30 May 2022
Mark Holme’s Team Carsafe Austin Healey 3000 took a dominant class win in the Gentlemen Drivers race at Brands Hatch.
Having secured pole position by just 0.340 secs from the similar car of Jeremy Welch and Doug Muirhead, he was able to make an early break as his closest rivals duelled for second.
His lead had grown to 29 seconds when the safety car appeared after 17 laps, losing him 10 seconds by the time the race went live again.
He made his compulsory stop after 23 laps but retained his lead and was into the top 10 overall too, finally clinching ninth overall, with a class win by over 14 seconds from Muirhead and Welch.
“It was dramatic race for me though when in the last 25 minutes a pipe to the rear brake master cylinder broke. There was fluid on the wheels and I was heading for Hawthorn Bend at 126 mph with no brakes. But pumping them earlier gave me something at the front, but too hard and it locked up,” he explained. “We had a wobbly wheel too,” he added.
Having changed from the Healey to his MGB, Holme was out again in the Equipe GTS race, where he qualified 12th overall and third in his class.
On the opening lap he dropped to fourth in class and continued to lose ground on his rivals for a while. Two of them pitted early and Holme went in a lap later, but was still fourth when the stops were completed.
Gradually he began to close in on third placed Greenhill, diving ahead in Paddock Hill Bend just three laps from the flag, from where he consolidated third in class and took 13th overall to complete a successful weekend.
“It was a do or die effort to get third and it worked,” he concluded.