Snetterton -21st July 2012 – Patrick Sherrington
Closer – ever closer. Team MCR were pleased to host Nic Johnson who tried out my car on the Friday test session. Despite not racing for a couple of years Nic was soon posting some great times and was significantly quicker than anyone in the days only dry session.
Qualifying Qualifying started well with a decent time very early on which put me on pole. Mike Jenvey was soon challenging though and we traded the pole spot a couple of times. I grabbed it back and kept it right until the last minute when Mike put in a great lap and pipped me be 0.2 so second place it was but I was pleased to be 2.5 seconds ahead of the third place position so it looked like it was going to be a straight fight for the top spot.
Race The grid at Snetterton puts you level with the pole man although on the outside with the rest of the grid tightly packed behind and I was keen for get a good start and challenge into the first corner. Red lights out and a made a controlled start with virtually zero wheel spin. I edged ahead of Mike Jenvey into the first corner and a quick check of the mirror saw no one else in sight and a decent gap to Mike. The red flags then came out to stop the race as sadly there had been a big start line accident taking out a number of cars including Paul Martin in the black and orange MCR.
Back for the restart I got another good start and held on to lead into the first corner crossing the line 0.3 up on Mike Jenvey and some 2 seconds ahead of the rest of the field already. Mike and I then had a terrific scrap for the lead. He was quicker through the mega fast right hander at Riches as I was suffering from oversteer there and he was also good into the Essess. However I was able to match his pace in a number of places and could pull a gap in the twisty infield section of the Snetterton 300 track. I held the lead until lap 7 when Mike got a good run out of Riches and dived up the inside into the hairpin. I tried to instantly get back ahead out of the hairpin but he held the line and kept the position.
I carried on pushing but couldn’t quite get back on terms and crossed the line a fine second having led 7 of the 12 laps and some 45 seconds ahead of the 3 placed contender.