0-plate Winter Warmer

The final race meeting of the 2017 M7RC calendar played out at Brands Hatch over the weekend, with 0-Plate success for Lee Deegan and Leon Window.

Over the course of three races – the first two on a miserably wet and cold Saturday afternoon - it all boiled down to the last race on a dry but similarly chilly Sunday morning, with either Deegan or Nick Padmore in line to secure aggregate victory, made up of the best-two-from-three scores.

Driving the same Baldwin Motorsport car that his brother Shayne took to the National Miglia title in 2016, former Autograss and Honda Civic champion Deegan delivered when it mattered, taking his second victory to Padmore’s one, and the overall 0-Plate win, with Alfie Brown shadowing the leading duo in third overall, and James Cuthbertson equally consistent in fourth.

In Mini Se7ens, Leon Window’s double along with a second place was enough to earn him the other 0-Plate award, although opening race winner Lee Roberts was unfortunate to DNF in the second and then, after an ‘all-nighter’ by the Rightline crew to get his car back in contention, was cruelly robbed of a start when the car died going to the grid.

Duncan Emmett made up for his Brands Festival disappointment in June, with three top finishes to take second in class overall, only just missing out on victory in the last race after a ding-dong battle with Window. Newcomer Arnold Duncan also ran well in Spencer Wanstall’s borrowed car to tally third, while impressing in fourth overall was Darren Eaton, who not only set class pole time in qualifying and two fastest race laps, but was leading the second race when his engine cut out due to a loose ignition switch. Ian Fraser won the Libre class.

Race 1
1    56    N Padmore (m)
2    48    L Deegan (m)
3    81    A Brown (m)
9    94    L Roberts (7)
10    22    L Window (7)
11    44    D Emmett (7)

Race 2
1    48    L Deegan (m)
2    56    N Padmore (m)
3       81    A Brown (m)
6    22    L Window (7)
7    62    A Duncan (7)
9    44    D Emmett (7)

Race 3
1    48    L Deegan (m)
2    56    N Padmore (m)
3       81    A Brown (m)
6    22    L Window (7)
7    44    D Emmett (7)
8    55    D Eaton (7)

Words by: Richard Williamson


Racing • 13th Dec, 17 •

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