Henderson holds on in there.....

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Alan Henderson is doing all he can to keep the title battle going. Photo: Jon Elsey

James Blake-Baldwin maintained his imperious form at Brands Hatch with two wins, but Alan Henderson has kept the title battle alive with a brace of P2s.

The 27-year old Farnham based driver scored yet another double to stretch his winning run to four and thus increase his lead at the top of the points standings. Blake-Baldwin was on it from the start taking pole for the first race and then backing that up with a lights to flag victory.

Henderson was the best of the rest and kept within striking distance of Blake-Baldwin finishing 1.872 seconds behind him. Will Blackwell-Chambers completed the podium with an assured drive to hold-off Brian Chandler and JJ Clements.

Shefford’s Lewis Field took the chequered flag in the first B group outing to claim his first BRSCC Mazda MX-5 race win. Jake Simpson was in close contention in second and Kevin Brent was a further four and a half seconds adrift in third.

In the second A group race, Blake-Baldwin was again never out of top spot at the front of the pack, although Henderson did reduce the deficit to just 1.326 seconds, no doubt spurred on by the challenge of JJ Clements with whom he swapped positions during laps 12, 13 and 14.

James Harris has been a regular top ten finisher in the lead group this season but a penultimate lap DNF in the first A race meant he had to drop to the B group for the second tour. He did compensate by winning the race after a very tight battle with the returning Chris Dawkins. Another recent returnee, Scott Leach, took third spot.

Olly Allwood took home the ‘Driver of the Day’ award for a fantastic drive in the second B group race. The Godalming driver had started seventeenth on the grid following a DNF in the 1B race, but charged through the field to finish in fifth and less than seven seconds behind the winner, James Harris.

Away from the official rounds at Brands, a gap in the schedule late Saturday afternoon offered up the opportunity for a ‘trophy’ race. Blake-Baldwin and Brian Chandler chose to start from the pits after the Green Flag lap, ensuring fun and games as they fought their way through the field. Henderson looked to be the main beneficiary but was forced to pit himself, leaving Will Blackwell-Chambers to win from James Harris and Darron Lewis.

So with eight races still to run, James Blake-Baldwin has cemented his place as the firm favourite, but Alan Henderson is going to make sure he earns it and with the next three races at Alan's home circuit of Croft, he will have local knowledge in his favour.

You can view all the results, qualifying times and lap analysis at BRANDS HATCH RESULTS

Jon Elsey detailed report, which will include photos of every driver, will be uploaded shortly.

 

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Current Standings

Driver Accrued Points Adjusted Total
1 Will Blackwell-Chambers 2218 2044
2 Oliver Allwood 2130 2000
3 Joshua Jackson 2168 1976