Snetterton is a great track where drivers sometimes have a little more confidence in pushing themselves and their cars to the limits.
I’m thrilled that this year my return to Snetterton is with my own team and I couldn’t ask for a better group of drivers than Ben, Peter and Jason.
Its our second weekend and everything ran according to plan. We picked up podiums and a good degree of personal successes.
This weekend has only made me more excited about the year we have ahead of us.
Darren “Daz” Winter
Ben Caisley added two more podium finishes to his SR1 Cup seasons tally at Snetterton, but is still chasing a repeat of his first weekend victory in the DW Racing prepared Gen 2 Radical SR1.
After qualifying fourth for the opening race of the weekend, he spent most of the 11 lap race in a duel with works driver Dougie Bolger for third.
“He held me up all the way, but I did have a go at Riches until he cut me off”
With three laps to go he finally made it by to secure the final podium place.
“[Bolger] made a mistake and it was all I needed.”
Rishover qualified fourth for the opening sprint race,
“I got my time in early and it felt awesome,”
As the lights went out for the race Rishover did his best to hold onto third place
“I stuck with [Ayres] for a few laps and then suffered for it”.
Rishover had to accept a solid fourth overall but a fantastic 1st in the Fangio class with a 1.7 gap to Sweetnam behind.
Tyler qualified 10th
“incredibly close but I was compromised on my best lap”
Tyler was making a move on the opening lap of the race
“It was awesome, going around the outside at Riches into eighth,”
he explained. The remainder of the race was spent chasing Matt Jones, but had Andy Lowe behind, close enough to remain a threat. But over the final laps the gaps began to open and he was left to settle in a solid eighth, third in the Fangio class behind Rishover and John Macleod.
Race 2 – Sprint
Starting third on the grid for the second race he successfully held the inside line through Riches to retain his place over Bolger.
The lead pair had already started to escape leaving Caisley to consolidate his advantage over Bolger.
“We made some changes and they didn’t work. The lead pair got away early again, but I had good pace near the end,”
he concluded after staying clear in third.
Starting 3rd in the second race Rishover was straight into a duel with Preen who started alongside in 6th.
“Chris Preen got me at the start, but I stayed with him and tried to rechallenge, but overheated my tyres,”
He held onto fifth but had Chris Short closing in and at the finish he just held on with only 0.143 secs in hand.
Starting 10th Tyler was in ninth at the end of the opening lap but was soon under pressure, after a brave move around the outside at the Wilson Hairpin.
Into Agostini’s on lap four Short got by
“then I ran wide on the exit and Lowe followed him”
After Sweetnam and Lowe touched he was back into ninth,
“then Ben Stone drove into me at Murrays”
he added after being side-lined three laps from home.
The race unfortunately ended with a DNF.
Race 3 – Endurance
Caisley started ahead of other SR1s competing in the optional endurance race. During the 40 minutes, a panicked competitor moved unpredictably and Caisley was forced into an evasive maneuver resulting in damage to the car.
Despite this hindrance, Ben was able to finish the race P2 in Class finishing behind Bolger. A great fight back after some early sustained damage.
After two top six finishes in the sprint races, Rishover was out of luck in the Enduro. Starting P10 after the mornings qualification, he once again was heading into Riches in the top six, Jones spun and Rishover went off in avoidance, rejoining last.
After two safety car interventions he was back up to 6th but spun himself at Riches challenging Lowe for fifth on lap 13.
Continuing in seventh after the pitstops his pace began to drop,
“the engine started to lose power, so I waved cars by and pitted,”
he explained after retiring 19 laps in.
Tyler qualified in seventh earlier in the day but was off over the grass at Hamilton on lap eight.
“Lowe gave me a tap exiting Agostini, as I re-joined I spun on my own dirt,”
But after the pit stops he scythed through the order to snatch sixth a lap from home
“what a mega fightback and great fun too”