James Hillary left frustrated at Snetterton thanks to gearbox problem

James Hillary was full of confidence heading to his home race at Snetterton in third place in the Fiesta Junior Championship only for an infuriating problem to intervene for the Shipdham racer.

Only able to post a single lap in qualifying, as his gearbox blew up, meant a long weekend ahead if the local youngster was to salvage a decent haul of points and keep his rivals in sight.

In race one Hillary started from the back of the grid and made up three place on lap two and a couple more in the last two laps to secure eighth place.

Starting race two from the fourth row the local racer made up two places before the finish to secure sixth place while title rival Nicholas Reeve secured a pair of victories.

Graham Seager had little trouble in winning both Alfa Romeo races after early race one leader Paul Plant retired and had to start race two from the rear of the grid.


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In the OSS prototype races Duncan Williams completed a double but did have to dispose Mike Jenvey from the lead of race two while Josh Smith ensured that the podium was the same for both races.

In the multi class Fiesta races Jamie White had clear track ahead of him all weekend as he dominated all three events while Stuart Robbins chased the leader home in races one and three with John Cooper having the honour in race two.

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In the Class C Fiesta battles Samuel Priest was able to win the opening and closing encounters while Jamie Going stopped Priest from completing a hat-trick.

In the tightest of finishers Samuel Smith kept Will Blackwell-Chambers and Joshua Jackson in check in the opening Mazda MX5 Group A race and unbelievably kept the same two behind him in race two while in the third encounter Smith topped the podium.

In the opening Group B race a last lap surge from Kevin Brent secured victory while Paul Maguire triumphed in race two with the third race won by John Langridge.

In the Mazda MX5 Supercup races Tom Roche beat Luke Herbert to the finish line in the first but the latter wasn’t to be denied in the second and third encounters.

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