Reports & Results
Brands Hatch 2012: Race Report
Written by Alfonso Lygo
Michelin Power Cup 600
A grid of almost 30 riders started off with newcomer Wayne Humble starting from pole ahead of Brett Carter, William White, Peter Dilks and fellow Nottinghamian Ady Allsopp. White overhauled Humble on lap 3 and at around half distance we lost the hard charging Allsopp, Carter buzzed into P2, being chased by Humble before a substantial gap ahead of Adam Reeve, Dilks and Stephen Bridle. Our leader went missing at Chris Curve in the closing stages of the race to give Carter a welcome win
Brett Carter and a load of others fell on the opening lap; many attributed this to cold tyres so an extra tour was granted for the restart. Yesterday's winner Humble roared off and remained untroubled for the 10 lap bash. Richard Charlton kept it honest to secure the runner up spot from commentators choice William White, Ady Allsopp was delighted to finish just outside the top three after a sterling effort to overhaul the Dilks brothers were strong before dropping behind Adam Reeve and Daniel Ward Clarke to settle for seventh and eighth. The final two Places in the top ten went to Stephen Bridle and Tony Merritt.
With a win apiece to date would it be Humble or Carter who would come out on top in the third race of the weekend? The ding dong battle lasted for the 15 laps and at the end just over half a second gave the advantage to Carter. White who always looked there or there abouts had his own hands full maintaining a similar margin over Ady Allsopp who had Charlton breathing down his neck trying to force a mistake . Reeve was sixth ahead of Bridle and the two Dilks brothers; Marc and Peter. Big grids and close racing – that’s what Sunday afternoons are all about.
Michelin Power Cup 1000
A smaller grid for the thousands and James Cox was on pole with his Blade hoping to repeat his 2011 success. It was Andy Rouse that grabbed the holeshot but he was demoted from first to fourth in less than 500m. It was indeed JC at the front by lap 3; he dominated the race despite being shadowed by Shaun Champion's new Beemer. Greg Allsop retired at Druids after his R1 was reported shedding it's exhaust wadding and Lewis O'Regan had his Kawasaki black flagged with suspicious oil loss taking him out of third spot. Cox took the win over Champion, Tony Kielty, and Rouse before a significant gap from Warwick French and Nick Smith who was top rookie.
Andy Rouse made a blinding start from fourth on the grid before the third lap when he got a bit swamped by Champion and Cox who started stretching a bit of a lead whilst Andy fended off Kielty and O'Regan. Cox tool the lead on the sixth lap and continued to pull out on Champion, whilst O'Regan got the better of Allsop who can never be discounted from producing the goods. At the end Cox kept a narrow distance over Champion with O'Regan grabbing the final podium place at the expense of a nearby Rouse whilst Kielty was placed well ahead of Allsop.
Would Cox make it a triple? Champion would be man most likely to upset the applecart but even Shaun and his BMW got to within a second of relegating Cox into second spot. These two were streets ahead of Rouse who was gradually getting dialled in as Kielty was snapping at his heels. Allsop was delighted with fifth spot ahead of the more modern R1 of French. It was a shame the race lost the very capable Gaz Evans after a couple of laps and O’Regan even earlier than that.