Saturday was a strange day at Brands Hatch for Spirit Moto Corsa as the Sprint Race was abandoned after just one lap.
The race had already been delayed after an incident in the British Superbike race which saw Brad Jones airlifted to hospital. We all wish Brad and his family well and hope to see him make a speedy recovery.
When the race did get underway it was red flagged after just one lap due a competitor having a mechanical failure and dumping oil on the track.
Due to being behind schedule, the race then couldn’t be restarted because the track curfew would have been breached.
In the one lap of racing that did take place, Jamie Perrin made an incredible start as he passed half the grid, making his way up to 16th place overall after starting last on the grid.
Sunday’s schedule has been rearranged to allow both races to take place, with the Sprint Race now in the morning before the Feature Race in its usual afternoon slot.
Early morning rain had made it look like riders might have to use wet tyres in qualifying, but the track eventually dried enough for slick tyres to be used. However, track conditions were still far from perfect at the beginning of the session.
Jamie’s session was over before it had even began when he was forced to stop on track during his out lap due a technical issue.
Mason Law, meanwhile, was able to finish second in class and eleventh overall, having set a 1m30.323s lap.
This was a respectable result, but GP2 standings leader Charlie Nesbitt did a very impressive job and put his Kalex second fastest overall and onto the front row of the grid. That meant there was a lot of work to be done in the race.
The race was shortened from twelve laps to just nine before it got underway, due to the delayed getaway.
Mason was able to maintain second place in class and move up to tenth overall as the second lap got underway.
Jamie, however, had sliced his way through the field and gained 17 positions from his lowly grid slot.
He has proven himself as a very fast starter so far this season, but this was by far his most impressive display yet.
Unfortunately the race was then halted and ultimately abandoned for the day when Conor Wheeler’s bike dumped a load of oil on the back straight during the second lap.
This means that Jamie’s incredible start was all for nothing and he will have to repeat his heroics when the rearranged race (now ten laps) gets underway in the morning.
The day’s running begins with Warm Up first thing in the morning at 09:00, before the Sprint Race at 10:20 and Feature Race at 15:50.
The Feature Race will be available to watch live on Quest.