Brands Hatch Winter Stages 2016 – Part 1

Today was the MGJ Engineering Brands Hatch Winter Stages rally (website here http://brandshatchstages.co.uk/) which is in the same championship as the South Downs Stages I photographed last year. I am happy to say the pictures from today were much better than then. So this is the first update, I’ve even written part one in the title so there has to be a part 2!

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Starting off with something isn’t an Escort – this is me, and it is rallying, so, there will be lots – this 205 goes around Druids the wrong way.

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And here they come, the Escorts.

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Great to see a Mk1 throwing mud (this is a tarmac rally…) and making lots of noise in the process.

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If you like these make sure to go to the South Downs Rally at Goodwood on the 13th Feb 2016. Details here http://www.southdownsstages.co.uk/

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Interval…

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Fiesta coming out of Druids bend. The great thing about running the wrong way is that gives different views as a photographer.

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And you don’t get much more different than a rallying Ferrari, of which there were three.

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Of course it doesn’t always go to plan and a number of competitors got it a little wrong although fortunately none came to any real harm near me.

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Errr, track limits?

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Tim Mewett span on the rally schoold stage and had a new co-driver from last year. Where he also span right in front of me  photo dsc01143_zps3gmsljeo.jpg Sorry!

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The sure footed Talberts were there as ever as well as some more modern machines.

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Like this Subaru

Escorts!

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BTCC Final 2015 – Brands Hatch

A very late update from last years touring car finale at Brands Hatch. I know Plato said afterwards it was all fair but I still think it was his championship and can’t believe Shedden would feel it to be justifiably his. I thought that watching on the back straight and more so watching the race later at home. Anyway, it was a while ago now so I can’t remember all the details for each of the photos but I hope you enjoy;

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I got in early for the pit walk and Collard kindly signed a picture for me along with some of the other drivers. It’s good to hear that he should be on the grid again his year and hope he can get his form consistent throughout.

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He had a good battle with Matt N**l in the second race and stayed ahead.

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The Clio Cup was supporting again with the usual bash and crash antics.

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Along with the Porsche Cup which actually had a big grid for this meeting but the racing was still a bit strung out. When they did manage to slip stream coming along Pilgrim’s Drop they were hitting the rev limiter by Hawthorns and unable to pass. Considering they had run on Saturday as well I was surprised so many of them had this basic set up issue still. It isn’t like that section of the circuit has really changed much in the last 20 years either.

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But the BTCC, as ever, was anything but strung out on the way into Druids.

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Keeping it in the family Ricky Collard was racing in Formula Ford but unfortunately didn’t manage to win the championship.

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Andy Priauix was again experimenting in ways to jack up a touring car. Another example here of him making contact but not managing to make a pass. From what I have read he isn’t returning in 2016 but will be racing for the Ford Endurance team instead.

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Ginetta were also supporting with juniors and seniors, both good racing as always.

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The paddock was interesting to walk around during the lunch break.

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I will finish with a shot of the 2015 Champion

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…well I think so anyway.