Snetterton Duratec Race – 25th April 2010 – Driver Patrick Sherrington

Snetterton Race Report April 25th 2010

We arrived at Snetterton for the first round full of expectations.  Clive and Cindy had been working hard on the car all over the winter and a new car, the soon to be named “Marvellous Megan” was the result.  A number of mods had taken place and if the theory proved right we should be competitive but qualifying would tell all.

Qualifying
Out onto the track and once in clear space was soon into the 1 mins 9s but we knew we would need to go faster having seen the pace of the March and the Gunn in pre race testing.   A quick trip to the pits for some tyre pressures and out again and was able to push hard straight away.  Down into the 1 min 8s and into second place behind Neil Boroughs in the Gunn. This was to be short lived as reigning champ Mike Jenvey went faster so down into 3rd.  Another quick lap and we were back second again with a 1 min 7.9!  Awesome pace and just 0.6 off pole.

Race
To say I was nervous at the start was an understatement.  The first second place grid position and in 2009 I had suffered from appalling starts thus throwing away all the hard work in qualifying and was determined not to do the same again.  After the warm up lap the start was delayed for what seemed an age but then up came the 5 second board lights to red then off and away!

“Megan” leapt away and into the lead.  This was more like it and I was hopeful of taking the lead into the first corner but as we accelerated up through the gears the Gunn of Boroughs found some serious pace and drew level again and held me to the outside for the first bend.  I soon found that the outside was not the place to be and had a big slide on the still damp track.  This allowed Mike Jenvey up the inside into the second corner with the Juno of Robert Oldershaw close behind.  I fended off the attentions of the Juno and as we crossed the line for the first time concentrated on catching Mike.  Sadly for him he found the same slippery piece of track at the first corner but at about 30mph faster than I had and he flew off into the famous Snetterton cabbages to rejoin behind so into second.

All this action had allowed the Gunn to build a strong lead and I pressed for several laps to catch up but after one slide too many for my liking and the gap to 3rd increasing I decided to not risk the car and settle for a superb second well ahead of the rest of the field.

A great start to the season for the Systems ADI Group MCR!

Roll on Brands Hatch Grand Prix

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