If the Queen can celebrate two birthdays a year, then why can’t the rest of us?
Well, Tim Shooter certainly did on Sunday taking the chequered flag first in both Hickford Construction LTD MG Metro Cup races at Brands Hatch for a double birthday treat he will never forget.
However, it was a different story in qualifying with Mark Eales taking pole with a 59.181 in a packed session on the Indy Circuit with no less than 29 cars circulating the track.
Sharing the grid with the MG Cup, meant it was always going to be a hectic session, but it made for a wonderful spectacle for the viewer with action at every corner of the iconic Kent circuit.
Dan Willars lined up alongside the bright yellow wheels of Eales with the birthday boy Tim Shooter third and Phil Goodwin in the green machine lining up fourth.
LIGHTS OUT…..Race One
And so, it came to the first race of the 2021 MG Metro Cup season and it was a dramatic start. Off the line Willars had a sniff around the outside of Eales into Paddock Hill and may have had the lead for a few yards before Eales traction kicked in and he fired comfortably back into the lead heading into Druids.
And then the red flag came out. Ian Boulton in the MG Cup had a collision with the barriers stopping the race (pleased to say Ian is well) and it was back to the grid to line ready for the restart. And what a restart we had.
Off the line, we had spinners and bumps including Mark Eales and Dan Willars dropping them down the order. Oil on the track down at Paddock Hill ending up costing Eales any chance of the win after driving superbly to get back up to second place with damage ending his weekend early.
All the drama left Tim Shooter out in the lead with David Javes and Richard Garrard holding the final two podium positions all the way to the chequered flag.
LIGHTS OUT….Race Two
The drama of race one left commentator Ian’s voice rather sore but that didn’t stop us from getting excited for race two. Filming from the top of the Brands Hatch media centre we had a prime view of the action and race two served up another treat.
Before the race, we caught up with Les Tyler who said he felt nervous, but you would not have known it from his performance behind the wheel running in third as the chequered flag fell.
Unfortunately, we lost Richard Garrard on lap 15 with Shooter, Javes, Tyler, Garrard, Davies, and Willars all going toe to toe at the sharp end, and Javes showing incredible pace to put immense pressure on the birthday boy Shooter out front.
Aside from Garrard that is how the race finished with Goodwin in sixth, Moore seventh, Birdseye eighth, Burnett ninth, and Youens in tenth.
And so, it was a birthday to remember for Tim Shooter who took aim and fired in two race wins to start his season with a double helping of cake.
Now it is on to Oulton Park next month and you can watch all the action LIVE with the Hickford Construction LTD MG Metro Cup.
Watch the action back from Brands Hatch here: – https://bit.ly/2MYf2sN