It’s double frustration for Seaman at Snetterton

Phil Seaman twice came within minutes of victory in the two Heritage Grand Touring Car races at Snetterton on Saturday only to be outpowered both times.

The Norwich racer looked on course for victory in the first race after taking over from Joss Ronchetti, only for the flying Oliver Bryant to deny the local driver in the final few laps.

Ronchetti again handed the lead to Seaman in race two but this time John Wilson powered past the local racer while Bryant's late charge brought him onto the tail of Seaman's Lotus Sunbeam.

Rickinghall's John Dickson didn't get to race as co-driver Cheng Lim retired his Cobra both times with smoking trailing from the engine.

Despite a late charge from Stuart Hall, racing the Stratton Motor Company entry, Suffolk racer Dan Dezille held on to win the three hour Aston Martin GT4 race.


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Jamie Golby narrowly beat Hugh Marshal in the first TVR race as Kings Lynn's Kevan Gore lost third place on the final lap. Marshall got his revenge in race two as Gore's suffered a late crash at the Esses while challenging for third place.

In the opening Mighty Mini race Michael Dryden fought off Peter Tervet's last lap challengers. Adrian Tuckey won race two as Chris Slade nearly rolled at the final corner leaving Tervet in second place once more.

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Elliot Stafford won a four way battle in the first Super Mighty Mini event but lost his perfect winning record for the season when Patrick Ford beat him to the line in race two.

Attleborough's Jonathan Lewis finished eighth in race one but retired on the final lap of the second while fighting for fifth place.

At five hours the Fun Cup race was the longest of the weekend with Neil Plimmer and Geoff Fawcett taking victory over the Neil Primrose/Tim Hartland and Julian Thomas/Joachim Ritter/Nigel Greensall teams who were hampered by punctures. Visiting Dutch racer Derwen Belt claimed all three Saker Challenger races.

Heritage Grand Touring Car Challenge. Race 1: 1 Grahame Bryant/Oliver Bryant (Morgan Plus 8), 2 Joss Ronchetti/Philip Seaman (Sunbeam Lotus), 3 John Wilson (MGB V8). Race 2: 1 Wilson 19 laps in 41m 33.999s (81.42mph), 2 Ronchetti/Seaman +1.847s, 3 Bryant/Bryant.

Aston Martin GT4 Challenge: 1 Karsten Le Blanc/Dan Dezille, 2 Christopher Kemp/Stuart Hall, 3 Tom Black/Alan Bonner.

Saker Challenge. Race One: 1 Derwen Belt, 2 Rudolf Meijer, 3 Paul Rose. Race Two: 1 Belt, 2 Herbert Boender, 3 Paul Rose. Race Three: 1 Belt, 2 Boender/Meijer, 3 Tim Wheeldon.

Dunlop TVR Challenge. Race One: 1 Jamie Golby, 2 Hugh Marshall (Tuscan), 3 Darren Smith (Tuscan). Race Two: 1 Marshall, 2 Golby, 3 Smith.

Mighty Mini. Race One: 1 Michael Dryden, 2 Peter Tervet, 3 Mark Burnett. Race Two: 1 Adrian Tuckley, 2 Tervet, 3 Dryden.

Super Mighty Mini Championship. Race One: 1 Elliot Stafford, 2 Gary Patterson, 3 Patrick Ford. Race Two: 1 Ford, 2 Stafford, 3 Scott Kendall.

Fun Cup Championship: 1 Team Honeywell (N Plimmer/G Fawcett), 2 Track Torque Direct (N Primrose/T Hartland), 3 Racelogic (J Thomas/J Ritter/N Greensall).

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