This meeting was notable for the fact that it was the first time that racing cars of Formule Libre class had raced at Brands Hatch — and I hope we see much more of it, as the battle between Whitehouse and Beauman was fought out in the highest standards of motor racing.
The open challenge race was won at speed by Don Parker. Russell gave him a run for his money, but Parker will take a lot of beating at Brands. The junior race was won fairly easily by Barrett, driving an Emeryson. The senior race was again won by Parker. (When are some new drivers going to arise to challenge the maestros?) The J.A.P. race was won by Creamer.
In the sports-car race Peter Gammon again gave a spectacular display of driving — he was never seriously challenged except towards the end when Scott-Brown, driving a Lister-M.G., put up a great fight. The latter drove an exceedingly fine race and struck one as a most impressive driver. The great event of the day was the Formule Libre race of 30 laps. There was a good entry, but it was evident that the two Connaughts and the Cooper-Bristol would start favourites. Beauman, in a Connaught, led right from the start, driving magnificently. Soon, however, Whitehouse, driving brilliantly, worked his way through the field into second place. Crook had to retire with engine trouble, so that the two Connaughts had it all their own way, as Gammon, driving well as he did, was outclassed by these two cars. Three laps from the end Whitehouse scraped past Beauman and went on to win a truly magnificently driven race. — J. C. M.
Open Challenge Race. — 1st: D. Parker (Kieft). 64.02 m.p.h.; 2nd: J. Russell (Cooper); 3rd: N. Berrow-Johnson (Martin Special).
Junior Race. — 1st: R. J. Barrett (Emeryson), 66-71 m.p.h.; 2nd: A. A. Butler (Staride); 3rd: A. EccIes (Staride).
Senior Race. — 1st: D. Parker (Kieft), 69.49 M.p.h.; 2nd N. Berrow-Johnson (Martin Special); 3rd: J. Russel (Cooper).
Sports-Car Race. — 1st: P. D. Gammon (Lotus), 65.01 m.p.h.; 2nd: A. Scott-Brown (Lister); 3rd: M. Anthony (Lotus).
Formule Libre Race. — 1st: W. J. Whitehonse (Connaught). 68.69 m.p.h.; 2nd: D. Beauman (Connaught); 3rd: P. Gammon (Lotus).
J.A.P. Race. — 1st: S. W. Creamer (Creamer). 64.86 m.p.h.; 2nd G. M. Jones (Cooper); 3rd: R. C. Smith (J.B.S.).