TOCA Drivers Of The Weekend: Brands Hatch GP


The 2015 TOCA campaign came to a close with a dramatic season finale weekend at Brands Hatch, with four of the five support championships decided around the iconic Grand Prix circuit as well as a host of class titles.

On top of that, all 113 drivers in action across the meeting were looking to end their seasons on a high, which resulted in some fantastic race action in all twelve support races, as well as a fair share of controversy, drama and incident.

We’ve picked out our drivers of the weekend from the Renault UK Clio Cup, Ginetta Junior Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Ginetta GT4 Supercup and MSA Formula:

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Renault UK Clio Cup – Ashley Sutton

The odds were firmly against Sutton in the championship battle heading to Brands, but a determined performance from the Team BMR-backed driver across the weekend saw him take both wins on offer and ultimately the title.

Sutton continued his remarkable qualifying record on Saturday with a pair of front row starts, before mixing that raw pace with some stunning overtaking manoeuvres in the races to take his fifth and sixth wins of the campaign to complete a remarkable turnaround in the championship.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Ginetta Junior Championship – Senna Proctor

Like his Team BMR colleague above, Proctor was the title outsider that did everything he could across the season finale to try and taste championship glory, with just a cruel twist of fate at the end of the weekend denying him.

After taking a maiden pole position when it mattered most, Proctor battled to fourth place in the opening race before carding a decisive fourth win of the season in race two, which had looked to have been enough to give him the title before the post-race judicials took it out of his hands.

Credit: Malcolm Griffiths
Credit: Malcolm Griffiths

Porsche Carrera Cup GB – Tom Sharp

It was a crucial meeting for Sharp as he took on Dino Zamparelli for the Rookie Class honours and its £50,000 prize fund, and the IDL Racing man delivered on all counts with a maiden pole position and a first Carrera Cup race win to take the class title.

His best qualifying performance of the season, pole and second, provided a great foundation for the two races and after following Dan Cammish home in race one, roles were reversed in race two as a faultless drive delivered a lights-to-flag success and a top four points finish overall.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

MSA Formula – Lando Norris

Brands Hatch marked the biggest meeting in Norris’ short car-racing career to date, as he aimed to add a first title to his many karting successes, and the 15 year old certainly rose to the occasion as he took the championship in style.

A double pole position in qualifying set him up perfectly and he took a big step towards the title with a lights-to-flag win in race one. A battling seventh in race two confirmed the title, before he finished with a flourish in race three with a fifteenth podium of the year.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Ginetta GT4 Supercup – Michael Caine

It’s certainly not been the season Caine would have hoped for on his Supercup bow, in particular missing the last two meetings through injury, but the former British GT champion put all that behind him to end his season in style with a podium hat-trick.

Qualifying in the top three for only the second time this season, Caine ran in third from start-to-finish in both races one and two, before a fantastic race three performance saw him climb through from third on the reverse grid for a much needed second win of the season.

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Who else impressed?

Tom Oliphant made it seventeen consecutive podium finishes with a pair of second places to seal the Ginetta GT4 Supercup title, with Carl Breeze doing all he could to overhaul him with a podium hat-trick including two wins.

In the Ginetta Juniors, provisional champion Jamie Caroline produced a stunning race one drive for a crucial win, while Matt Chapman climbed through in race two for a breakthrough maiden Ginetta podium.

Porsche champion Dan Cammish completed a stunning 100% podium record for the year with an eleventh win and a fifth second place, whilst Dino Zamparelli ended his campaign with two more top three results.

A stunning Clio Cup debut for Paul Streather produced a second place finish, while Jon Maybin also featured on the podium for the first time and Dan Holland completed a dream end to the season with a second podium finish in three races.

Enaam Ahmed enjoyed his best weekend of the season in MSA Formula, with a maiden outright win helping him secure the Rookie Class title, while Colton Herta cemented a top three championship finish with victory four of the campaign.

*Keep an eye on The Checkered Flag in the coming weeks, as we look back at who received the most driver of the weekend selections across the season.*

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