Wins for Lewis & Short but Baldwin stretches lead

Ben Short enjoyed mixed fortunes at Brands Hatch. Photo: Jon Elsey

Sixty-three Mk1 drivers rocked up to Brands Hatch last weekend for the much anticipated rounds three and four of the 2015 championship which were fought out on the 2.433 mile Grand Prix circuit.....

With the grid limit restricted to forty-four starters the drivers were split into groups A, B & C in line with their qualifying times.

The first of the three races paired the B & C groups together and local resident Stuart Symonds took the chequered flag by a very narrow margin from Solihull’s Martin Tolley with Yorkshireman William Stephenson third. Top of the C list was Rick Collins who was almost five seconds ahead of Whitchurch’s Steve Worrad with Simon Drinkall third.

The second race put the highflyers of the A group out ahead of the C group, who enjoyed their second run. Birmingham based Darron Lewis won the eleven lap race and with it he took the full points as winner of championship round three. However, current leader Simon Baldwin was in very hot pursuit just 0.382 seconds adrift. Reigning champion and guest driver for the day, James Blake-Baldwin was third just ahead of the rapidly improving Ben Tuck. Ben did take the third place points allocation as James, as a guest driver, wasn’t eligible to score championship points.  Graham Colby claimed the C group winners’ trophy with a five second advantage over Northumberland’s Michael Close. Londoner Michael Lawson completed the C group podium.

BS Motorsport boss Ben Short was excluded from the second race for an incident with Brian Chandler but came storming back to win the third and final race and thus claimed victory in championship round four. Simon Baldwin was again second which underlined just how consistent the Reigate driver is and Darron Lewis was third to maintain his strong title challenge. Fellow front-runner Brian Chandler had been relegated to the B group after being punted off in the second race by Short but he made short work of winning the B group while also beating twelve of the A listers. The second man home in the B’s was Adam Craig with Lewis Field third.

Once all the dust had settled and the points for rounds three and four worked out it was Simon Baldwin who had profited most from the Brands Hatch double header with his lead at the top of the points table stretched to ten ahead of Darron Lewis with Ben Tuck moving up to third. Although it wasn’t much consolation for him, Brian Chandler was awarded the Driver of the Day trophy for his stirring drive in the final race. He started in twenty-sixth place on the grid and worked his way through the field to finish ninth.

You can see the qualifying times and provisional results for all three races at Brands Hatch results

Next stop is Castle Combe on Bank Holiday Monday 25th May for rounds five and six.

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