|Brands Hatch 26th April 2014|
The circus moved on to Brands Hatch for Round 2, with the 750 Motor Club effectively a re run of the rain cancelled Cadwell Park race last October, and the early morning weather suggested it may come to a similar fate. But it would gradually improve through the day, in fact turning out rather nice. The race, for the Lewis-Evans Trophy, was exclusively for 500s, rather than the long-awaited match-up against the 750 Trophy boys, and a relatively poor entry of eleven cars was reduced when Mike Fowler was unable to make a Saturday race.
Of course, not only were these half-dozen not in a vaguely organised grid arrangement, but the remaining four hadn’t even got on track. Shirley’s Cooper took a second push to fire, and Nigel and JB had waited briefly. Alan had got going as well and with a lengthy explanation of the start procedure still ringing in his ears had clipped on, expecting to catch up to the leaders. But unaware of what was happening ahead these four proceeded onto a formation lap, JB even waving cars past on this Lap 1! They were further confused when they returned to the grid only to find no-one waiting, or any instructions. It was only after a second formation lap (perhaps because of the change of conditions?) that this group twigged that it was indeed “on”, and of course they were now the thick end of a lap behind.
With the big three away, the next battle was as Richard tried to hang on to fourth. Hunting him down was Xavier, again driving very impressively. Neil was not in a position to challenge, as he had finally found the source of his oil leak when the brake pedal disappeared. This discovery was made upon reaching Druids on the opening/formation lap and he spun. Recovering to at least check (and of course with no more cars behind him), what may have started as a plan to retire became a drive for points, particularly as he realised that most of the braking areas are uphill here.