2014 UK Time Attack Championship Round 3 – Snetterton 05/07/2014
The event was run on the Snetterton 200 layout which cuts out the 1 mile in field section resulting in some very high speeds recorded along the Bentley back straight. A big test for man and machine for sure!
Arriving early on the Saturday morning to a wet and cloudy Snetterton circuit it was clear the Pirelli wets would definitely be required for the warm up session at least! Olly went out and recorded a 1.21.735 in tricky conditions with lots of spray for the drivers to contend with. This was enough to take the fastest time in that session by nearly 1.4 seconds over Andy Demitriou’s Mitsubishi Evo 8.
Going into Practice later that morning with the track still wet but conditions perhaps slightly improved with showers replacing the more persistent rain from warm up, we ran the car for 10 laps taking the fastest time of the session with a 1.17.184 second lap. This improved on our time from Warm up and this time 2.531 seconds clear of the Mitsubishi Evo 6 of SVA Imports.
Brighter skies and a noticeably drying track greeted us for Qualifying mid-afternoon although some areas of the track remained quite damp off line. Also a gearbox failure on the Mitsubishi Evo 8 of Andy Demitriou had left areas of the track pretty treacherous from the escaped transmission fluid. The decision was made to unleash the Pirelli slicks from their warmers and send Olly out on track with the team excited to see what the car was capable on its first competitive run on the stickiest rubber. We were not disappointed with Olly once again setting the benchmark with a 1.13.052 fastest lap this time 0.266 seconds ahead of SVA Imports Mitsubishi Evo 6.
Unfortunately towards the end of our qualifying run the car experienced an engine misfire and with less than an hour and a half between Qualifying and the Final the team were unable to fully resolve the issue. Now fully dry the track conditions were good but with the car down on power the car eventually came in third overall which still gave the team a valuable haul of points towards our championship campaign.
The result has left us in a healthy second position overall and closing in on the leading team with three events still to go. The battle now moves on to Cadwell Park on the 9th August where we will hope to be able to climb back to the top of the podium.