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Round 2 - 3rd April, Sunday. RESULTS
MGCC Race Meeting at Brands Hatch, Kent
A damp and drizzly Brands Hatch was the seen for the second round of the 1999 Anglia Phoenix Challenge and once again a full grid was in prospect for the race. Over the winter a number of of changes have been made at the kent circuit and on the indy circuit Graham Hill Bend was been made slower with a straighter run away to Surtees.
Morning practice was stopped almost before it had started when the MG BGT of Darby came to a halt at the exit of Graham Hill Bend with mechanical malidies that meant the end of James' day. When the session restarted a number of the quicker cars found themselves in traffic, which in the greasy conditions gave a slightly odd look to the grid for the race.
The weather conditions improved during the early afternoon giving hope of a dry track for the race, however as the competitors collected for the race the drizzle returned to add that extra uncertainty to preceedings.
...and the Race
As the cars formed up on the grid for the start of the race there was just enough drizzle for the odd flick of the wipers to be seen and the previously obvious dry line around the track to have faded. When the red lights went out the field made a clean getaway and the first lap proceeded with out major mishap, unfortunately Amphlett in his MGB made an error at Paddock Bend and found himself off the track and stuck in the gravel trap at the bottom of the hill. As the Team Cowley RV8 of Bowles came through Paddock at the start of lap 4 he found himself repeating the events that overtook Amphlett on lap 2 and arrived in the boot of the already trapped MGB. The race was promptly stopped to allow the marshals to cleanup in safety.
Come the restart the metro of Brooke and the midget of Polley were reluctant to continue, while at the front Kettleborough in the MGF was slow away and was headed by Spencer. Things settled after a couple of laps, Kettleborough regaining the lead to the finish, followed by Spencer, Howe and Sidery-Smith. The only real mover was Young, but although a late charge took him past Brooke in the BGT with ease he failed to make enough time on aggregate.
Post race scrutineering reveiled two cars to be underweight and they where demoted to the tail of the field.
|Place||No||Class||Driver||Car||Laps||Race Time||Fastest Lap|
|2||4||B||John Spencer||MG Midget||10||10:44.43||1:02.29|
|3||1||E||Tony Howe||MG Metro||10||10:51.29||1:03.20|
|5||11||B||David Brooke||MGB GT V8||10||11:11.20||1:04.57|
|7||99||C||Martin Watters||MGB GT||10||11:19.06||1:05.00|
|9||77||C||Robert Marcus||MG Midget||10||11:20.62||1:04.31|
|10||41||B||Dominic Hollingdale||MG RV8||10||11:28.52||1:04.95|
|11||9||C||Peter White||MG Midget||10||11:29.98||1:05.00|
|12||31||B||Michael Darcey||MGB GT||10||11:39.11||1:06.54|
|13||23||E||Peter Weston||MG Metro||10||11:40.23||1:06.11|
|14||78||A||Tony Davis||MG Midget||10||12:06.52||1:08.55|
|15||10||C||Brian Fish||MGB GT||10||12:09.62||1:09.83|
|16||32||C||Dave Brown||MG Midget||9||11:14.28||1:10.48|
|19*||40||C||Andrew Parrott||MG Midget||9||12:15.74||1:17.57|
|*Failed post race scrutineering.|
|35||A||Stuart Musk||MG Midget||8||10:12.01||1:03.55|
|45||B||Steve Bowles||MG RV8||2||2:23.80||1:07.23|
|44||E||Alan Brooke||MG Metro||2||2:29.64||1:09.16|
|59||C||Simon PolIey||MG Midget||2||2:44.32||1:14.75|
|1||E||Tony Howe||MG Metro||10||1:03.20|
Compiled by David Brooke <email@example.com>
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