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2004 Race Reports

  Brands Hatch, England, 17 - 18 July 2004

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  Gary Pearson (Jaguar XJR-11) took a brace of hard fought victories for the JD Classics team on the superb Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. Mighty duals with Le Mans winner Charlie Agg (Nissan R90CK) kept the crowds on their feet throughout an hour of enthralling racing.

Having been collected by Graham Hathaway's spinning Jaguar XJR-12LM early in Saturday's race, David Mercer (Spice-Ford SE90C) chased the leading pair hard in Race 2. As the Nissan's tyres faded, Mercer pounced to take second at Druids on the final lap.

Third on Saturday went to Nigel James (Porsche 962C) rewarding a drive typical of the increasingly competitive nature of Group C-GTP Racing. From seventh on the grid, James fought hard to reach the podium. A broken rotor arm prevented a repeat performance on Sunday. Justin Law followed, making a one-off appearance, aboard Nick Rini's Jaguar XJR-12D. Rini brought the car home eleventh in Race 2.

Henry Pearman (Jaguar XJR-11) just held off Brian DeVries (Chevrolet Intrepid RM-1) for fifth. On Sunday, Pearman had to contend with the close attention of Michael Schuster (Argo-Judd JM19C) before the Argo began to understeer towards the end of the race. Once again, Schuster's East Racing team had worked an all-nighter having an input shaft machined and replacing the offending item.

As DeVries spun out early in Race 2, Martyn Konig clipped the rear wing of the Intrepid with the side of his Porsche 956. Thereafter, a persistent misfire plagued his run to sixth, but he still took another class win. Debutant, Alvin Powell enjoyed a perfect weekend with two class victories in his ex-Porto Kaleo Tiga-Ford GC288. Saturday, in particular saw a cracking dice with Mike Millard (Prosport-Ford LM3000), who was also on his way to a double in the Invitation category. John Edwards followed them home each day aboard his Texas Argo-Ford JM19C.

Christopher Catt and Ian Stinton also made debuts in new machinery. Catt brought his Prosport-Ferrari LM3000 home second in the Invitation class before retiring from Race 2. Stinton's Argo-Ford JM19B was hampered by electrical gremlins on Saturday, which unfortunately proved too big a hurdle for the car to make the grid on Sunday.

Stinton's problems allowed Richard Bateman to take dual Class 4 honours in his Tiga-Rover GC287. The other Class 4 car, Duncan McKay's Bardon-Ford, suffered from a misfire in Race 2 after early retirement with a broken gear lever in the hands of Robin Ward on Saturday.

Saturday's retirees, Jim Graham and Richard Oddie both had improved fortune. Graham worked hard to bring his Take Fuji Porsche 962C through to eighth, whilst the Hepworth International team were delighted with Oddie taking twelfth in their thundering Argo-Chevrolet JM20.

  Qualifying - Saturday

No. Driver Nat Car Time Laps MPH
4 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR11 1:19.888 13 118.19
27 Charlie Agg GB Nissan R90CK 1:20.356 16 117.50
21 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C 1:20.802 7 116.85
8 Brian De Vries USA Intrepid Chevrolet GTP 1:23.263 20 113.40
30 Graham Hathaway GB Jaguar XJR12LM 1:23.418 13 113.19
32 Justin Law GB Jaguar XJR12D 1:23.671 17 112.84
7 Nigel James GB Porsche 962C 1:23.805 15 112.66
33 Martin Konig GB Porsche 956B 1:24.108 14 112.26
3 Henry Pearman GB Jaguar XJR11 1:26.400 15 109.28
26 Alvin Powell GB Tiga GC288 1:28.661 9 106.49
31 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 1:29.555 18 105.43
32 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR12D 1:29.708 17 105.25
51 Michael Schuster D Argo Judd JM19 1:29.890 7 105.04
1 Jim Graham GB Porsche 962C 1:30.023 11 104.88
12 Ian Stinton GB Argo JM19B 1:30.707 15 104.09
19 John Edwards GB Argo JM19C 1:31.544 12 103.14
10 Robin Ward GB Bardon Ford DB2 1:36.811 11 97.53
77 Christopher Catt GB Prosport Ferrari 1:37.961 10 96.38
28 Richard Oddie GB Argo Chevrolet JM20C 1:40.618 12 93.84
37 Richard Bateman GB Tiga Rover GC287 1:42.546 16 92.07
10 Duncan McKay GB Bardon Ford DB2 1:46.275 11 88.84
 

Race 1 - Saturday
No. Driver Nat Car Time Laps Best
4 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR11 30:26.420 19 1:20.096
27 Charlie Agg GB Nissan R90CK 30:27.257 19 1:20.181
7 Nigel James GB Porsche 962C 31:38.095 19 1:23.655
32 Justin Law GB Jaguar XJR12D 31:42.024 19 1:24.471
3 Henry Pearman GB Jaguar XJR11 30:31.025 18 1:26.372
8 Brian De Vries USA Intrepid Chevrolet GTP 30:31.217 18 1:24.711
33 Martin Konig GB Porsche 956B 30:31.995 18 1:25.671
26 Alvin Powell GB Tiga GC288 31:18.164 18 1:28.566
31 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 31:18.596 18 1:28.706
19 John Edwards GB Argo JM19C 31:05.861 17 1:33.720
77 Christopher Catt GB Prosport Ferrari 30:52.231 16 1:41.603
37 Richard Bateman GB Tiga Rover GC287 31:30.734 16 1:44.921
12 Ian Stinton GB Argo JM19B 27:43.617 15 1:31.472
Not Classified
28 Richard Oddie GB Argo Chevrolet JM20C 27:08.995 DNF 1:38.515
1 Jim Graham GB Porsche 962C 16:35.872 DNF 1:33.815
10 Robin Ward GB Bardon Ford DB2 13:19.429 DNF 1:36.053
21 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C   DNF  
30 Graham Hathaway GB Jaguar XJR12LM   DNF  
Fastest Lap
4 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR11 1:20.096 15 117.88
 

Race 2 - Sunday
No. Driver Nat Car Time Laps Best
4 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR11 30:15.436 20 1:20.538
21 David Mercer GB Spice SE90C 30:31.914 20 1:22.111
27 Charlie Agg GB Nissan R90CK 30:34.125 20 1:21.149
3 Henry Pearman GB Jaguar XJR11 31:03.038 20 1:24.109
51 Michael Schuster D Argo Judd JM19 31:21.407 20 1:23.893
33 Martin Konig GB Porsche 956B 31:37.799 20 1:26.441
26 Alvin Powell GB Tiga GC288 30:46.357 19 1:28.625
1 Jim Graham GB Porsche 962C 30:53.339 19 1:28.394
31 Michael Millard GB Prosport LM3000 30:56.661 19 1:28.924
19 John Edwards GB Argo JM19C 31:22.829 19 1:30.967
32 Nick Rini USA Jaguar XJR12D 31:24.134 19 1:30.188
28 Richard Oddie GB Argo Chevrolet JM20C 31:30.048 18 1:35.597
37 Richard Bateman GB Tiga Rover GC287 31:46.851 18 1:39.614
Not Classified
10 Duncan McKay GB Bardon Ford DB2 20:00.607 11 1:38.686
7 Nigel James GB Porsche 962C 9:42.977 5 1:26.071
77 Christopher Catt GB Prosport Ferrari 5:17.914 3 1:43.436
8 Brian De Vries USA Intrepid Chevrolet GTP 1:31.569 1 1:31.569
Fastest Lap
4 Gary Pearson GB Jaguar XJR11 1:20.538 2 117.23
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