Brands Hatch -
Kutuka reigns when it pours
BRANDS HATCH 8th May 2010
Congratulations to Alex "The Bear" Harrison for his 2nd successive victory at Brands Hatch. In difficult conditions he put on a leisurely display from pole to cruise to a perfect win, pole, fastest lap, class win, outright victory.
Behind him team-mate Lyddall mugged Palmer for 2nd place despite a serious tyre disadvantage in what might be his best ever drive, class D winner Andrew pressuring Palmer to the flag in an incredibly close fight for 3rd.
Kutuka take all 3 class wins in a perfect team result, continuing our run of results in our best ever start to a season.
A dry test day, with Brands bathed in glorious sunshine and at it's exhilarating best, showed what we suspected here, the Bear has awesome pace. And the R1R tyre is superb.
Sadly that extra grip was so significant that after 10 laps Helen sheared a rear hub on the lean out of Graham Hill bend, ending her testing for the day. With spares a little thin on the ground an entire X300 was purchased and robbed of a rear hub to return Kutuka to full strength.
Race day dawned wet and treacherous, and Kutuka went to work with typical restraint, Bear taking pole from Palmer. Lyddall's bald T1Rs held him back in 3rd, whilst Harrison blamed traffic and overcaution for his lowly 4th place.
The race win was determined within the first half lap, Bear held the lead to turn 1, and in the scuffle at Druids Lyddall slid past Palmer into second. Bear used his pace advantage to eke out a comfortable lead in short order and made short work of the traffic to take a stunning win, his second here in as many races.
Lyddall drove a superb and controlled race on wholly inadequate rubber to hold of a serious challenge from Palmer, himself under huge pressure from Harrison in a fierce and incredibly close 16-lap fight for 2, 3 and 4.
Kutuka take 3 class wins and a perfect points haul as we head off to Anglesey in a fortnight.
The victorious Bear remembers to actually get a photo of his car this year!
Look, it's all warm and shiny!
Oh dear, no longer warm or shiny! Kutuka in post-race trim.
The Bear celebrates. Really glamorous this racing life.
It's all too much for Chris Palmer, suffering from PKSD, Post-Kutuka Stress Disorder.