|BRANDS HATCH SEPTEMBER - REPORT|
BMCRC Round 10
29 / 30 September
National Junior Cup
Law Champion as Hill Dominates
Stefan Hill took maximum points in the final round of the inaugural Rapid Solicitors National Junior Cup, but it was Mason Law who wrapped up the championship, finishing 15 points ahead of his nearest challenger Aaron Maxfield.
Hill, who showed flashes of raw speed early on this season, saw a number of crashes dent his title hopes. However, a strong run of form at the end of the season saw him finish third in the championship, just six points off Maxfield in second and 21 points off the lead.
Mason Law arrived at Brands Hatch for the final round with a 46 point advantage, and went about things the right way in race one, finishing third in, two tenths ahead of Maxfield in fourth. Hill took his first win of the weekend by nearly three seconds, with Max Alexander second.
Law’s title assault took a severe blow in race two, when he and Alexander ended up in the gravel at Paddock and the race halted. Both riders didn’t make the restart.
In the shortened rerun, Hill took his second win from Maxfield and the G.C Haulage Kawasaki of Adam Cross.
On Sunday both Law and Alexander returned to the grid, with Law coming from the back of the grid to third in race one. He was behind Maxfield and Hill.
Going into the final race and the championship was still up to play for. Hill took off into the distance to win the final race of the season by just over five seconds, with Maxfield second and Thomas Lodge in an excellent third.
But MSS Colchester / Lids Direct rider, Mason Law, kept it rubber-side down and finished in sixth to seal the championship.
Michelin BMCRC Minitwins
Couzens Claims Crown
Dan Couzens wrapped up the 2012 Minitwin crown at the final round at Brands Hatch, after Jesse Jones threw away any chance he had of fighting it out until the end, as he crashed out of contention in Sunday’s opener.
2011 Minitwin runner-up Couzens arrived with a 31 point advantage over Jones, but it was Jones who got off on the right foot, taking the wins in both Saturday’s races. Charlie King also threw his hat in the ring, taking second in race one and third in race two, to Couzens second and third also.
But the team V Speed rider had it all his own way on Sunday, taking two wins and the 2012 crown. Jones, starting from pole, crashed out of Sunday’s opener at Graham Hill bend. He was also unable to make the final race of the season, with the bike too damaged.
Jones was also pipped to second in the championship by Charlie King, who had an excellent season, as the S&S Panelcraft rider took two second placed finishes on Sunday. Ashley Buxton took a brace of thirds.
Rookie 600s and Rookie 1000s
1000 Title Goes To The Wire
Sharing a split grid over the weekend, the Rookie 600s and Rookie 1000s rounded off their season. The 600 title had already been awarded, with Ben Doolan taking the gong, but the 1000 championship was very much up for grabs, with just 12 points separating Michael Honey and Mark Fincham.
Danny Campion was safe in third, but was missing from proceedings after a motorcycle accident on the road. The class showed their support for him with special t-shirts.
The toing and froing between the championship protagonists continued into the final weekend of the season, with Honey extending his advantage in the championship by another five points in race one, beating Fincham to the line by a tenth of a second, before the now 17 point advantage was cut to just eight after race two, with Fincham taking the win from Bryan Parish with Honey third.
The eight point gap was extended to 17 points again in Sunday’s opener, as Honey took another win with Fincham third, with Parish second again, before Parish finished second again in the final outing, this time with Fincham taking the win and Honey third. However, it was enough for Honey to secure the title, with Fincham eight points adrift in second.
Premier 600s & Stock 600s
Cooper Crowned Champion Of Brands
Anthony Cooper arrived at Brands Hatch for the final round of the season having already wrapped up the BMCRC Premier 600 title, but with the Champion of Brands still up for grabs, there was everything to play for.
Cooper, who was also crowned the club’s Champion of Snetterton earlier in the year, amassed the most championship points over the club’s meetings at the Kentish circuit, with riders in the Premier and Stock 600s taking part, as well as the Premier and Stock 1000s too.
Cooper notched 220 championship points at Brands over the year, enough to lay claim to the trophy, edging out 2012 Premier 1000s champion Michael Neeves by 14 points. Waghorn was third.
Cooper took three wins and second over the weekend in the Premier 600 class, with Dave Heal notching the other in the final outing of the season.
Despite the Premier 600 crown already awarded to Cooper, the Stock championship was still up for grabs, with 64 points separating Steve Murphy and Dan Helyer.
Helyer did was he could, and took two wins and two seconds in the Stock classification, finishing ahead of Murphy on every occasion, with Murphy taking a third, a fourth, and two fifths in the Stock class. However it was enough for the 2011 EDI Asia Formula 400 champion to secure the Stock 600 crown at the first attempt.
Nick Hobden took maximum points in the Clubman standings.
DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters
Higlett Seals Maiden Title
Graham Higlett sealed his first DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters title, securing just enough points over the weekend to see it through.
With Pat Herron and Tony Hoare still missing through injury, and after his dominant display at Snetterton, it was now Higlett’s to lose, however it started in the wrong fashion on Saturday morning, when he suffered mechanical issues in qualifying, and would start from the back of the grid.
It threw Stephen King, Higlett’s nearest title challenger a lifeline, however he would not have it all his own way at the front, as he was joined in his quest for race wins by 2012 MZ champion Dean Stimpson, and Ben Miles.
Despite the absence of two of the front runners, and Higlett’s mechanical woes, the racing at the front was as close and competitive as ever, with the podium in race one split by just two tenths of a second.
Miles took his first ever race win in the class, just five hundredths of a second ahead of Stimpson with King third. Higlett was sixth.
Miles looked good value for his second win of the weekend in race two, until he was passed by Stimpson on the last lap, this time the gap between them just two tenths, with King again third and Higlett again sixth. Miles was awarded the Paul Hogan Memorial Trophy and the Danny Whalin Challenge Cup for his efforts on Saturday.
Sunday’s opener quickly became a two horse race at the front, with Stimpson leading early on, before he was passed by the confident Miles However, Miles crashed out of contention at Druids with a lap to go, leaving Stimpson to take the win. Some eight seconds back and Andy Davie edged out King for second.
But the race belonged to Higlett, as fourth place and 13 points was enough to make sure his name was on the trophy.
Stimpson won the last race from Miles and King, with the new champion crossing the line in fifth. Doug Edmondson finished the year as the Clubman champion and Richard Sawyer the Rookie champion.
BMZRC Freshdrop 250 MZs
Stimpson Rounds Out Season
Dean Stimpson, who had already wrapped up the 2012 Freshdrop 250 MZ championship, rounded out the season nicely, with a brace of wins, a second and a third.
Stimpson took his two wins on Saturday, his first ahead of Andy Saunders, who was already confirmed as the 2012 runner-up, and Chris Rogers, with his second coming ahead of Rogers and Dennis Nelson.
On Sunday, HS Racing rider, Stimpson, notched a third in race one, crossing the line behind Saunders and Chris Dowling, before he signed the season off with a second in race two, sandwiched between two former champions, with Saunders taking the win and Rogers third.
EDI Asia Formula 400s
Martin Crowned Champion
Colin Martin was crowned EDI Asia Formula 400 champion, with two seconds and two wins enough to secure the crown.
Martin arrived heading the championship by 67 points, and took 17 more points over the course of the weekend than that of his nearest challenger, Richie Welsh.
The likeable Yamaha FZR400 rider from Hull did enough to secure second with a win and three thirds over the course of the weekend.
Premier 1000s & Stock 1000s
Waghorn Takes Stock 1000 Title
John Waghorn was crowned the BMCRC Stock 1000 at the final round, with his nearest challenger Dan Fowler absent from proceedings.
Waghorn was second to James Edwards’ Honda Fireblade in the Stock class on all three occasions, the pair of them second and third overall twice, while they crossed the line first and second in Sunday’s opener.
Barry Chapman took an overall win and a the win in the Premier class on Saturday, before 2012 Premier champion Michael Neeves ended the season with a win in the final outing.
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BMCRC F1 & F2 Sidecars
Three Outfits Share Spoils In Thriller
Three different outfits shared the spoils in the BMCRC F1 Sidecar series over the weekend, making it one of the most exciting rounds of the season.
Sam Ryder and Ian Johnson took the win in race one, before Rupert Archer and Jason Grimes stole the show in race two with a dominant display. However, Dan Knight and Sam Fishwick took all the spoils on Sunday with a brace of wins.
In the F2 class, Tony Brown and Ryan Anderson took two wins and the 2012 F2 crown, with the pairing of Lockey and Newbould taking the other two wins.
Two-Stroke GP Classics
The Two-Stroke GP Classic series shared the last round of the season with the BMCRC, with Bruce Dunn joining in and dominating on Saturday on his immaculate TZ250, taking a brace of wins.
He skipped proceedings on Sunday, allowing Matt Olding to take the win in race one, before Yamaha Past Masters rider Andy Davies took the win in race two.
All-Comers Open Championship
Edwards Rampant In ‘Run-What-You-Brung’ Class
James Edwards took all four wins in the final All-Comers Open Championship outing, rounding out the season in style.
Waghorn, who had already sealed the championship, took a second, a fifth, a fourth and a third.
ACU British F2 Sidecars
Spoils Shared At Brands
The British F2 Sidecar Championship piggybacked off the final BMCRC round of the season.
British Championship pairing of Guignard and Poux qualified on pole, but were forced to share the spoils with Brown and Anderson in the weekend’s double-header.