BOTH the BMCRC F1 and F2 sidecar titles were up for grabs as the Bemsee paddock headed to Brands Hatch for its last hurrah of the 2016 season.
In the F1 class, Gary Smith and Ryan Anderson had all but sealed the deal last time out and arrived at the track with a 79 point lead.
And all it took was a second in class in Saturday’s first race, followed by a class win and second overall in the second for them to wrap-up the championship.
In the F2 class, the gap was a lot closer between the two outfits fighting for the gong, with Brian Ilaria and passenger Harry Payne holding a 17-point lead over Simon Gilbert and Carl Morgan.
In the opening race Barry James and Jack Tritton took the overall win and the F1 class win, while the F2 honours and second overall went to Gilbert and Morgan. With Ilaria and Payne in fourth place, and third of the F2s, the deficit was reduced to five points.
In Race Two, the overall win went to the F2 outfit of Sean Reeves and Tom Christie, with the F1 spoils going to champions Smith and Anderson in second place.
Ilaria and Payne re-established their lead in the F2 title, finishing third overall and second of the F2 runners, while Gilbert and Morgan finished fifth in class, allowing Ilaria and Payne to extend the series lead back up to 14 points.
Race three saw James and Tritton back on the top step of the podium, but they were made to work for the win by the F2 pairing of Wayne Lockey and Mark Sayers, who also took the F2 class win.
Gilbert and Morgan’s third in class finish reduced the deficit once again by five points, meaning nine points separated the two outfits going into the final round of the season.
In the end the gap was too much for Gilbert and Morgan to bridge, their fourth in class finish in race four still cut the series lead by two more points, but the 2016 BMCRC F2 sidecar title went to Ilaria and Payne.
The race was won by James and Tritton, with Matt Dix and Shaun Parker’s third place giving them the F2 win.
*Main image: Gary Smith and Ryan Anderson deliver the first ever recorded masterclass of sidecar pilates – by John Manclark/Karen Burrows
*Side image: Harry Payne