Brands Hatch - 19/20 October 2002
Official Race Report
Cathy Metcalfe reports:
Matt Wilson ended the 2002 BRSCC T-Cars Championship in
style with a double victory in the final two rounds at Brands Hatch over the weekend.
Long time series rival Phil Rose secured second place in the championship with two
strong second places at the Kent track, while newcomer Dan Hoy took third by just
one point from Jonathan Cocker.
The event, which supported the famous Formula Ford Festival kicked off for the
T-Cars drivers with testing on Thursday and a 20 minutes qualifying session
on Friday afternoon which saw Wilson top the time sheets ahead of Hoy, with
Jonathan Kennard, Rose, Tom Onslow-Cole and James Sothcott completing the top
At the lights Rose and Kennard made great starts from the second row,
as Hoy dropped back suffering with wheelspin with Wilson too struggling
to get traction but as the cars headed into Paddock Hill Bend, both Hoy
and Kennard were off into the gravel, their race ended on the spot. Contact
between Onslow-Cole, which later resulted in his exclusion from the results,
and Rose caused Rose to run wide but a remarkable recovery
enabled him to resume his position behind race leader Wilson. As the
cars crossed the start/finish line at the end of the opening, Onslow-Cole
had dropped to sixth, as Sothcott was up into third ahead of James Jakes
and Simon Walker-Hansell, the newest boy into the series having made up
five places from his tenth place qualifying slot.
A lap later Onslow-Cole had found a way past Walker-Hansell and two laps
later got past Jakes for fourth and thereafter the race positions stayed
the same, with Wilson going on to record his 16th win of the series,
ahead of Rose, Sothcott, having his best race of the season, Jakes,
also his best race performance, Bratt and Cocker.
Sunday’s second race of the weekend then had Wilson and Rose on the
front row with Hoy, Kennard and Onslow-Cole, also with a 10 second
penalty, at the back and as the cars headed off onto the green flag warmup
lap, the threatened rain started. At the lights a superb getaway from
Rose and Jakes, had the pair ahead of series winner Wilson into Paddock,
as Sothcott dropped right down the field struggling with wheelspin and
another great start by Kennard had him picking off cars at the start.
As Rose and Jakes were chased by Wilson on the opening lap, Wilson’s
experience saw him pass Jakes at Druids and as the cars entered Clearways,
Wilson was past Rose and into the lead. As the cars crossed the line at
the end of the opening lap, it was Wilson, Rose and Jakes with Kennard
in a superb fourth place ahead of Will Bratt, making a superb start too,
Cocker, Hoy and Walker-Hansell.
Two laps in though, Jakes' superb drive was over as oversteer going
into Paddock Hill Bend pitched the unfortunate youngster off into
the gravel, and immediate retirement. As Wilson and Rose enjoyed their own
battle at the front ahead of Kennard, Cocker and Hoy battling for
third place in the championship knew that whichever driver crossed
the line first would take the third place. Throughout the 12 laps, the pair ran
together joined also by Bratt, but at the line it was Hoy who got the place
to take third in the title by just one point.
Go to home page for 2002 Season here
See 2002 Championship standings here
Check the dates of the races in the 2002 season here