Snetterton Race report 2016

August 11th, 2016 by alisonpepler.

Snetterton 16th and 17th July 2016

(Rounds 5 + 6 of the 4two cup)

A slightly different set up this weekend in that all the drivers had a 30 minute test session on the Saturday Morning and both races were to be 20 minutes instead of the usual 15.

An early start with sign on and scrutineering from 7.30am, testing kicked off at 9am with the Smarts, Honda’s and TVR’s, all went well for the smarts, Simon Coverdale had a slight problem on the last lap but was as easy as changing a crank shaft sensor and they were all ready and eager for qualifying to start.

Entrants:

02 – Simon Coverdale – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Roydon Packaging/Smarts4you Racing

03 – James Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – JC Motorhomes/Specialised Group

07 – David Nash – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Smart 7 Racing

08 – Alistair Woodhead – Smart 450 – Class 2 – Smarts4you Racing

09 – Greg Owens – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Midland Karting/Smarts4you Racing

11 – Martyn Clatworthy – Smart 451 – Class 1 – Ski St Martin

26 – Alan Palmer – Smart 451 – Class 1 – ARC Building group/Smarts4you Racing

96 – Ian Weir – Smart 450 – Class 2 – IWEC

Qualifying

With temperatures reaching over 25 degrees, the drivers were heating up in the assembly area before the race had even started. James Palmer took the fastest lap straight away and held onto this for the duration of qualifying. 2nd place chopped and changed several times with almost all drivers in Class 1 being there at one point, David Nash managed to get his fastest lap in on his last lap to take 2nd place.Martyn Clatworthy unfortunately had a problem with his throttle sticking but this was resolved quickly well before the 1st race. Ian Weir qualified ahead of Alistair Woodhead in the 450’s (class 2) Mark Bloomfield in the other 450 in the series was unfortunately out due to a rib injury. With both races on the Sunday, it was time for fish and chips with the Caterham’s and “party in the paddock”

Pole: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd David Nash – Class 1

3rd: Greg Owens – Class 1

Pole: Ian Weir – Class 2

2nd: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

Race 1.

James Palmer held onto his lead at the start with Simon Coverdale closely behind who got a great start shooting from 6th up into 2nd. With longer lap times than usual, it made for an exciting close race. Alan Palmer managed to get past Simon and was chasing down James into bombhole where he managed to get past him and into the lead, James reeled him back again and got past him on the Bentley straight, not giving up, Alan fought back but unfortunately hit James on the rear causing him to lose a wing and slow him down. As with qualifying, positions chopped and changed every lap as there were a few impressive spins, meanwhile the 450’s had a great time with Alistair chasing down Ian (a.k.a sparky) but Ian held him off to take the win in Class 2.

1st: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd: Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Greg Owens – Class 1

1st: Ian Weir – Class 2

2nd: Alistair Woodhead – Class 2

Fastest lap: Martyn Clatworthy 2.37.669 in Class 1 and Ian Weir 3.02.092 in class 2

Race 2.

The weather didn’t seem to be cooling down making it really tough on the drivers but great for the spectators :-) James had a great race and secured his second win of the day, (a first for James) Again a couple of spins this afternoon due to the high temperatures, unfortunately Alistair Woodhead had to retire with a small problem but everyone else finished and were I’m sure relieved to get back to the paddock for a cold drink and cool down.

1st: James Palmer – Class 1

2nd: Alan Palmer – Class 1

3rd: Martyn Clatworthy – Class 1

1st: Ian Weir – Class 2

Fastest lap: James Palmer 2.36.289 in Class 1 and Ian Weir 3.03.225 in class 2

 

A great fun weekend was had by all with racing as well as socialising in the evenings, we’re a friendly bunch :-)

Huge thanks as always to all our sponsors including JCMotorhomes, 1st Containers, pure d-zign, ARC building group, Midland Karting and Roydon Packaging.

See you all at the next race in Anglesey on the 6th/7th August, a long way for most of us but I am sure it will be worth it.13754268_1149777291750933_997899576904551676_n13699980_1051405914896349_2577786490727930173_n13669026_1051405918229682_2740964802046114431_n13731620_1051405958229678_5090250542499914878_n-1IMG_2209

 

 

 

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