WHEN YOU ARE FITTED IN A RACING CAR AND YOU RACE TO WIN, SECOND OR THIRD PLACE IS NOT ENOUGH.
The 2018 season finished in style with two race meetings held at Snetterton which saw all the formulae finish their seasons.. Check out the race reports and who won driver of the month, full race report for the Birkett Relay Race will feature in the December newsletter..
Snetterton 300 Race Report
Huge grids were a feature of the first of two 750 Motor Club finale weekends at Snetterton. The Club Enduro Championship showed this best with an incredible 50-car grid for the two-hour race, which took place over 53 laps of the 300 Circuit. The race saw Matt Nossiter and Steve Hewson crowned overall Enduro champions.
Hot Hatch drivers competed over the two days with one very soggy first race which was won by Ben Rushworth with title contender Steve Sawley crashing out, this gave Ben the title for Class A. Rodren Vella was victorious in Class B with Phil Wright crashing out. In Class C Michael Winkworth wrapped up the overall title and the class C title.
In Classic Stock Hatch, two frenetic Classic Stock Hatch races finally saw Lee Scott win a race with his Fiesta XR2i and that meant he took his sixth championship title.
Joe Lock claimed his first Sports Prototype victory in Bikesports in their opener, but it was Andy Chittenden, who took second after a mighty battle. Joe Stables claimed the overall title after nine wins, while Lee Torrie won the class A title in spite of not competing in the final two events.
An eighth victory of the season was enough was Shaun Traynor to take the MR2 Championship title.
Tom Griffiths took his first Sports Specials victory in a Tiger in the season finale. Matthew Booth won the earlier race but that wasn’t enough to stop Rob Johnston from taking the class A title. Lee Emm claimed his seventh class B title on his way to the overall championship, while Stuart Thompson won the class in the second race.
Michael Price and former British GT4 champion Marcus Clutton won a wet Roadsports race. Josh Johnson, Liam Crilly and Pete Seely all claimed class victories. Johnson (Golf) and Crilly (RX8) impressively finished on the overall podium.
In the BMW Car Club Racing, David Heasman won twice, despite not leading at any point other than across the line in the opener.
Graham Crowhurst and Tom Coller took their first victories in the M3 Cup but it was Coller that claimed the title.
Ben Short won all three MX5 races, but it was Paul Maguire that took the title with five victories.
For full race reports check out the link below..
Snetterton 200 Race Report
In the Clio 182 championship, Patrick Fletcher won a tight Clio 182 opener, which meant he won a third consecutive title.
After finishing on the podium ten times prior to Snetterton, Martin West finally won a Locost race – and then made it two later in the day. David Winter scored a maiden podium, while Paul Clark scored a career best second but it was Mark Burton who was champion in his circuit racing season debut.
Chippy Wesemael dominated both RGB S1000 races but Billy Albone claimed the title, after having to borrow Dave Watson’s Spire.
Graham Gant won twice in the Formula Vee Championship, Peter Belsey fought him to the flag in the second race. That brought Gant’s winning tally up to six but it was Craig Pollard that took the title – in a season that he finished every race and won four times.
Ed Pither returned to the 750 Formula Championship with a repaired PRS and won both times, making it eight this season
Ben Myall beat Simon Boulter in the final standard Historic 750 Formula race of the season, while Mike Harvey just took third in a tight three-way battle for third. Boulter came out on top of the handicap race.
For a full race report check out the link below..
Driver Of The Month - Martin West
Congratulations to Martin West for winning the driver of the month for November. Martin had always been close to winning in the competitive Locost series having finished on the podium 10 times previous. At Brands he came within 0.03seconds of winning! Snetterton 200 held the final two races of the Locost championship in glorious autumnal sunshine. Martin qualified in 4th place, a great place to start when slipstreaming would be the key. In the first race Martin got off to a great start and was up to 2nd, lap 3 he took the lead from Mark Burton, the pair trading places. It was three for the lead with David Winter leading on the penultimate lap, Martin put in a great display and crossed the line 0.23seconds ahead for his first victory. The second race was as tight as the first race, with Mark Burton, Martin and this time Paul Clark trading places at the front. Lap 7 saw Martin in the lead which he never gave up to take double victory at the last meeting of the year. Nice boast going into the winter break..
Special Mention must go to Sam McKee and Adam Mealand, as you know Sam drives his BMW to each race meeting.. Snetterton the car did them proud, not only did they compete in their usual roadsports but they ventured into Club Enduro for the first time.. they finished 7th in class an amazing effort from the McKee Motorsport team!
Patrick Fletcher produced the race of his life to win his 3rd championship. It all looked like it was going to go down to the wire with Jack Kingsbury in the lead and Patch down to 4th, he produced a stunning drive to set fastest lap and pass De Graaff, Polley and Kingsbury to win..
MACAW News -
MACAW Motorsport dipped their toes into Locost racing at the Snetterton 200 circuit, Paul Kaynes took to the wheel of the Locost and enjoyed some slipstreaming action.
In the first of the Hot Hatch races on the 300 circuit Ian Williamson continued his great form by finishing 2nd in the soaking wet conditions, with team mate Rob Fagg right behind him. In the 2nd race it was a MACAW 1 -2 finish with Williamson going one better and winning for the 3rd race meeting in a row with Fagg following behind in 2nd.
Well done to the whole team on their first season of Motorsport, SJN Photography have been proud to be a part of it and look forward to 2019..
SJN 2019 Calendar has been released
The 2019 Calendar is now released with delivery between the 1st and 2nd week of December, If you would like a copy please message me to be put on the list..
The best of 2018 album will arrive soon as will the 2018 video montage be sure to check the Facebook page in the coming weeks!