Brands Hatch hosted the second 750 Motor Club meeting of the year and the paddock was full to bursting with eager competitors. All 11 categories racing over the course of the weekend boasted a healthy grid with three formulas needing to race in groups due to being over Brands’ grid capacity.
The K-Tec Racing Clio 182 Series became a championship for the first time in 2015, and of the 34 cars that came to Kent, 20 were separated by a mighty impressive 1.75 seconds in qualifying. Pole man Matt Digby led the early stages of the opening encounter but fellow ex-Stock Hatchers Patrick Fletcher and Andrew Tibbs (in his first Clio race) dived through with a great move at Paddock Hill Bend on the sixth lap. Fletcher broke away through traffic to take the victory with Tibbs and Digby chasing. James Bark, moving over from Golfs, took fourth after a race long scrap with Jeff Humphries.
Round two was greeted with damp conditions and a very slippery circuit. Fletcher, starting from pole this time, couldn’t find any grip off the line and fell immediately to fifth with Digby heading Humphries at the front. Bark was a man on a mission though and was quickest to get to grips with the conditions perfectly. He passed Humphries on the second lap and chased down Digby. The leader controlled a big slide at half-distance at Clearways while Bark had a trip through the gravel dropping him back to fourth.
It only took Bark another three laps to get back to second and as Digby got stuck in traffic through a yellow flag zone the pair were back together. The Clio newcomer had a better run out of Clearways on the final lap and just pipped Digby across the line. The margin was so small between the pair that race control had to revert to a photo for clarification. Meanwhile, Tibbs had passed Humphries behind to take third with Fletcher in fifth.
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