With Rob Collard in the hunt for the championship I couldn’t not go to the final round of the BTCC this year. It meant an early start getting there before 7am but even by that time the que for South Bank was already out onto the main road and people were queuing at the gates.
The weather was a bit cold and with wind blowing clouds along pretty fast every time I got the camera set the light changed.
But at the same time at the right point with the right setting it gives an impressive backdrop like the header shot of Andrew Jordan in his last outing with Motorbase and Jack Goff who seemed to be running on his own most of the weekend.
Plato seemed to have quite a frustrating weekend not having the pace to make up places having caught the car ahead. Here he is trying to pass Rob Austin in race 2.
The track limits crack down of a few seasons ago seems to have been relaxed. For Jackson technically his wheels aren’t touching the ground so perhaps it doesn’t count as cutting the course?
The usual support races were there. Ginetta’s and Ginetta Juniors.
The Porsche Cup cars were also there and raced into the early evening sun just before the BTCC final race.
Then there was the BTCC final for which the skies cleared;
While there was not so much forceful driving as some years the cars were all tightly packed for the first few laps.
Not that earlier in the day was less busy.
Maybe next year Rob…
Yes there is a part 2.
…And bad news out of the 18 pictures I have to choose from for this update 12 of them are Escorts.
To break up the Escortness here is an Escort of the 90’s. The Nova! Although this one seems to be missing the factory 4″ exhaust.
And here is what is apparently an Escort… under-steering?
And a BMW very definitely not. On the drying track these looked quite terrifying as they simply could get not traction. Having seen a Mk3 Fiesta bin it there last year it is not a place you want to go off!
Whereas the Escorts were sideways but also hooked up enough to get away from the corner.
I always forget the Talbot’s are rear wheel drive and never understand why these didn’t make it into short oval and the Starlet didn’t make it into rallying.
With 2 stages to go the light is Starting to go but it’s still hot enough to need the door open before going out even in February.
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!
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.
And here they come, the Escorts.
Great to see a Mk1 throwing mud (this is a tarmac rally…) and making lots of noise in the process.
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/
Fiesta coming out of Druids bend. The great thing about running the wrong way is that gives different views as a photographer.
And you don’t get much more different than a rallying Ferrari, of which there were three.
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.
Errr, track limits?
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 Sorry!
The sure footed Talberts were there as ever as well as some more modern machines.
Like this Subaru
Back in March a friend foolishly invited me to a track day to have a go in his car. A few very careful laps later I had a great time! I also took the chance to take some pictures.
A good first round was had by the BTCC grid at the beginning of April. The racing was a bit tentative to start with but soon got up to speed. Jason Plato was particularly impressive coming through the field in race 2. The Yuasa Honda’s seem to have gone from a quick car to a not so quick car as they were unable to catch Andrew Jordon in last years car.
Caterham racing at Brands Hatch Indy circuit with a few other formulea to break up the flow, mid August 2013.
There is always guaranteed action with the Caterhams. They are so closely matched that they run in tight packs.
And sometimes they end up with a few bits missplaced.
Porsche’s were one of the support races, the expensive cars were out front but by far the better racing was with the older cars.
And more Caterhams charge through Paddock hill bend
MX5’s were another support but there weren’t really enough to make the races spectate-able.
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