Brandon bags a treble in Holland

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Braveheart battler Hamish Brandon, from Hawick, reckoned a double Dutch wasn’t good enough at Zandvoort – so hammered in a treble of second places.

The British Mini Challenge joined the British GT and European Supercars at the iconic Netherlands track by the seaside and Cooper Class star Hamish made an immediate impression with the string of hot laps that proved the potential of the Pandamonium Racing Mini, and the expertise of the Exceler8 team.

Hamish made the most of tricky wet conditions in testing to post the fastest times, then quickly read the changing track as the GT cars laid down the rubber.

The result was a confidence-building test session on a track he had never seen before, and second place on the Cooper Class grid for the opening race.

The Pandamonium Racing car was always on the pace – running second in the opening race, but Hamish suffered a bad vibration with the pick-up of rubber from the Supercars.

He believed he had a puncture so tried to nurse the car home, and did a superb job in fending off all-comers to keep his place on the second step of the podium.

The weather played its part in race two as early rain forced a number of runners onto wet tyres, but Hamish gambled with the conditions. He knew the sea breeze would dry the track quickly and went with slicks. And the gamble paid off as the track dried and he blasted his way into a second second place for the weekend.

Then he added his third podium for the two days – this time with the fastest lap and the Cooper Class lap record.