MSVR provide thrills and spills at Snetterton 300 Weekend
A number of MotorSport Vision Racing's championships and series provided plenty of thrills and spills at the MSVR 300 Weekend held on the Snetterton 300 circuit last weekend (June 30 - July 1).
High speed Formula 3 cars of the F3 Cup, spectacular GT machines of the GT Cup and the highly competitive MINI Challenge headlined the action on the 2.99 mile Norfolk venue. The Marangoni Tyres Production BMW Championship, St Cross Electronics Monoposto Championship, Project Eight Racing Saloons and the Club MSV Team Trophy completed the line up, entertaining spectators with some fierce wheel-to-wheel action.
The MINI Challenge enjoyed four races filled with action and excitement which began on Saturday, with title contender Lee Allen holding off former BTCC driver Martin Depper to take victory in race one. Allen's winning run continued in race two after coming through an enthralling five car battle to grab the win. Depper looked to have done enough to take the flag only for a mistake on the penultimate lap gifted Allen the win. Race three saw Sam Osborne visit to the top step of the podium as he came through a drama-filled encounter. Allen, who had made contact with Ant Whorton-Eales at the start, came home in third but was disqualified for overtaking under yellow flags. Renault Clio Cup star Whorton-Eales won the final race of the day, holding off Chris Smith by a tenth at the flag.
Linton Stutely produced two highly impressive drives to win both F3 Cup races, but two solid top eight finishes for Norwich's Tristan Cliffe saw him take the championship lead. Stutely enjoyed a perfect weekend as he secured pole for both races, which he transformed into two comfortable wins. There was plenty of overtaking behind with drivers scraping for crucial championship points. However, the drive of the day belonged to Louis Hamilton-Smith as he came from the back of the grid to third in race two. He produced several breathtaking moves around the outside at Riches and Coram corners.
The Ferrari 458 of Derek Johnston dominated the GT Cup Championship by winning all three races to extend his championship lead. The stunning Porsche of Richard Chamberlain gave Johnston a headache in the first two races, before mechanical difficulties allowed the Ferrari driver an unrivalled run to the flag in race three.
Reigning Marangoni Tyres Production BMW Champion Mike Tovey showed his class behind the wheel by fending off former Renault Clio Cup champion Ben Winrow to claim an impressive double win. The result enhanced Tovey's hopes of holding onto his crown. Also claiming a double victory was Mike Dugdale in the Project Eight Racing Saloons.
Adrian Wright and Dan Clowes shared the wins in the St Cross Electronics Monoposto Championship 1800/1600/Moto Mono class. Malcolm Scott and Tony Bishop dominated the 2000 and Classic class, with Bishop recording his maiden victory in the championship for Norwich-based team Omicron Motorsport.
James Britton managed to survive a safety car period to record victory in the hour long Club MSV Team Trophy race, featuring an impressive grid of 35 novice racers.
A selection of MSVR championships and series will return to the Snetterton 300 circuit on 27/28 October.