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Snetterton 300
26 July 2015 Round 8 2000 and Classic


Qualifying

The weather Gods have a sense of humour, as they decreed that Sunday would be dry qualifying, which meant that the dry formbook could be used, and very accurate it was with Daryl Jones on pole, 1.2 seconds ahead of Robbie Watts who edged out Tony Bishop. Daneil Hands and Neil Harrison filled the next couple of slots, in front of Shane "The Rain" Kelly.

Rain or dry, it was no surprise to see Wil Arif on Classic pole, though nearly a secind ahead of the rapid Bryn Tootell was surprising. 3 2000s separated Robin Dawe in his FVL, followed by Matthew Tighe and a very competitive 5th from Peter Whitmore in his bike-carb Toyota Reynard.

Despite a promising qualifying, Nathan Corridon had to go home with an oil pressure issue. Alistair Bell's electrical problem continued and and withdrew before the race. Chris Davison was an impressive 8th, and will surely be a challenger for honours when he has the car to his satisfaction, but had a rear corner issue which stopped him joining the race.

Race

Just to ensure symmetry, it was raining for the race, so we had a full set of conditions. Daryl Jones held his lead fro the first lap but with Shane Kelly having moved up 4 places it was almost inevitablethat he wouldn't hold it for anothert lap, and sure enough Shane took the lead on lap 2, thereafter building it by around 4 seconds per lap to finish a dominant 18 seconds ahead. Daryl's lead over the rest of the field was equally impressive, a 32 second gap until Tony Bishop crossed the line. Robbie Watts had held the 3rd slot until delayed 20+ seconds on lap 3. Robbie picked off Wil Arif on the next lap, but again had a delay, this time dropping behind Wil and Bryn. He retook his place on the next lapand then "behaved himself" to finish fourth. Bryn had been shadowing Wil closely and, in a superb last lap effort, overtook him for the Classic One Slot and fifth overall.

James Rimmer initially built a lead on Robin Dawe, but the Gloucestershire engineer kept pushing and caught up with James, only for James to rebuild the margin and finsih overall 7th, Robin getting the 3rd Classic podium step. There was some surprise that Terry Clark, another rainman, finished 13 seconds behind Robin, but points are points. With a great start, Terry demoted 10 cars on lap one, and then Jake Mayes on lap 2. Jake finished not far behind Terry but had the honour of being last of the unlapped.

James Williams may have qualified at the back of the grid, but lap by lap he moved up the pack, getting quicker as the race progressed, to finish 6th Classic, edging out Matthew Tighe who had an issue on lap 4.Mark Drew was 8th in class, Mat Jordan 9th after a 2nd lap kerfuffle

Tony Cotton

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Shane "Gene" Kelly, yesterday  

 

Shane Kelly

Bryn Tottell

James Rimmer and Robin Dawe

Kevin Couling spent time in the pits but finished