The Veteran - April Issue


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The Veteran

Round 1: Brands Hatch

Bumps, Bruises and Bags of Drama...

Could we have seriously hoped for a

more exciting and fitting start to

the Kwikfit BTCC 2019? Personally,

I very much doubt it.

The weather, tyres and track conditions

threw the teams battle plans completely out

of the window right from the qualifying

to the end of the third race on Sunday.

The great thing for me was the complete

unpredictability of the entire event. All of

my pre-race predictions disappeared in a

cloud of dust as the Race Gods intervened.

Saturday proved to be a struggle for all of

the teams with conditions meaning once

a fast lap or two had been done, the tyres

were incapable of any more. It did have a

little leveling effect for all of the teams as

they struggled to improve times. In the

end, a fabulous lap by Ash Sutton proved

enoiugh for pole.

So on to Sunday, we woke to a fog bound

Brands, casting doubts on the timings for

the day but thankfully, the cars set off on

their warm up lap just five minutes later

than scheduled. The front of the field

starting on wets on a damp track with

many of the slower teams chancing slicks.

Hold on, am I experiencing Deja Vu? This

is what happened last year, isn’t it. And, lo

and behold, history repeated itself as the

wets dropped off in the drying conditions

leaving those on dry tyres to cruise past. I

do have to say at this point, the drive of the

day, in my opinion, happened in this race

as Matt Neal finished in eighth, the front

runner on wets. Cracking bit of racecraft

Mr Neal.

The first race concluded with Josh Cook in

the BTC Honda taking the chequred flag

with Jake Hill and Tom Chilton completing

the podium.

Race two began with all teams on the dry

tyres despite the conditions still playing

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