Ginetta take spoils at Snetterton

Track Action (photo by Jurek Biegus)Calum Lockie and FF Corse tightened their grip on the overall Britcar championship this weekend at Snetterton with a first and second place although not without some controversy.

Race 1 saw a comfortable victory for the Ferrari team ahead of Nathen Freke in a Ginetta G55 GT3 and the Nelson/Greensall Ferrari now also running under the FF Corse flag after they traded in their BAMD run class 2 car for a full class 1 GT3 ride.

The Neil Garner Motorsport Mosler came home 4th after a disappointing first stint from Manuel Cintrano left too much work for Javier Morcillo to pull back. However after the race the Mosler team lodged a dispute with the stewards after it emerged the winning Ferrari was running on Pirelli tyres as opposed to the regulation Dunlops.

Seemingly a clear breach of the regulations the team had in fact been given a dispensation to run the tyres after a supply problem at Dunlop had left them short however the regulations also called for the other teams to be informed of the decision. The result was that Lockie would start the second race on Dunlops resulting in much compromised performance from the Ferrari which had been set up to run on Pirelli rubber.

Track Action (photo by Jurek Biegus)Track Action (photo by Jurek Biegus)Track Action (photo by Jurek Biegus)Track Action (photo by Jurek Biegus)The controversy did not end there as some drivers expressed concern that the spirit of the championship was being undermined by allowing both Lockie and Freke, both professional drivers, to race solo whilst their competitors shared the driving between a professional and an amateur. Whilst fully within the regulations the mismatch was obvious to see as again Freke and Lockie dominated the second race.

Nathan Freke drove a strong race leading from start to finish whilst behind him Lockie struggled to get to grips with his now Dunlop shod Ferrari. He was able to hold off the challenge of Darren Nelson in the sister Ferrari whilst the Spaniards in the Mosler were forced out of the race late on with an alternator failure.

Class 3 was an all girl affair with Anna Walewska still enjoying her return to motorsport with a strong drive in the Intersport BMW allowing her co-driver and team owner Kevin Clarke to take the class 3 victory. Close behind and taking a break from her VW Fun Cup duties was multiple British GT4 race winner, Zoe Wenham, driving the Century Motorsport Ginetta G55.

Race 2 was another Ginetta victory but this time for Jensen Lunn and Alistair Lindsay in their newly acquired G50 that has replaced the Chevron that was so heavily damaged at Oulton Park. Walewska and Clarke took second with Wenham and Fresle taking the final step on the podium.

Race 2 also saw the class 4 cars join the fray with winner Amanda Black finishing in 5th place overall and securing class victory number 3 for a Ginetta team. With co-driver Ian Anderson she brought their Lifetime Racing Ginetta G50 home just 3 laps behind overall winner Nathan Freke and ahead of the entire class 3 field. By Jurek Biegus

 

 

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