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SNETTERTON - 17th August Raceday

Snetterton was the destination for the 5th round of the Britcar Production Sportscar Series. The MGA Motorsport team rolled into the Norfolk track on Friday for an all-day test session, which was mostly a success, except for Ryan Cefferty who unfortunately spun causing some damage to the front end of the red Mazda MX5 he shares with Dave Whitmore. Nothing that couldn't easily be repaired by the experienced MGA team though.
 
Team boss Mike Gorton was not going to be partnering Nicola Gillatt this race meeting; instead Nicola's dad, Peter, took the second seat . This was to be the first outing this season for Peter, leaving Mike to concentrate on running the team.
 
Joining us again in the Britcar number '0' MX5 were Skid Carrera and Anthony Shemmans, hoping to improve upon their 2nd in class last time out at Thruxton. 
 
We knew the weather couldn't be as good as we experienced at Thruxton in July; if anything it was too hot then (the MGA drivers were all grateful for the open-top MX5s!). Some (looking at you Mr Whitfield) who were praying for rain today. As it was, the paddock awoke to a bright, but very blustery day, but with showers forecast for later in the afternoon. And it didn't take long for the clouds to start to roll in.
 
The day's track activities were to comprise of a 3 hour test session, a 1 hour qualifying session and a 90 minute race. Neither Ryan and Dave, nor Nicola and Peter, were going to be participating in the test session, leaving Skid and Anthony to get to know both the MX5 and Snetterton a little more intimately. 
 
They eventually completed 34 laps, with a best time of 2:22.712. A commendable effort, as all three cars testing in class 4 were in the 2 minute, 22 seconds range.
 
The 1 hour qualifying session started at 12.30. All 19 cars competing this weekend were out lead by the Geoff Steel Racing BMW M3 of Keith Webster. He would eventually set the fastest time, and pole position, with a super fast time of 2:00.843, more than 2 seconds clear of another M3, that of the Intersport-run car driven by Hayes and Radcliffe.
 
Unfortunately, the qualifying session was red-flagged after Nicola had an accident at Williams, with quite a severe impact with the tyre wall. As she entered the corner, the car understeered off the track, onto the damp grass, and from that moment on, she was just a passenger until the moment of impact. 
 
Fortunately, Nicola only sustained a minor eye injury, that would be easily treated. The MX5 however, would need repairs that were beyond what could be effected at the track. That meant Nicola and Peter's raceday had unfortunately ended.
 
The session restarted for 10 minutes; the fastest class 4 car was the Mini JCW driven by Taylor and Cox, with a 2:14.677. Ryan and Dave were 3rd in class with a 2:18.854, Skid and Anthony 5th, with a 2:22.582, and Nicola and Peter, 6th, with a 2:26.597.
 
And so to the race, on the 2.9689 mile long 'Snetterton 300' circuit. Grid positions formed, the race started at 2.30pm. Fortunately, the race went off without incident, even though the rain clouds that had threatened all day, eventually dumped their contents, with 30 minutes to go. 
 
Many of the drivers elected to visit the pits to switch from slicks to rain tyres, but Dave Whitmore decided to keep going, even though by this time, he had lost 3rd and 4th gears which meant a very trying last stint. He was running second in class, right up until the last lap, when the Mini of Russell and Rogers just managed to nip past. 
 
The race was won by polesitter Webster in his M3, with a 40 second lead over second-place Graham Johnson in his Seat Supercopa. Class 4 was won by Taylor and Cox in the Mini JCW, with Dave and Ryan in third place. Skid and Anthony were just behind in their MX5.
 
So, a mixed weekend really; another podium for Dave and Ryan, consistent racing from Skid and Anthony, but no race and damage to repair for Nicola and Peter. It's a long break now to the next race, Donington on 2nd November, giving the team enough time to take in some holiday sun, repair the car and come back for a strong finish to the season.

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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.

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