Brands Hatch

16th August

1st R1: James Little / R2: Vance Kearney
2nd R1: Vance Kearney / R2: James Little
3rd R1: Myles Poulton / R2: Nigel Jenkins
report by Richard Fenny
photography by Klaus Hartleben & William Moorwood

The Indy circuit at Brands is perhaps not the most attractive for the “modern” Ferraris and that may have been a factor in a disappointing entry of just 6 cars. However, running the Festival Italia was something of a triumph for MSV in the present climate and our racers were greeted by a good sized crowd. Despite the weather forecast the rain held off for qualifying and race 1.

James Little took pole in his 458/Ch by some margin with Vance Kearney in his 430/Ch taking second splitting the Little and Nigel Jenkins 458s.

A spin by Jenkins in turn 1 and an excursion into the gravel ruined his race and enabled Little to dominate race 1 and take the win. Further down the field Chris Compton Goddard and Myles Poulton renewed their rivalry in RNR prepared 430/Chs and Poulton took the honours getting past Compton Goddard at the start and holding on for a hard fought 3rd place. Richard Fenny brought his 360/Ch home in 5th ahead of the recovering Jenkins.

Race 2 was altogether different however. A heavy rain shower meant a quick change to wet tyres. An expert wet set up by the RNR team and some terrific driving by Vance Kearney took him straight into the lead ahead of the 458s,  a lead he held to the very end beating James Little by a mere tenth of a second in a thrilling finish. Nigel Jenkins completed the podium in 3rd ahead of Chris Compton Goddard who with a really smooth race got his revenge on Myles Poulton who came home in 5th ahead of Richard Fenny.

Ed: A special thanks to Klaus Hartleben for some super pics.

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