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Weekend of firsts at final event of MSVR season

Monday, November 25 2013

Eight months since the MSVR Season Starter at Snetterton, the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship and Britcar 'into the Night' double header concluded the 2013 season at Brands Hatch last weekend.

Matty Graham drove intelligently and tactically to ensure he became the inaugural champion of the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series, winning the third race of the weekend from pole to all but wrap up the title. He kept out of trouble in the second of Sunday's races to beat Jake Cook by 14 points.

Saturday was a day of maiden single seater wins as Will Palmer controlled from the front superbly to win in only his fifth race in the car, and the more experienced Sennan Fielding took an overdue win in race two. Kieran Vernon, a Formula Renault BARC, Formula Ford and Formula Palmer Audi graduate, took the weekend's final open wheel win untroubled from pole for his first Formula 4 victory.

As the Britcar Production Cup Championship ended in the Kent darkness, a trio of BMWs fought for the race honours. The Intersport pairing of Adam Hayes and Mark Radcliffe were afforded a simpler task of racing to the flag when Tom Howard and Michael Moss were forced to change the front-left tyre during the pitstops although Michael Symons threatened their win in the closing stages. Hayes reacted to the possible challenge to stretch the winning margin to nearly 30 seconds. Howard and Moss held on for third ahead of the fastest of the Nissan GT Academy cars driven by Stanislav Aksenov and Flurian Strauss.

The Intersport victory wasn't enough to give them the championship win though as Mike Wilds, Anthony Wilds and Ian Lawson's second place in class handed them the title. Mike Wilds at one point was in second and third, sharing the Porsche Boxster of Paul Moraviec, but the Porsche was under-fuelled and became the race's only retirement late in the race.

In the special Britcar Winter Warmers, a new star emerged for leading GT squad Barwell Motorsport in the shape of Russian former rally driver Timur Sardarov. Racing in their BMW Z4, he claimed all three wins as GT Cup's father and son pairing Ian and Chris Dockerill took turns in spinning from the lead. Chris Dockerill crashed out of race one at Clark Curve with weekend-ending damage to hand Sardarov the win before his father visited the Paddock Hill gravel in race two.

The many Caterhams that took advantage of an open race for Sports, Sports Racing and GTs put on an entertaining show in four races across the two days. The Mallock of Tim Covill that dominated the last meeting at Snetterton finished its weekend in the Paddock Hill gravel in race one to allow Pascal Green to take the first of his two wins under heavy pressure from Mark Coleing.

Coleing had no better luck in race three when a loose wheel arch slowed him from the lead and back into fourth to give Simon Smith the top step before the star of the Winter Warmers Timur Sardarov returned to the now familiar surroundings of the top step. The Russian overcame a pitlane start to win the final race of the MSVR season to underline his impressive start to circuit racing.

The return of the West Kingsdown Trophy completed the weekend's support bill and Dave Charlton stole the show in his new SEAT Leon. He took both victories ahead of Glen Rossiter and Nathan Dew.

MSVR would like to thank the hundreds of volunteer marshals that have given up their weekends in 2013 to make this season the success it has been.