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JMT Mono Championship Round 15
SNETTERTON 300 8 October 2016


Saturday

With the Mono 2000 and Classic classes sewn up by respectively Kevin Otway and Robin Dawe, the big fight took place in F3.  With Ben Cater 10 points ahead of  Tony Bishop, his priority would be to finish with points whereas Tony, and indeed Chris Hodgen (12 behind), needed podiums and ideally firsts.

Tony threw down the gauntlet with a pole, ahead of Ashley Dibden who had so far only appeared at Brands., Dave Gillett joining in the fun in 3rd, Ben 4th and Chris 5th. When the reds went out, Ashley took the lead and held it to the end, being gradually reeled in by Tony Bishop, 0.6 seconds adrift at the flag, swapping fastest laps for much of the race.  David Gillett dropped to 5th while Ben Cater and Chris Hodgen fought a thrilling race, Ben staying ahead but only barely for much of the event. Behind Dave Gillett, Russ Giles rose from 12th on the grid to 6th at the end of lap 1, and held the place despite being chased by an equally surprisingly lowly qualifying James Drew Williams who came up from16th on the grid to 8th on lap 2, and  passed new-to-Mono Hayden Edmunds FR for 7th on lap 7. The 3 finished together, barely a car length between Russ and James at the finish. Mike Hatton, came up from18th to overall 10th, passing a duelling James Harris (11th) and Jacky Liu (12th) in the process. David Gambling completed the class, being mysteriously black flagged at one point.

As befits a champion elect, Kevin Otway won 2000 convincingly, racing with F3’s messrs Hatton, Harris and Liu. Potential challengers Mat Jordan and Terry Clark were initially welded to each other, but Mat fell away while Nigel Davers, starting from the back with a 10 second penalty following a technical issue after practice, came through to finish 2nd, demoting Terry on lap 7. Taylor McVean completed the 2000 finishers, Mark Drew and Kevin Couling dropping out.

The classic class was fairly thin with only Will McAteer and Marcus Sheard, Will finishing ahead.

Tony Cotton

Disclaimer: The above represents only the unofficial view of the writer and not of the Monoposto Racing Club in any way whatsover. .