Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s with Gaz Shocks & Hoosier Tyres and the CALM All Porsche Trophy
40-minute pit stop race on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, Saturday 29th August 2020.
AUTOSPORT magazine, 3rd September 2020
Down at the far end of the Brands Hatch paddock, and away from the glamour of the British GT motorhomes, you might have been mistaken for thinking it was a meeting purely for club racers. As far as the eye could see there was an eclectic mix of machines that were taking part in the Bernie’s V8s and CALM Porsche Trophy contest, from Porsche Caymans and Boxsters to TVR Tuscans and MGB GTV8s, with everything in between. Many of them had been brought to the circuit via trailers hitched to cars in typical club racing fashion, with the opportunity to race around the Brands Hatch GP layout and in support of British GT too good a chance to miss for the 43 entries.
Pole position went to the Tuscan of Matt Ellis and Aaron Moyce, the latter taking part in only his second ever race after competing in the Bentley Drivers Club Allcomers contest at Silverstone the previous weekend. “We had a chat with Jack Mitchell [British GT driver] and it’s good to see the other end of the scale,” said Moyce. “Everyone is here to have a good day and good race. Everyone enjoys seeing everyone’s cars, especially these old cars.”
Fellow front-row starter Christian Douglas took the lead in his Tuscan on the run to Paddock Hill Bend at the beginning of the 40-minute race as Graham Walden in his Tuscan Challenge RV8 moved into second, while Moyce dropped to seventh by the end of the opening lap. A lap later and any chance of the polesitting car being in contention for the win fell away as the cutout switch tripped, turning the car off. Although Moyce eventually rejoined, he and Ellis finished down in 32nd. Matt Holben in his Tuscan had moved into second by the end of lap four, and over the next few laps trimmed the lead to Douglas to get within one second approaching the halfway point. But then it was all change as first Douglas suffered a broken gearbox, handing the lead to Holben, only for his Tuscan to retire seconds later after suffering a suspected broken camshaft. The misfortune allowed Walden’s Tuscan to take up the mantle after the pitstops had been completed, having started third. Then his lead began to be whittled down in the final 10 minutes by the hard-charging Alex Thistlethwayte in his Lola T70 Mkl. He slashed the gap from 5.8s to 1.7s in the space of three laps
as the duo encountered traffic.
With a minute and a half left on the clock, the chequered flag was thrown with Walden holding on, as Thistlethwayte spun off at Clearways. Although he rejoined, he pulled into the pits and was unclassified, with his mistake promoting Steve Cheetham – the highest-placed runner in the CALM Porsche Trophy – into second, with Russell McCarthy’s MGB GTVB third, Steve Everson and Marcus Bicknell in the Logano Ford Ascar V8 ex-Rockingham car 4th and Cheng Lim and Phil James in the Cobra RAM 5th. Bernie’s Sports Racing & V8s driver of the day was Adam Chodosh who drive his ’55 Corvette from 18th on the grid to 8th.
“The GP circuit is great – my last race was here in September and I’ve not been in the car since then,” said Walden. “You’re guaranteed to get a race; there’s always someone you can race against!”
You can consult the full results of our 40 minute race at Brands Hatch GP on Saturday 29th August 2020 at the following link