Brands Hatch GP 29 August 2020 Report

#43 Steve CHEETHAM Porsche Cayman S placed 2nd

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.

2nd fastest lap went to #98 Alex THISTLETHWAYTE in his Lola T70 Mk1 at 1’41.325 (Matt Holben quickest)

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.”

Winner #41 Graham WALDEN, TVR Tuscan Challenge RV8

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.

#93 Russell McCarthy, MGB GT V8, took 3rd

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!”

STEFAN MACKLEY

You can consult the full results of our 40 minute race at Brands Hatch GP on Saturday 29th August 2020 at the following link

https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=BF3GT/2020/203505v8c.pdf

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air shakedown

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air shakedown

This remarkable 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air short-track oval racer was at the track-day with us at Snetterton 17th June 2020 as lockdown started to lift…

Steven Anderson, our new civil surveyor friend from Lincolnshire, gave his #55 Chevy Bel Air a shakedown alongside other V8 heavy metal at the track day. The perimeter Late Model chassis by Hitchcock was a regular racer on Mid West USA short tracks. More recently a 1955 American Chevy sports coupe shell has been put on. Power is from a small block Chevy, 383 6.6 litre with a single Holley, HGI distributor and Pertronics ECU.

Steven Anderson with his 55 Bel Air

Steven has completed the rebuild and is presently bringing it up to MSUK requirements before a red and white paint job and circuit racing with us.

Warm response from Bernie Chodosh… “Brilliant. Great to see his car on the track . When out , this will bring a lot of attention to our series.” Cheng Lim adds “Good work! I love a 55!”

What a treat. Well done and thank you Steven.

At Snetterton 17th June 2020

Cheng’s first race

Here is a priceless gem of history from the annals of a leading light of our series, Cheng Lim. Here is a photo of his first race at Castle Combe in 1986. Give it lots of LIKES and he will send us lots more. Yes please!
 
Cheng says “Well in my first season I did 5 races before I trashed it at Gerrards in Mallory Park. I was off the track so often, they called me Farmer Chang! In that race I got so far off the circuit that I went round the back of a Marshall’s post ! Yes that’s me in #67. Do you like the fireproof Arran sweater? In those days you just needed to cover your arms!
 
 
 
 
“It was the 750 MC Kit Car Race so I have come full circle!  In practice it had hailed and snowed and rained but I could follow the cars round the corners and blast then down the straights so I thought it would be easy! I started about 5th on the grid but when the lights went green, loads of them went past me either side, on the grass and everywhere!
 
“Sadly because of poor preparation (inexperience and ignorance I guess!) the clutch slave ran out of fluid so when I lost the clutch and also being off the circuit ( probably behind the Marshall’s post!) I retired!
 
“Good learning point though. I started my checkover process after that and have never forgotten it!”