMW to escape.

On lap 7 the Lakeland Motorsport Saxo of Ryan Steel, under pressure from the Zenos of Sidney-Woollett overcooked it under breaking into clearways spinning into the gravel. This caused a temporary yellow flag, neutralising the final overtaking point of the circuit.

The Class C battle was still raging as the two title contenders in the respective MR2’s fought for track position, crossing the line on lap 9 side by side and less than 2 hundredths of a second apart; with the RKC/TGM Honda Civic of Coomber and Simmons, keeping a watchful eye over the battle.

As the pit stop window opened it was Darren Goes leading by 5 seconds ahead of the M3 of Mark Flower. Cook took the potion to pit early, coming under pressure on the track from James Britton in the White Rose Racing BMW, the early stop proved to be the correct decision as he managed to not only fend off the White Rose BMW but also jump the M3F BMW having found some clear air following his stop.

This is how they finished with Goes able to keep the creep away from Cook by tenths per lap in the closing stages and Cook able to maintain the gap to Britton. 

The pit stop window also proved pivotal in Class C where the Honda Civic of Simmons and Coomber managed to leapfrog both the MR2’s of Frugal Racing and Supatune Motorsport who finished second and third respectively.

Class B finished how it started with the Wrights just beating Deadlsow Motorsport and GNB Motorsport, by just over a second after 45 minutes of racing. Mark Penny in the VX220 and the Abbitts in the 306 trailing slightly as the flag went down.

The sole Class D car of Jason Francis in the Supatune Puma came home to reprieve the DNF at Donington and draw the Class D battle with the absent Oli O’Neill going into the last round of the season.

Third place (and first in Class A) was enough to see James Britton in the White Rose Racing secure the Class A Championship win, ahead of a late starting Simon Clark in the Clark Racing Porsche.

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