Race Report for Round Eleven- Sprint Race
Chamberlain claims victory after close battle at Snetterton
Tricky conditions greeted the field for Sunday’s sprint race, and clearly caught some by surprise.
After a cracking qualifying session, John Seale looked to be the man to beat. But an incident on the first lap saw the Lamborghini plummet down the order. Richard Chamberlain inherited the lead, with Seamus Jennings nipping at his heels. GTC polesitter Christoforou quickly set off on a charge, frequently setting fastest laps of the race while catching up to his GTO rivals. Soon, the three of them were separated by barely a second in a three way battle for the overall lead.
The bad luck for Seale continued as he got tangled in an incident with Team Hard’s Steve Chandler. Chandler lost out to John Whitehouse and Brent Millage, while Seale dropped even further down the order.
When the chequered flag dropped, it was Chamberlain just ahead of Jennings and Christoforou. The GTO podium was completed by Graham Tilley, despite a late charge from John Seale who claimed the fastest lap of the race.
A little way back from the front, an excellent battle was shaping up between James Webb and Graham de Zille. Separated by less than a tenth, Webb eventually made the move to claim fourth overall and second in the GTC group. Webb retained second in GTC, finishing in an FF Corse sandwich. Christoforou took the group win, with Graham de Zille in third.
More silverware for Top Cats Racing as Sander Mortensen claimed the GTB group win. The #3 Marcos Mantis beat Lucky Khera and David Frankland to the top step of the podium. The second Mortensen Mantis combination ended up fourth, while Fraser Smart unfortunately had to stop the car after a couple of laps.
Sam Randon followed on from his GTH pole position in the best possible way, grabbing the sprint race group win. The Team Hard man finished ahead of John Whitehouse in the #44 McLaren and Brent Millage in the #54 Spy Motorsport Porsche. The two Whitebridge Motorsport Aston Martins of Chris Murphy and Mal Sandford finished fourth and fifth in group.
Steve Chandler found himself competing on his own once again as Del Shelton’s BMW ground to a halt after nine laps. Chandler took another trophy home for the #79 Team Hard Racing squad.