With drivers of the Britcar Championship newly adjusted to racing in the dark from the 6 hr race in October, the finale of the 2009 championship, aptly titled, ‘Into the Night’ was sure to provide a spectacle for spectators, able to view almost the whole of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit owed to its amphitheatre-like characteristics.
Qualifying was staged in the twilight, readying drivers for an unlit night time race. Class 3 contenders, Jon Harrison and Neil Huggins, who, having only had his stitches out from an operation to put in a metal plate in his collarbone that week, did a sterling job, placing their Marcos Mantis 12th on the grid of 32 cars. The class 2 Marcos Mantis driven by Henry Fletcher and newcomer to the series, Raphael Fiorentino also put in an impressive qualifying lap to secure 9th. Further up the grid, Andrew Beaumont and Richard Fores, on only his 2nd invitation to drive the Mosler managed to qualify 5th ahead of the Sumpter/Slater Porsche 911RSR.