Brands Hatch produced a fitting venue for a host of British Automobile Racing Club championships this past weekend (23/24 September) as title battles intensified and a new champion crowned.
In the Junior Saloon Car Championship, Will Dyrdal wrote his name into the history books as he claimed the 2017 title. Arriving at the final event of the season with a slender points advantage, Dyrdal produced a masterful performance to take the crown.
Setting his stall out early in the weekend by storming to a brace of pole positions, Dyrdal converted both of them to devastating effect. Leading his main protagonists Ethan Hammerton and Sam Kirkpatrick, the youngsters took the chequered flag on both occasions by more than five seconds.
Following in the footsteps of Katie Milner and James Dorlin, the future looks bright for the UK’s latest tin top junior champion.
The JSCC wasn't the only 14 to 17-year-old series competing either as the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Championship continued. Proving to be a smash hit at the inaugural meeting two weeks previous, the category was back in action with another two races.
Max Marzorati claimed his second win of the year in a frenetic opening race which saw the top four covered by little over a second.
Lorcan Hanafin became the third different winner from four races in the second encounter whilst there was a standout performance from Gus Burton. The JamSport Racing driver bagged a brace of second place finishes to thrust himself into the mix for victory in the remaining rounds.
Spoils were shared in the Michelin Clio Cup Series as Ben Palmer and Anton Spires took a win apiece. Palmer and Spires have been the drivers to beat this season and that was underlined as they were in a class of their own at the head of the field.
Leading the standings heading into the series finale, Palmer will also make an appearance at the final round of the Renault UK Clio Cup this coming weekend.
Paul Roddison and Jon Halliwell scored a victory each in the Max5 Racing Championship whilst Steve Kite was in irresistible form in the Hyundai Coupe Cup, notching two wins.
Dan Fisher took another step closer to the Cannons Tin Tops Championship title with a dominant double at the wheel of his Honda Civic. As rivals James Ross and Mikey Day lost ground, Fisher continued his rich run of form to put him on the brink of the crown with just one event to go, held in early November.
In the Quaife Modified Saloon Car Championship, Rod Birley added to his ever-growing and illustrious CV with two wins whilst there were a pair of visits to the top step of the podium for Malcolm Blackman in the Scrapco / Avon Tyres Intermarque Championship.