Britcar at a Soggy Snetterton

The weekend of 8/9th May saw round 2 of the Britcar Endurance and Trophy championships take place.

So the weekend at Snetterton started very wet with the rain persisting until mid afternoon. The qualifying session had two red flags because of cars going off the road or spinning. It was very trying conditions even for the most experienced drivers. Pole was taken by Fox Transport Nissan GTR driven by Richard Wheeler and Danny Harrison.

Race one started behind the safety car in single file because of the conditions, but when given the green light the GTR pushed ahead with the 458 chasing down after the JMH car spun. Class 4 was where the action was with the EDF Cupra of Ash Woodman and Martin Byford being hounded by Team Brit’s Bobby Trudley and Aaron Morgan in the Vantage. Unfortunately this would all be put on pause by the spinning Praga of Jem hepworth bringing the safety car out. When the racing resumed the 488 of John Dhillon had a comanding lead but Jamie Stanley was pushing hard and managed to bring it down to 21 seconds by the chequered flag and followed by the Bonamy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem 458. The Praga class was won by the CW Performance car of Christopher Wesemeal and Richard Morris.

As race two started the circuit was much drier which saw the 488 charge away at the start leading by over 20 seconds after just 3 laps. With the drier circuit it meant the Praga’s could stretch their legs and they where giving the bigger GT3 cars a hard time. This did unfortunately bring the saftey car out after one tangled with the GTR. Now with this being near the pit window when everyone pitted at the same time it was very cramped and the Woodrow E46 GTR was released into the fast lane hitting the back end of the Golf TCR causing it to veer into the Praga of Jack Fabby, who had just been belted into the car. Luckily no one was injured. This meant a longer saftey car while the pitlane was cleared. When the race went green the lead was taken over by the fast charging Danny Harrison in the battle damaged GTR. The lead changed with a move on the infield by Jamie Stanley and by the end of the race had a 21 second lead over the GTR in second. The Praga class was again won by the CW Performance car making it a 100% record st Snetterton for the new car. However the Team Brit Aston Martin Vantage GT4 took a well deserved and popular win in class 4 beating the EDF Cupra TCR.

Round 3 will be taking place at Oulton Park and is an Endurance only event on the 12th June. Live stream will again be availible on the BARC Youtube channel and live timing on TSL timing.