Stanley puts Ferrari 488 at the top
SNETTERTON BARC SEPTEMBER 8-9
A Ferrari 488 Challenge made a special Britcar appearance at Snetterton and took both Sprint race wins in the hands of Laurent de Meeus and Jamie Stanley.
In both races Ross Wylie in a Ferrari
458 built a sizeable lead in the opening stint over de Meeus, who more commonly competes in the European Ferrari Challenge series in his 488. But Wylie’s partner
David Mason was not able to match Stanley’s times in either second stint, meaning the 458 was runner-up twice.
“It’s my third ever win and all of them have been at Snetterton,” said de Meeus. “It’s a wonderful feeling. I came here to keep a bit in shape and practice and also to have a bit of a different experience.”
Simon Rudd and Tom Barley claimed the race-one Britcar Endurance category win in their Ginetta G55, beating overall championship leaders Matt Greenwood and Sarah Moore in their G50.
They finished third and fourth respectively in the two-hour second race, which was won by Mike Mccollum and Sean Cooper in a KTM X-bow, which, in greasy track conditions, chased down and passed Sam Randon and Angus Dudley’s G55 late on.
“I decided I’ll just drive it like it’s dry,” said Cooper. Both cars had a variety of race one problems. Mccollum had a puncture and a spin, while Randon and Dudley dropped out early and started race two from the back after the Team Hard squad did a differential rebuild.
Stephen Whitelegg chipped away at John Mickel’s Legends Championship table lead with a hat-trick of wins on the meeting’s opening day. Mickel could only manage a second, eighth – when he struggled in treacherous conditions – and third place after being hobbled by an oil leak from a cracked engine head.
Mickel hit back the next day with three podiums, having solved his problem with epoxy putty, all ahead of Whitelegg, while the wins were taken by Miles Rudman, Marcus Pett and Matthew Pape.
Dominant reigning champion Ryan Smith won the opening British Truck Racing Championship Division 1 race in his MAN TGA, but couldn’t reach the front in the
subsequent reversed-grid races. Those were won by Simon Reid’s Iveco Stralis, Terry Gibbon’s MAN TG and David Jenkins’s MAN TGX, with Smith taking third, second and fifth respectively.
Division 2 leader Luke Garrett won two of the four races, but inherited one of them after Steve Powell’s MAN TGS got a post-race 10-second penalty for a jumped start. Garrett led race one but received the black-and-orange flag as his MAN
TGX was leaking water; Brad Smith’s
DAF CF won.powell got revenge by beating Garrett to the final win.
David O’regan took the opening Pickups win as the chasing championship contenders faltered. Scott Bourne went off after a touch with O’regan when the latter didn’t see him, while Lea Wood stopped after hearing a noise from his gearbox. This kept Wood out of race two, in which Bourne beat O’regan.
Connor O’brien claimed both Super Mighty Mini victories and took the championship lead. He prevailed in race one after a long battle with Jeff Smith, ending when Smith’s engine blew.
O’brien then eased to race two victory. Championship leader Stuart Combes and Owen Edgley took the Mighty Mini wins.
Wylie, aboard the 458, had the legs of de Meeus in early stages, before tables were turned
Hat-trick of Legends wins for Whitelegg
Smith’s engine let go in Mini race