Battling Brandon cements second place

Hamish Brandon blitzes his way round Castle Combe
Hamish Brandon blitzes his way round Castle Combe

Hamish Brandon overcame the odds at Castle Combe to rack up the points he believes proves he is a true contender for the MINI Challenge Cooper class title.

Hamish produced fighting displays in both races to come home second and fourth – and keep up the pressure on title leader Shane Stoney.

The Indy round race winner had to show great character to fight back after a nightmare qualification session, which included a trip across the grass and damage to his car.

The Excelr8 team did a superb job to patch up the car ready for the restart, but a red flag and a safety car meant Hamish had to settle for fourth place on the grid.

The team then completed the repairs to make sure the MINI was ready for the opening race and Hamish soon showed the pace in the Pandamonium Racing car as he fought his way up to second.

He was closing the gap on leader Stoney, but then the heavens opened and Hamish opted to protect what he had as he battled the wet conditions on slick tyres.

Starting fifth on the reverse grid in a rain-soaked last outing of the day, he stayed on the pace of the front-runners and was soon up to fourth but his wipers stopped working. He still clocked the second fastest lap of the race, but was unable to close the gap on the leaders.

Hamish is looking forward to another good weekend next time out at Zandvoort in Holland on September 2.