HAWICK’S Hamish Brandon proved that points win prizes by clinching second place in the British Mini Challenge at Donington.
The proud Scot also made sure of second place in the Cooper Class in his debut season on the UK scene.
Hamish went into the final round of the season knowing champion-elect Shane Stoney needed just five points to clinch the title, but he also knew he had to produce the results to fend off the rest of the field.
After a challenging qualifying session, disrupted by a red flag, Hamish posted a blistering lap to have provisional pole position only for Stoney to take the honours with a last-gasp hot lap.
The Pandamonium Racing team racing under the Excelr8 banner made a couple of changes to the car, and Hamish got a decent start in the opening race. He saw Stoney had problems and reckoned this was the ideal chance to pile on the pressure, but his faint championship hopes were ended when he was tagged and damaged. He limped home in fourth, knowing Stoney had the title but that he still had work to do to secure second place.
Race two was a real battle, but Hamish blasted his way from fourth to second and held off all challengers.
Then, with the reverse grid, Hamish started sixth and knew a finish would secure second place in the championship. He drove a mature, clean race to finish fourth and make sure his debut season finished on a massive high.
Talking of his first foray into the national championship Hamish said: “We went into the British Championship wanting to be competitive and wanting to challenge for the title even though it was my first season. I am delighted that we were able to do that.
“Pandamonium Racing and Excelr8 have worked really hard together and we have got the results. Congratulations to Shane on winning the title – he did an excellent job. He has a lot of experience, but it took us a couple of rounds to get to grips with everything.
“That ultimately made the difference because, from the third round on we have been right on the pace and have pushed Shane all the way.
“This was a leap into the unknown for us, but we should be very proud of what we have achieved. The only track we had been at before was Oulton Park so it was a steep learning curve. This season was all about learning the tracks and getting to grips with the car, but we did much more than that.”