Slippery when wet (and oily) at Snetterton

Posted on June 28, 2022.

The Pirelli Ferrari formula classic Series’ annual visit to Snetterton saw 11 cars entered for the three 20-minute races held on the 3-mile long ‘300 circuit’, the entry being lower than normal due to the clashing Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch in which several of our regular racers were competing.

Before Qualifying the PFfc competitors led the Ferrari parade for a couple of laps of the circuit, with a group photo and grid walkabout. Then it was down to the serious business of Qualifying, and whilst the Snetterton 300 circuit provides ample space for a clear run, the 3-mile length and subsequent lap times in excess of 2:10 sec means that there are less laps available within the 20-minute session in which to set a competitive lap time, or indeed two competitive lap times as the starting positions for Race 2 are determined by the 2nd fastest laps posted during Qualifying. At the end of the 20-minute session Tris Simpson (Group 5 355 Challenge) topped the time sheets a full 2-seconds clear of the similar machinery of Tim Walker, with Vance Kearney’s 355 Challenge a further 0.5-seconds adrift. Andy Riddoch (328 GTB) headed the Group 3 runners just 1.3 tenths of a second quicker than Peter Fisk in his 328 GTB, with Jago Keen (308 GTB) the fastest in Group 2. Tony Claringbould’s Mondial T being the only Group 4 entry, qualifying in 8th overall.

Steve Burns

You can read more of the latest race report online penned by Series Co-Ordinator Steve Burns offering a unique perspective of the meet.

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