Jaguar (JEC) Racing – Brands Hatch – 31st May 2014


Classic Spares/Toyo Tires Jaguar Saloon & GT Championship – Round 4
Report by Terry Dye & Roger Gage
Pictures by Chris, Nick and Roger Gage

 

Wherever they appear, our big Jaguars invariably provide the best racing of the day for spectators, and race officials are known to emerge from back offices to watch. At Brands Hatch, in glorious sunshine, a full grid of thirty-two cars taking off on the challenging and famous Indy circuit created sights and sounds to be savoured.


Keep an eye on new driver Richard Knott!

 

Race 1

Sam Clarke, David Howard, Tom Barclay and a returning Rodney Frost formed the front two rows as Simon Lewis, in a less modified car, maintained his form from the last round with a third row place. Talk of the paddock, however, was of a new driver in a road-going XJS who qualified fifteenth in his first race. Keep an eye on Richard Knott.

At the start, Howard (XJ12) out dragged Clark (XJS) and Barclay (XJ coupe) to take the lead. Thirty cars followed in a wall of sound, smoke and dust, some cars four abreast around Paddock Hill Bend, and with them all striving for the inside line for Druids there was excitement from front to back. Doyle and Crossley both pulled off with problems and James Ramm (XJS) left it a couple of laps before diving into and then out of the gravel at Paddock.

Ben Walker and Richard Coppock were less lucky as Walker suffered a rear hub failure in the same place, leaving Coppock with no room to take evasive action, both ending up stranded.

Lap after lap Clarke harassed Howard for the lead and finally made it in a masterly move that started along the Brabham Straight, continued side by side around Paddock and completed on the exit of Druids, only then to spin it all away a couple of bends later, (recovering to fifth), hero to zero in half a lap. This allowed Tom Barclay to take second and Rodney Frost third and win class C.

Simon Lewis had another strong showing, finishing fourth and winning class B. Battles throughout the field kept spectators thoroughly entertained through the whole race, not least between Philip Comer, Tim Morrant, Laurence Squires, and Richard Knott who crossed the line in that order with just a couple of seconds covering all four and settling the first three places in class A.


Clarke harassed Howard for the lead, only to lose it in a spin!

 

Results First Second Third
Overall David Howard Tom Barclay Rodney Frost
Class A Philip Comer Laurence Squires Richard Knott
Class B Simon Lewis Derek Pearce Gail Hill
Class C Rodney Frost Sam Clarke James Ramm
Class D David Howard Tom Barclay

 

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