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Fun all the way at Snetterton as Iron Maiden headline endurance race

PUBLISHED: 10:11 03 August 2017

Current Fun Cup leaders Team Trooper Iron Maiden at Snetterton last year. Picture: Marvin Hall Photo

Current Fun Cup leaders Team Trooper Iron Maiden at Snetterton last year. Picture: Marvin Hall Photo

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The Fun Cup Championship reaches the halfway point at Snetterton this Saturday with a six-hour endurance race around the 300 layout.

Fun Cup action at Snetterton last year. Picture: Marvin Hall PhotoFun Cup action at Snetterton last year. Picture: Marvin Hall Photo

The series for Audi-powered VW Beetle-bodied cars always provides an exciting finish at the Norfolk venue making for compelling viewing.

The Team Trooper Iron Maiden squad currently lead the standings with drivers Paul Wighton, Antonio Armelin, Harry Mailer and Jake Rattenbury, who started the year off with a narrow victory at Silverstone. Second place then followed at Oulton Park, with former BTCC race winner Anthony Reid joining the squad, while they were narrowly beaten into third at Brands Hatch.

Reigning champions JPR-UVio trail the leaders by 12 points, having finished eighth in the opening event, but the Graham Roberts/Farquini Deott squad beat their rivals at round two, claiming victory, and defeated them again at Brands Hatch.

Having won last year’s corresponding event at Snetterton the Roberts/Deott pairing will take some beating.

The only other winning team is the Marcus Clutton/Peter Belshaw pairing who triumphed at Brands but, having missed the opening two races, will be focusing on adding to their victory tally.

The Chris Hart-led Track Torque 2 Rent Dominos team, with Henry Dawes as co-driver, are third in the standings and will be keen to defeat the top two teams – they have the pedigree.

Another team to watch out for are the Chris Webster MAK Racing squad, who have recruited the vastly-experienced Stuart Hall to lead the team with Michele Haywood.

Two races for the Caterham Academy complete the day’s action. This series is for novice racers who compete in either the Green or White groups.

From the Academy it is possible to graduate through the Caterham series ranks and is an excellent introduction into motorsport at an affordable level.

Currently Daniel French leads Toby Clowes by four points in the Green Group while Andy Morgan heads Tom Allen by 12 in the White Group with the first race getting under way at 10.55am.

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