By Mark H
Festival fever for Randaccio and Denman at Brands Hatch
Fabio Randaccio and Craig Denman shared the race wins at the Lotus Festival on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The event included Formula 1 and rally demonstrations, club displays and a trade village.
On the track, Randaccio took the Lotus Cup UK pole position by over a second with just one lap in qualifying and he held his advantage over fellow front-row-starter Adrian Hall until the pitstops. Both lost out to Ken Savage and Steve Train, but Randaccio was able to pass them in the late stages.
Savage lost places with a pitstop penalty, promoting Adam Knight to the podium, whilst Adam Gore raced from the back to win the Production class from Stuart Ratcliffe/Anthony Dunn and Jason Baker.
Marcus Jewell was on course for a podium position but made a late pitstop then crashed heavily on the Grand Prix loop whilst battling to regain third place from Knight. The track repair work meant that the second Elise Trophy race was cancelled.
In the sole Elise Trophy race pole position starter and championship leader Gore retired early on, leaving Martin Donnelly at the head of the field. A thrilling race unfolded as the Ulsterman controlled the pace to lead Craig Denman, James Little and Jason Baker. On the final lap Denman made his move late on, but judged it to perfection to take the spoils.