Wednesday, 11 April 2012

2012 - Snetterton Preview

Snetterton Preview

It’s time for the 2012 season to commence at Snetterton this weekend, 14/15 April.
  We can’t wait.

Over the years Snetterton has always featured as an event worth the effort to attend.  It can be difficult to get to the track (just outside of Norwich) from Newcastle; be it a 6-hour drive, 4 hours on the train via Peterborough, or 3 hours by fly & drive via Stansted. 

The first ever visit in 2004 with a standard 308GTB delivered a fantastic battle, with Sam Whitman’s blue 308GTB and Chris Drakes GTO resulting in a spin and a very close battle, with a lap time of 1:30.14.  Chris got the better of me that day. The GTO was just too quick in a straight line.


In 2007 and 2008, we returned to the track with the highly modified and fragile 328GTBChallenge, resulting in a first, second and DNF result and a lap time of 1:19.02, significantly up on the standard 308. 

For 2009 we switched to the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, and raced in both the 3 hour Martini Trophy and the Open race, delivering a first Amateur pairing within the Martin Trophy and two firsts within the Open at an even quicker 1:16.90 lap time. 

Now, back in the classics, we are using the Ferrari Dino 308GT4 on the new Snetterton layout.  In 2011, Snetterton featured for all the wrong reasons.  Race 1, on the new 300 circuit, the car started to overheat and therefore a DNF, with a lap time of 2:25.79. This result caused the team to lose out on winning the 2011 series by 9 points (a win delivers 25).  After cleaning out the cooling system and adding a new fan to the radiator, we won Race 2 on the 200 circuit, with a lap time of 1:32.08.  

2011 - Snetterton Race 1 Footage
2011 - Snetterton Race 2 Footage

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