Brandon’s Brands brace

Teri driver Hamish Brandon hits top gear at Brands Hatch.
Teri driver Hamish Brandon hits top gear at Brands Hatch.

Hawick ace Hamish Brandon concluded an impressive debut season in the John Cooper Works (JCW) division of the Power Maxed Challenge with two top six finishes at Brands Hatch at the weekend.

Brandon, who secured fifth place overall in the drivers’ standings, kept his nose clean throughout the opening race on Saturday afternoon to cross the line sixth and earn ten vital points.

With rivals Lawrence Davey and Luke Caudle failing to finish, he again needed to stay clear of trouble for the second race on Sunday. And the Teri driver climbed to fifth after disposing of Rob Smith, before setting about chasing down Henry Duprey. The top six broke away from the rest of the field, with Brandon still in the thick of the action, making an opportunistic dive up the inside of Neil Newstead to get himself into fourth. However, a tap bent his exhaust, reducing his car’s straightline performance, and he dropped to sixth at the finish.

With a reverse grid, Brandon brought the curtain down on his season in pole position and led the 29-car field through Paddock Hill Bend before the race was cancelled due to a serious opening-lap collision.

Talking to the Hawick News, he said: “We’ve had a great showing and to be fifth is a superb achievement for everybody involved.

“Now we’ll strip down the car and give her a bit of a refresh ahead of attacking next season.”