Three Hour GT4 Race at Snetterton AMOC Enduro

28th May 2011

AMOC hosted three races on the new Snetterton 300 circuit on Saturday May 28th, all featured pit stops with Aston Martin Racing’s GT4 series headlining.

The Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of Great Britain race was the longest to date for the series, a three hour event featuring three compulsory pitstops. The Saudade Motorsport GT4 of Alan Hudd, Chris Scragg and Any Scragg was damaged in qualifying and missed the race, with the Generation AMR duo of Mark Poole and Richard Abra continuing their fine form from the Silverstone series opener and claiming pole. Kirsten le Blanc and Dan Dezille, the latter making his GT4 Challenge debut, lined up second on the grid.

The lead changed hands in the early laps between the Poole and Abra car, Vantage |Racing’s Alan Bonner and Tom Black, and the le Blanc / de Zille GT4, before a lengthy safety car period was triggered by Andrew Frankel, who damaged his car’s sump on the Brundle kerbs and dropped his oil round the latter part of the lap – several cars spinning. That set the tone for the race, the timing of pitstops becoming critical, particularly for the Chris Kemp and Stuart Hall car which led for much of the middle of the race, the duo penalised for having Le Mans racer Hall on board by having to make longer pitstops.

A Safety Car period as the pitstop window was coming to a close made the final stops critical, and Nicholas Mee Racing timed it perfectly to leave de Zille with a handy lead. Abra was lapping quickly and closing in, but a late stop to hand back to Poole dropped their car back, while another driver pushing hard was Hall, who brought the Stratton GT4 up to second. Black passed Poole late on to take the final podium slot.

Supporting the GT4s were two Heritage Grand Touring Car Challenge races, both over 40-minutes and featuring compulsory pit stops. Race one saw a close battle at the front, Oliver Bryant taking over the family V8 Morgan from father Graeme and driving through to take the win from the Lotus Sunbeam Tiger of Phillip Seamen and Joss Ranchetti.

In race two, MGB GT of John Wilson, driving solo, took the win, his lead after the stops too much for Bryant Jnr. to overhaul this time, the Morgan third behind the rapid Tiger, which was second once more.

Next AMOC meeting is the St John Horsfall Meeting at Donington Park, June 25th and 26th

Paul Jurd

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