Mark Winwood provided one of the unexpected surprises of the season at Brands Hatch when he took a well-deserved overall victory after finishing second in the sprint race, followed by victory in the endurance. Mark didn’t have it all his own way, as a postrace stewards panel deemed Mark to have jumped the start of the sprint and received a 10 second time penalty, forcing him down to fourth, however he showed his determination and quickly bounced back and after 28 laps crossed the finish line to take his and Team Yobs first win of the championship – followed closely by Julian Thomas.
The sprint race was a tightly contended affair, with Darren Kirk coming out with the victory, followed across the line by Mark, John and Julian. After the penalty, the order changed with John second, Julian third and Mark fourth. John took the overall fastest lap. Sam made a surprise improvement to 5th place, followed by Stephen Dye with a career best 6th. With the grid inverted for race two, Sanjoy and Kevin found themselves on the front of the grid. After a smooth first corner, carnage broke out in Druids causing a lot of cars to try and claim the same piece of tarmac after some very late braking (we’ve been reliably informed that the brake was applied, albeit gently) from Lee Cordell. Going into Graham Hill, Stephen Dye took the ‘alternative’ line across the grass and span, sending Darren Kirk across the grass, into a spin and dead last, 20 seconds down on the leaders. Julian, John and Mark quickly took the top three positions after the pack and shaken out a bit. After a few lead changes between the top three, John made a mistake in Druids and was surprised to see Darren charging through the field and up to third. He would eventually catch up to within 2 seconds of the lead on lap 27, taking the fastest lap, before his tyres went through Paddock Hill but managed to hold third in front of John. Once again, Sam crossed the line in 5th place, equalling his best result with Dan Fox in 6th, Lee in 7th and Kevin in 8th. Posh Stiffy had their own battle at the back with Stephen Dye besting his stand in team mate Sanjoy after Dan Cooke decided to spend his evening in sunny Portugal with an overheated laptop.
Overall standings for the event left Mark with the victory with 38 points, with Darren with 37, Julian 34 and John with 30.
Darren extends his lead at the top of the championship to 9 points over John, with Julian and Mark within 18 points of the lead. There is a bit of a gap before the tight midfield, with just 14 points covering 5th – 10th.
|Driver||Number||Team||Wins||Podiums||Fastest Laps||Top 5||Races||Points|
|D. Kirk||5||Bandito Racing||3||9||4||9||10*||154|
|J. Holman||7||Team Foxhole||3||7||2||8||8||147|
|J. Thomas||1||Team Racelogic||2||6||4||9||10*||130|
|M. Winwood||3||Team Yob||1||4||0||10||10*||124|
|S. Newland||6||Bandito Racing||1||2||0||7||10||106|
|D. Fox||8||Team Foxhole||0||0||0||1||10||64|
|S. Dye||10||Posh Stiffy Racing||0||0||0||1||10||50|
|K. Bursnall||4||Team Yob||0||0||0||1||8||40|
|O. Khan||13||Team Racelogic||0||1||0||2||4||34|
|D. Cooke||9||Posh Stiffy Racing||0||0||0||0||6||30|
|L. Cordell||2||Team Racelogic||0||0||0||0||4||17|
|G. Watson||14||Posh Stiffy Racing||0||0||0||0||2||3|
Bandito Racing overtook Team Foxhole in the Teams Standings, with just one point separating the two teams. Team Yob and Team Racelogic find themselves only 3 points apart, with Posh Stiffy Racing bringing up the rear.
|Position||Team||Wins||Podiums||Fastest Laps||Top 5s||Races||Points|
|5||Posh Stiffy Racing||0||0||0||1||10||86|