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Fierce fights at Brands Hatch season-closer this weekend

Tuesday, November 18 2014

There will be a feast of racing at Brands Hatch this weekend (22/23 November), with exciting action from six different categories bringing the 2014 season to a close in fine style.

There's a duel for the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship between Will Palmer and Gaetano di Mauro, and the pair are separated by just 12 points. Each day will feature a qualifying session and two races, with the title set to be decided on the last day of the season.

The single seater action continues with a final, non-championship round for the Monoposto series, which will include a mixture of Formula 3 cars, bike-engined specials and Formula Fords. It follows the recent Tiedeman Trophy Championship, a four-race autumn jaunt, that was claimed by Geoff Fern in his rapid JKS.

There will be a number of champions in the pack this weekend, including double Mono 2000 winner Robbie Watts in his F3 Lola F106/03, TFR driver Andrew Colebrooke, who romped to the Mono 1600 title, triple 1600 champion Nigel Davers in a Formula Jedi, and Graham Read, 2009 Monoposto 2000 champion, in a 2001 Dallara.

The annual Vee Festival has become renowned for close and exciting racing amongst the wingless, VW Beetle-based single seaters. The Festival's seventh running will feature two heats and a final, with a strong contingent of Irish drivers facing their British counterparts on the Indy circuit.

Adam Macualay, the 2014 Crowne Plaza National Formula Vee champion, will be favourite amongst the visitors, who are also contesting a Tourist Trophy. His biggest rival this weekend will be Martin Farmer, the reigning Tillotson Formula Vee champion.

Another end-of-season fixture is the Victor Meldrew Trophy, an irreverent contest aimed at drivers who 'never quite made it to the heights of Formula 1'. The race will include a wide variety of hatchbacks and saloons, and the entries are handicapped based on single-lap performance. The cars will start from a staggered grid, and the aim is that they will all enter the final corner at the same time, ensuring a grandstand finish!

The tin-top theme continues with the MSVT Trackday Trophy, for novice racers, which has seen six different winners from six rounds this year, and with only one of them in the field this weekend, a seventh could well be on the cards. Oli Withington, winner at Snetterton, will race a Class D VW Golf GT TDI, but with the most powerful cars on this weekend's grid, Class B could contain the race winner. The BMW-mounted squads of Ian Brent-Smith/Steve Lyons and Troy Dunlop/William Norman will face James Birch (Vauxhall Corsa), Jeremy Hayman/Mark Penny (Vauxhall VX220), Neil Edward (Ford Mondeo ST220), Daniel Read/Simon Richards (Ford Focus) and Ricky Coomber/Gary Inge (Honda Civic).

Dan and Ben Abbitt's Peugeot 306 Rallye will head Class C from the Renault Clios of Gordon Cooper, Gregg Stedman, and Aaron Harding/David Slater. There will also be a fierce fight for Class D, between Jon Orr/Freddie Brown (Toyota Corolla), Giles Billingsley (Fiat Punto Abarth), and father-and-son team George and Jack Wright (Citroen Saxo VTS).

The fourth MSVT Team Trophy season reaches its conclusion this weekend, with a typically healthy grid of new racers from the entry level series in the one-hour race. Mark Flower's BMW M3 heads the Class A entry for the most powerful cars, but the biggest fight should be in Class B. Chris Fryer and Chris Oakman's MINI Cooper S JCW will face a battle from Henry Curtis in his Peugeot 205 GTi, George Wright and Johnny Milner in the Team Tactics Porsche, and Jeremy Hayman and Mark Penny in their Vauxhall VX220.

There will be a David vs Goliath battle in Class C, as Steve Reynolds and John Ridgeon's Mk1 Clio 16v takes on the Charles Angrave and Mark Witherington Mondeo ST220. The Clio surrenders 50 horsepower, but is almost 300kg lighter.

Tickets for the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championships at Brands Hatch on 22/23 November are available on the gate for £14 each day, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.