Piers Chandler Brands Hatch

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BARC champs make UK return

FORMULA RENAULT BARC champions Kieren Clark and Richard Singleton returned to the UK series at Rockingham last weekend.

Reigning BARC champion Clark replaced Joe Crook, who is suffering from glandular fever, at Scorpio Motorsport, while 2006 title winner Singleton raced for Team Firstair.

Neither man had previously driven the new-for-2010 Barazi Epsilon-designed chassis. Clark's 14th in race two was the best either could manage.

Both hope to be out for the next round, at Brands Hatch this weekend, and Clark hopes to use the one-month break before the following meeting to join Crook in Scorpio's line-up.

"We're hoping that we can get enough exposure and interest from this weekend to carry on," said Clark, "but I've just got to wait. The Friday test was my first day in the car and I found it difficult to get used to the brakes."

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Singleton added: "I got told I was racing on Wednesday night, so I had to get up at 4am on Thursday for the five-hour trip to the MSA to get my licence."

Singleton raced for Team Firstair

Radical racer killed in crash

RADICAL RACER Christophe Hissette died in a practice crash at Dubai Autodrome last week.

Hissette was contesting the final round of the GulfSport Radical Cup when his car snapped left on the straight before turn 16, hit the barriers and caught fire.

The 29-year-old was airlifted to hospital but declared dead on arrival. The event was cancelled.

Poisoned racer wakes from coma

MAZDA MX5 racer Piers Chandler is back at home after recovering from the carbon monoxide poisoning that put him in a coma at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

Chandler lapsed into a coma during the MGCC meeting at Brands on April 10-11, after reportedly falling asleep while using barbeque embers to heat his van during the Saturday night (see AUTOSPORT, April 15).

The 32-year-old spent time In intensive care at a Great Yarmouth hospital, and underwent a series of decompression chamber treatments to remove the poison.

After 12 days comatose, Chandler has suffered muscle wastage, lung damage and an ear infection, but no brain damage, and is recuperating at home.

In a post on the Ma5da MX5 championship's online forum last Saturday, Chandler said: "I'm back home now and feeling much better, still a bit of a cough and a bit dizzy, because of the ear infection, but on the scale of it doing very well.

"I had a very lucky escape and all things are pointing to a full recovery. I really could not have been in a better place. As usual the marshals/ paramedics/Medical Centre/HeliMed team/surgical teams/intensive care units, plus various others were all first rate and without doubt saved my life."

Ma5da coordinator Jonathan Blake added: "Four times the normal level of carbon monoxide normally kills and Piers was at nearly 10 times that - he's a very lucky guy."

Academy winner earns GT4 shot

FRENCH RACER Jordan Tresson will race in the GT4 European Cup this season after winning the 2010 GT Academy.

Tresson and Italian Luca Lorenzini were chosen as finalists from 1.2 million entries to the Playstation 3 computer-based event.

Both have appeared in a number of club events in Nissan 370Zs this season in order to qualify for an International C race licence.

Tresson, 21, defeated Lorenzini in a shootout at the Silverstone Arena circuit last week and will now race a 370Z with Alex Buncombe in GT4.

RJN Motorsport boss Bob Neville, who will run the car, said: "Jordan is easy to work with, he listens, learns, gives good feedback and does what we ask.

"I think driving with Alex he will learn a lot very quickly, and get quicker and quicker."

Tresson has been racking up race miles

Tresson has been racking up race miles

Bradshaw in race to make Brands after Rockingham Porsche shunt

PORSCHE CARRERA Cup contender Tom Bradshaw is facing a nervous wait before knowing whether he can race in the next round at Brands Hatch this weekend.

Bradshaw, 20, hit the wall at Rockingham's banked Turn 1 in the first race of last weekend's double-header. He was forced to sit out the second race, and his JHR Developments team has to obtain a new shell from Stuttgart before official testing tomorrow (Friday).

"I got a puncture," said Bradshaw, who was fourth in the points before the Rockingham weekend. "I was aware of it and tried to scrub speed off, but once I got onto the marbles on the outside I knew I was heading for the wall."

Rockingham went badly for Bradshaw

Rockingham went badly for Bradshaw

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