Tough opening two races for Hampshire drivers in BTCC at Brands Hatch

Words & images by Chris Roberts/WiderviewPhoto.com

After the first two races of the opening round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on the Indy circuit, the luck was not totally with the three Hampshire racers.

Foster in action in Race 2

In the first race Odiham’s Nick Foster’s drive shaft broke on the lap to the grid, which meant he was towed back to the pits. This was fixed before the end of the race and Foster managed to get 4 laps in to test the repair.

Likewise Eversley’s Rob Collard had a good start from his starting position of 13th, but with warning lights on his dash showing high water temperature, pulled into the pits when the safety car came out. With the car only 3 days old sadly these teething issues were very frustrating both to Rob and the Ebaymotors/WSR team. He managed a couple of exploratory laps but there were still issues.

Welch battles with gearbox woes

Church Crookham’s Dan Welch had a better time of it as he moved up from a starting position of 24th to finish 11th at the checkered flag. but he was still frustrated as the car was momentarily cutting out around part of the circuit, so Welch felt he could have finished in the top 6.

For race 2 Foster with his fixed drive shaft moved up from a starting position of 23rd to finish in 11th (this became 10th after the exclusion from the results of Shedden).

Collard on track

Collard started just behind teammate Foster and was racy for 5 laps before new technical issues flared up which meant he was again in the pits.

Welch looked like he was going to get a deserved top 6 finish and was in the battle with the leading group before his Proton-GEN2 got stuck in 6th gear. He managed to finish the race but was dropping down the order and finished in 15th and 1 point.

So the final race of the afternoon takes place at 17:05 and hopefully the luck will be with the three drivers and so we will see where they can finish.

 

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