Snetterton gearing up for British GT Championship and battle for Formula Three crown
PUBLISHED: 07:54 23 May 2018
A combination of safety cars and penalties for the opposition allowed the Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman Mercedes AMG GT3 to win the previous round of the British GT Championship having started from last place on the grid.
It is unlikely that a similar feat will take place this weekend at Snetterton in either of the two one-hour races, but the competition for victory will be just as intense.
The Snetterton layout seems to favour the Lamborghini Huracan, with the Phil Keen/Jon Minshaw example having won three out of the previous four races and the pairing will be aiming to add to their victory tally.
The Aston Martin Vantage attack will be led by the Andrew Howard/Darren Turner crew with a pair of podium places in their sights. Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam are also Aston Martin mounted and Haigh, the first female racer to win a British GT race outright at Oulton Park, would love a repeat in Norfolk and certainly has the speed and equipment to pull it off.
In the GT4 category the Ginetta G55-mounted Callum Pointon and Patrik Matthiesen hold a healthy lead over the young pairing of Michael O’Brien and Charlie Fagg, and their McLaren 570S, while soap star Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman will look to continue their improvement aboard their Nissan 370Z.
There is little to choose between the top two in British Formula Three Championship with Linus Lundqvist narrowly ahead of Nicolai Kjaergaard with their battle for supremacy likely to continue at the Norfolk venue.
Double amputee Billy Monger hopes for better luck than at the previous round when his third race ended after a clash with Tom Gamble sent him airborne.
Former BTCC racer Ant Whorton-Eales is the man to beat in the Mini JWC series and heads to Snetterton with a handy 17-point cushion over 17-year-old Jordan Collard, son of BTCC racer Rob, who will be keen to close the gap to the leader.
Consistency has put Chris Panayiotou at the head of the Volkswagen Racing Cup with his Scirocco. The Ginetta G40 and GRDC Championships plus the eclectic mix of Northern Saloon and Sports Cars complete the programme, which starts at 9am on both days.