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SNETTERTON: Saturday, 12 May

The paddock awoke to a race day that was cold and wet, with a strong wind blowing in across the Fens. Not as strong as Friday thankfully when the winds threatened to take the MGA Motorsport awning for a short flight across the Norfolk track.

The team are running just one car this weekend, that belonging to the father and daughter pairing of Peter and Nicola Gillatt. Unfortunately, Ryan Cefferty isn't running due to a blown engine and Tony Rodgers is sidelined with a broken left hand, suffered during a routine trip to the supermarket. Rumours that he was racing other shoppers in the Tesco Trolley Grand Prix and oversteered into a stack of Quality Street tins later proved unfounded.

The 30 minute qualifying session started just after 9am with a wet track, the rain only just stopping before the lights went out. Peter was taking the first stint, intending to hand over to Nicola after 15 minutes. Conditions were very slippy, even on the wet weather tyres, although it wasn't long before slick tyres would start to give an advantage. Peter therefore decided to pit on lap 3, to allow Nicola to take the final stint on slicks.

Unfortunately, the track was still quite slippy, even more so on slicks, and as Nicola exited Riches, the backend broke away, pitching her into a spin and on to the wet grass. She eventually stopped in the long grass of a neighbouring field. That was the end of qualifying for the team, a disappointing 22nd start position for the race, with a 2:35.017. Back to the truck the team went, to clean the grass out from the suspension and plan the race strategy.

The clock wound around to 12.30 and the start of the 90 minute, and what would turn out to be a 37 lap, race, this time in much improved conditions and a dry track (although the wind was still blowing, sending a chill throughout the paddock). The race itself was fairly uneventful, with three other drivers unable to finish the race. Peter started the race again, Nicola taking the driving seat on lap 20 to drive to the finish.

The race was won some 22 laps later by the Seat Leon Supercopa of the Mark Cunningham team in class 1; class 2 was won by another Supercopa run by Topcats Racing, whilst class 3 was won by the Ginetta G40 of Piranha Motorsport. Peter and Nicola, racing in class 3, finished 5th in class (18th overall). The day ended in bright sunshine, the chill air a distant memory. How things could have been different if these had been the conditions in qualifying!

We move on now to the next event at Brands Hatch, a circuit that always produces plenty of action. We'll be there testing on Friday 1 June, with qualifying and the race on Saturday 2 June.

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Mike Gorton

Mike Gorton holds an "S" Grade ARDS Instructor license and can provide tuition at any circuit in the UK. He is a Senior Instructor at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park. He is available for driver tuition on a daily basis at prices starting from £250.

Please see the Driving Tuition page for further details.

 

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