Grimes and Mowlem secure podium places as they mount title tilt
- Credit: Archant
A pair of podium places in the Britcar races at Snetterton for Bonamy Grimes and co-driver Johnny Mowlem has given them a platform to mount a serious tilt at the prestigious title.
A slow start to the first race saw the #5 Ferrari 458 down in sixth place at the end of the opening lap but steady progress from the Brockdish racer saw him hand over to Mowlem approaching half distance who then raced to a class winning second place overall.
In the longer second race the pair held third place almost from the start to the finish unable to match the pace of the Aston Martin Vantage of Adam Wilcox/Nigel Hudson, who won the opening encounter, and race two winners Witt Gamski/Ross Wylie and their Ferrari 458.
A Four Hour Citroen C1 race closed the weekends racing with the Jacques Jensen/Aaron Bailey team leading the final quarter of the event to secure victory.
Chris Dear enlisted the assistance of former British Touring Car racer Daniel Welch, and led the mid portion of the event, but had to settle for a close second place.
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The local team of Andy Balfour, from Swaffham and the Norwich trio of Sebastian Fisher, Mike Mosley and Edward Timperley finished the race in ninth place having been in the thick of the lead battle during the opening quarter.
Alex Cursley claimed his third victory in a row in the opening Hyundai Coupe Cup but the Cambridgeshire racer was unable to keep up his unbeaten run in race two when Steve Kite unseated him from the lead half way through the second event.
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Will Dyrdal won both Junior Saloon encounters having passed Gordon Mutch on the final lap of the first race while he led every time across the finish line in race two.
In the fastest BMW races James Card got the better of James Macintyre-Ure in the opening encounter passing the race long leader two laps from the end while in the second race Card's rival didn't put a wheel wrong.
John Bradburn won both of the multi category BMW races but only after early race two leader Ross Elliott had retired.