Round four of the 2005/06 World Qualifying series was held at Ipswich on Saturday 24th Septmeber. Following a good result in the wet here last meeting the team were smiling as the clouds gathered before the start of the meeting but this time there was to be no rain and the nationals were able to show off their electric pace on a fully dry track. This would at least give the team chance to evaluate the front brakes borrowed from fellow south west racer #780 Mike Loosemore for this meeting, thanks Mike!
Race 1 – Once again Brian managed to pull a fairly mid grid start for heat one which with the reverse grid format also meant being mid grid for race 2. Back to race 1 though and the #262 car was looking good in the early stages running in 11th place. Several laps in and a trio of cars headed by Phil Spinks were able to catch and pass Brian but he settled in behind them in 14th place and kept a comfortable gap behind to #734 Ralph Sanders. Just then however an incident occured on the fringes of the top 10 that sent #115 Chris Haird spinning onto the infield while #911 and #84 tangled on the entry to the pit bend. Being the first car on the scene Brian kept his Peugeot to the inside and snuck through without incient and picked up a few spots into the bargain. With the pace car coming out to allow the marshals chance to clear the track the field was compressed but Brian maintained his place after the restart, the race result being called a few laps later as Matt Simpsons Corrado met the fence in a big way with a stuck throttle.
Race 2 – Starting slightly further back in this race made getting a good result fairly difficult and #262 slipped down the order as Brian found himself on the outside line. Once the race had settled down though Brian seemed to be lapping at a good pace, not far off the race leaders so things were looking okay for the final.
Final – Starting from 3rd on the grid in the final Brian made a great start and was challenging for second down the back straight when the red flags were brought out for Billy Bonnar whos #844 car was stationary in the track having not made the start. The restart wasn’t as kind to #262 as lap one was completed in fourth place but things got better as Brian held fourth for many laps with Ralph Sanders in close attendance. Eventually several faster cars were able to make it round the outside but at half race distance #262 was still inside the top 10 and looking good. Unfortunatly during the closing stages Brian began to suffer from such a close exhausting race and a possible points scoring position was lost. Despite this we’re quite confident ahead of the next meeting at Northampton, a track where Brian has always gone well.