Time to turn back the clock as exotic race cars head back to Snetterton

PUBLISHED: 08:30 06 July 2017

Ray Hollyman in action at Snetterton last year. Picture: Nick Edwards.

Ray Hollyman in action at Snetterton last year. Picture: Nick Edwards.


The Aston Martin Owners Club, who organised the first ever meeting at the Snetterton airfield circuit back in 1951, are hosts this Saturday with an eclectic mixture of cars.

Norfolk-born Robert Hollyman returns to his home county as the reigning Intermarque Class E Champion, with his Porsche 964, and will be keen to perform well in front of friends and family.

The opening two races in the series were won by the Porsche 968 of James Hilliard/James Guess while Hollyman secured victory at the recent Rockingham round and would like to continue that form at his home track.

The AMOC GT4 Challenge allows the weekend racer a chance to race these exotic sports cars in a more suitable series without the pressure, which comes with competing on the national stages, such as in the British GT Championship.

Chris Kemp, Tom Black and David Tinn are three of the leading Aston Martin Vantage racers, but it was Carlton Rode’s Gavin Kershaw who dominated the latest round with his Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4.

Waving the flag for Ferrari has been Harvey Stanley, who won the second event in his 430 Challenge car from the V8-powered BMW M3 of Edward Leigh, adding variety to the field.

Hilliard and Guess won the first Innes Ireland Cup event and would like to repeat the feat with their Suffolk-built Ginetta G10 while the Jaguar E Type-mounted Mark Russell and Robert Farrell will be hoping the long Snetterton straights will favour them instead.

The 50s Sports Cars will evoke memories of the early days of Snetterton, with Robi Bernberg looking to again out run the Turner Sports of Steve Watton with his Cooper T39.

The Pre-War Team Challenge continues the nostalgia theme with Bentleys, a Railton, plus several Riley models contesting the event, with Clive Morley victorious last time in his 4.5-litre Bentley.

The Equipe GTS competitors always provide a thrilling display with their mainly British-built sports cars. The TVR Grantura racers will fancy their chances against their MGB-mounted rivals on the long straights with Rod Begbie, the leading TVR racer, while Mark Cole is the quickest MGB runner. The first race gets underway at 11.55am.

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