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Team Lion make it three wins in a row at Snetterton

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 August 2017

The Belgium Seventeen MCC�s highly developed 2CV based car contesting the European category at the 2CV 24 Hour race at Snetterton. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

The Belgium Seventeen MCC�s highly developed 2CV based car contesting the European category at the 2CV 24 Hour race at Snetterton. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

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Team Lion overcame an early setback on their way to securing the Snetterton 2CV 24 Hour race to make it three wins in a row for the Pete Sparrow, David O’Keefe and Alec Graham crew.

The Greg Page led Watton based Team Iceni in action at the 2CV 24 Hours at Snetterton. Picture: Ellen Tunstall The Greg Page led Watton based Team Iceni in action at the 2CV 24 Hours at Snetterton. Picture: Ellen Tunstall

Midway through the second hour of racing the throttle cable became detached and former Norfolk resident O’Keefe had to crawl around most of the lap to get the car back to the pits which, with repairs, cost the crew eight precious laps.

As the race headed toward quarter distance Chris Yeats’ Blueberry Muffins team led the way but was involved in a high speed accident on the back straight ending their hopes. With other teams also being hindered by mechanical issues Team Lion, owned my Norfolk-born Martin Harrold, was now running sweetly and sailed into the lead and steadily opened up a winning lead, which it consolidated during a tense final four hours of the Duff Morgan supported event.

Early problems knocked Wisbech-based Gadget Racing out of the lead battle with two early engine swaps costing the local team 16 laps but a clean, high speed, second half of the race saw them recover to claim fifth place.

Watton-based Iceni Racing was troubled by early engine issues, finally traced to a faulty fuel line, and this lost the Greg Page led team many laps while a broken wheel added to their problems as Page crawled over the finish line for 18th place.

The quartet of European 2CV Hybride’s fought for overall victory with each taking a turn to lead but it was the BNLL 1 squad which proved to be the most reliable as they won the category by 16 laps.

David Mellor easily secured his fifth and sixth MGOC victories of the season. In the opening race Alan Forster beat the rest of the field while Michael Weidner did likewise in race two helped by Forster crashing out at the start.

Carl Hulme dominated the opening Division One Superkart event but dropped out of the second, in which visiting Swedish race Invar Bjerge triumphed, while Paul Platt won race three with Norwich’s Tom Rushforth taking third place.

Victory in the opening 125 Superkart category went to Kirk Cattermole while the fast closing Liam Morley ran out of time a mistake he didn’t make in the following two races with a pair of stylish victories.

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