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It’s a family affair as Hollyman makes his marque at Snetterton

PUBLISHED: 07:12 13 July 2017

Robert Hollyman on the top step of the Intermarque podium. Ed Leigh (second) on the right and Peter Mangion (third) on the left. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

Robert Hollyman on the top step of the Intermarque podium. Ed Leigh (second) on the right and Peter Mangion (third) on the left. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

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Robert Hollyman was delighted to secure a hard-fought victory in the Intermarque race at Snetterton in front of friends and family.

Peter Mangion (44) passing the 33 car of Tom Houlbrooke and Simon Watts (58) on his way to second place in the Aston Martin GT Challenge. Picture: Ellen TunstallPeter Mangion (44) passing the 33 car of Tom Houlbrooke and Simon Watts (58) on his way to second place in the Aston Martin GT Challenge. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

The Norfolk-born racer blasted his Porsche 964 away from the grid to beat pole man James Hilliard’s 968 to the opening corner and then battled to keep his adversary at bay until the latter’s engine blew up.

However, Hollyman couldn’t rest easy as a late surge from Ed Leigh nearly saw the BMW racer unseat the leader.

Carlton Rode’s Gavan Kershaw blasted away from the Aston Martin GT Challenge grid to open up a healthy lead with his Stratton Motorsport-run Lotus Evora. Sadly for the local racer, the oil pressure light flashed on and he wisely switched off the engine.

This left the Mark Smith/David Cuff Porsche 997 to coast to victory while a late race clash at Agostini between Chris Murphy and newcomer Robert Tinn elevated Tom Black to fourth place and Murphy to the sidelines.

Gavan Kershaw leading the Aston Martin GT Challenge in his Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora. Picture: Ellen TunstallGavan Kershaw leading the Aston Martin GT Challenge in his Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

North Walsham’s James Paterson was delighted to have made the podium with third place in the 50s Sports Cars event, but his Lotus Eleven was outpaced by the Coopers of Tony Ditheridge and Robi Bernberg.

Meanwhile, in the concurrent Jaguar XK Challenge Fritton’s John Burton took the honours and also clung on to his fourth place under pressure from Mark Ellis’ MGA.

Burton was also involved in the Innes Ireland Cup race and along with co-driver Christopher Scholey chased hard after Marc Gordon, which paid off as they were able to steal fourth place on the final lap with their Jaguar E Type.

The Suffolk-built Ginetta G10 of James Hilliard/James Guess coasted to an easy victory which made up for their earlier disappointment in the Intermarque race.

Chris Ward pulverised the Historic Touring Car field with his 3.1 Cologne Capri, setting a scorching pace which saw him lap the entire field when he passed the 2.6-litre vision of Steve Dance two laps from the end. Completing the race winners was Rod Cull who claimed the spoils in the Equipe GTS race with his screenless TVR Grantura.

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