Brands-Hatch is and stays an hystorical place for the English and international motorsport. It was with great pleasure that the participants of the Supercar Challenge did the British circuit again after one season of absence. The fast and curvy circuit, in the typical green British landscape, with a lot of height difference, got a very British weather this weekend, which made the 6th weekend of the Supercar Challenge very difficult. The leaders in the championship, Ward Sluys and Bas Schouten drove two solid races, but had hoped for more than only one podium place. With 17 bonus points on their nearest pursuer, it seems that the title race will last until the finish of the last race in Assen, late October.
“Without a doubt one of my favorite circuits”, Ward Sluys laughed upon arrival across the canal. “This circuit is such an oldie, barely changed since the last F1 matches in the 80s.”
The JR Motorsport duo ran two times the second time in qualifications, behind a British guest participant, but the first start row was therefore in the Hands of Bas Schouten and Ward Sluys.
“Bas took the start of the first race on Saturday, a race that was very chaotic because of the rainfall. Each time our buffer disappeared, because the entire field was brought together again and again thanks to the many safety car interventions. It was a very difficult race, there was a lot of aquaplanning through the water and our second place was the best result we could get. We also had a lot of penalty seconds at the mandatory pit stop because of previous good results… Although we were also glad that we had not driven any damage.”
The PRODIAXO rider Ward Sluys was able to go to the second race without worries, on Sunday and that promised to be a dry race.
“Again Bas took the start and he had an intense fight with our teammates, the positions changed each round, and he came to the sharp end of the pit lane for the mandatory change. Halfway I took over the race, and just when I was driving outside, it started raining, immediately followed by… of course the safetycar. The only option was to dive into the pit lane to have rain rubber assembled, but the team experienced some difficulties and we lost unforeseen time. It was a hellish ride and with the championship in mind, I did not want to take risks. I quietly built up my stint in those terrible weather conditions, but it was really more of a glide than a race… The climax was a drive-through for a too short pitstop, only one second too little and that did not help to make good positions. At the end, I just missed one round to claim the 3rd place! In short, it was a weekend in which we fought hard, in bad weather conditions, with two times a good score and a care in one piece… We can’t complain. I’m looking forward to the next races, on September 30 and October 1 on the Nürburgring!”