26th September 2007


Hampshire sportscar racer, Peter Snowdon, suffered a weekend of frustration in the latest round of the FIA GT3 Championship at the Czech circuit of Brno. Despite taking his second finish in the category in the weekend’s second race, the MCD Developments backed racer was taken out of the opening race on the first lap.

Peter was hopeful of a move closer to the front of the grid at the challenging circuit, after the Tech 9 motorsport prepared Porsche 997 GT3 had been fitted with the upgrade kit in an effort to gain more pace on the Ferrari’s and Corvettes currently dominating the championship.

However, despite being slightly faster, Peter and driving partner Phil Keen were unable to break into the top 20 during qualifying. In the first race, ‘Snowy’ was down to start and as the lights went green he made up a handful of places. Unfortunately, before reaching the end of the first lap he was caught up in an accident by four cars ahead of him and was taken out on the spot, leaving the team with plenty of work to do overnight before race two.

In the second race the team had more luck, with Keen handing the car over to Peter in good shape, allowing him to race hard with one of the Corvettes over the second half of the race, albeit for only 24th place.

“It’s been a frustrating weekend, really,” said Peter. “We had hoped that the upgrade kit on the Porsche would make a slightly bigger difference, but the cars at the front are running so fast. They’re quicker than GT2 pace, which is hard to race against.”

“It was a shame that we were taken out of the first race, I think we could have made up several more places over the course of the race. But it was one of those things; I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The team watched it on the TV screens and thought I’d got past it all, up until I got hit by another spinning car.”

Peter now has a seven week break before the final round of the championship takes place, at Dubai in the Middle East in November.


Words – Adam Proctor

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