Mixed weather conditions created interesting strategies for the season finale at Snetterton
The first trophy race of the day started with a heavy rain shower, Nigel Ainge (Honda Integra) led the field until a spin at Wilson in the tricky conditions dropped him back. Before the race started several cars pitted for wets, this proved to be the right call, with an early safety car to recover the stricken BMW of Oliver Smith the pack were back together. The top four finishes were all the teams who pitted for wets in the opening laps. The Porsche of Richard Higgins won with Charlotte Birch and Adriano Medeiros (Ginetta G40) and Rob Smith and Charlie Campbell (Peugeot) rounding out the podium. Race two saw victory go the way of Oliver Smith (BMW) having to start from the back after his off in the previous race, Smith cut through the field and went on to win by over half a lap, a dominating display enabling him to take the inaugural Trophy title. Race one Higgins was second with Rob Baker (Smart) third. Birch and Medeiros’s title hopes were ended when they retired on lap 12.
The Endurance races were dominated by the Praga’s, race one in the drying conditions saw eventual Britcar champions Danny Harrison and Jem Hepworth victorious. It was a close fought victory with the Taranis of Jonny MacGregor keeping them honest, only losing out in the pit stops. The second Praga of Jack Fabby and Garry Townsend finished third, the Ferrari of Paul Bailey and Ross Wylie were early leaders but fell to fourth by the flag. Race two would end up finishing in the dark, not only that but a rain shower in the early stages caused chaos as the pit window wasn’t open, the cars crawled round on cold slicks. The Praga of Fabby and Townsend, got to grips with the conditions to win ahead of team mates Hempworth and Harrison. Wylie and Bailey in the Ferrari pitted late for slicks, setting fast laps they came home third.
Full race results can be found here: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/204431
Images all taken from the final rounds of the Trophy and Endurance championships that took place at Snetterton 1st November.