True to tradition, the final round of the 2014 UK Time Attack Championship at Brands Hatch fell on a predictably cold, wet November’s day. This meant that the conditions were extremely challenging, with very little grip and the weather changing by the minute.
It wasn’t surprising that the final didn’t see the blistering lap times that we have come to expect from these awesome machines, but what was surprising was just how brave and committed the drivers could be in such difficult conditions.
Coming into the final round, two of the three Pro Class champions had already been decided, with Richard Marshall sealing victory in the Pro Class, and Andrew Barbour and his NR Autosport Evo doing so in the Club Pro Class.
All was still to play for in the Pro Extreme Class, however, and although championship victory was out of reach of Gareth Lloyd and the SVA Imports team, they were still the fastest on the day, unbelievably setting a new lap record of 48.673 seconds. Given the difficult circuit conditions, we can only imagine what time they would have set in the dry.
When the points were tallied at the end of the day it was the Roger Clark Motorsport Subaru Impreza that was at the top of the table, with Olly Clark crowned as 2014 Pro Extreme Champion, putting the icing on what has been a very successful and consistent season for the Leicester based team.
The club classes also saw some close competition, with David Coe and his awesome Subaru securing championship victory in the Club 4wd Class, just ahead of Damien Bradley and Jason Bird. Kevin Jones kept up his good form and was once again on the top of the podium in the Club RWD Class, proving that his Noble M12 GTO is going to be hard to beat in 2015.
Marc Donnelly’s Mk3 Ford Escort still managed to outpace the competition in the Club FWD Class, giving Marc the championship crown ahead of Adam Jones and Daniel Clark. Marc Burnett and his Honda Civic were victorious in the Club NA Class Championship.
There were some high profile One Hit Wonder’s that made an appearance in the final round of the year, including Martin Short and his stunning Mosler MT 900R, Andrew Gallagher driving Charlie Shaw’s insane 1000bhp Cosworth powered Ford Focus, Steven Darley in the Lateral Performance Subaru Impreza and Andy Papageorgiou in a Ginetta G55.
Round 6 also saw the first ever ‘Night’ Time Attack session, which was a real crowd pleaser. Martin Short and the Mosler were the fastest after dark, with many other drivers putting in very respectable times considering the reduced visibility and worsening weather conditions.
2014 has been an immense year for the UK Time Attack Championship, and with a fast growing fan base and new classes being introduced next year, we expect 2015 to be better than ever!