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SNETTERTON: Sunday, 19 August

Sunday lived up to it's name; even at 8am, the heat was evident and we knew we were in for a hot one. It's days like this that we remember fondly when the wind chills our bones in October and March at race meetings. It wasn't to be wall to wall sunshine today though, as the rain clouds made a brief appearance during the Enurance Championship race.

Before that though, to qualifying. It was a customary early start and the 1 hour session began at 0930. Nicola chose to take the first stint. The skies were a brilliant blue as she took to the track. It wasn't long before there was a red flag and she, along with the other drivers, had to sit and wait for a hot and sticky 10 minutes whilst the track was cleared.

One lap later, she posted the fastest lap of the session (including Peter's stint) with a 2:23.43. Peter went out on lap 9, but couldn't get near Nicola's time. That time was good enough for 15th place, 3rd in class, ahead of the much faster Nissan 350z and Mini Cooper S. The BMW M3 of Intersport Racing was again on pole, closely followed by the M3 of Michael Symons (racing for the second time this weekend on his own) and two Sean Leon Supercopas.

After lunch, the weather started to turn, and grey clouds swooped in over the Norfolk countryside. During the Endurance Championship race, it started to rain. If it continued, it would make the Production Cup race much more interesting! Fortunately, it never amounted to more than a light shower and before long, the blue skies had returned.

The race got underway a little later than planned, at 1648, the Intersport M3 keeping the lead into the first corner. Nicola was first out again and had a good stint, achieving a fastest lap of 2:22.85 on lap 18, just before she pitted on lap 20 for refueling and for Peter to take over.

An uneventful race finished 90 minutes later, with Peter taking the flag in 10th place, 4th in class, so just not making the podium.

And so the last visit of the season to Snetterton draws to a close. It's been a fantastic weekend, with glorious sunshine and two great results for the team, with great drives from Nicola and Peter. 

As I write this, the sun is on it's long slow journey to the horizon, turning the fields of barley a golden yellow. A fitting end to a superb weekend.

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