Local racer Clark hopes Snetterton will be kinder than Donington
PUBLISHED: 11:21 18 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 18 April 2018
Jeremy Clark will be hoping for better fortunes on his home track of Snetterton than during his recent debut in the Historic Sports Car Club’s 70 Roadsports Championship.
The Attleborough racer suffered brake issues with his Lotus Elan at Donington Park which pitched him off the circuit while fighting for a podium position in Class C of the series.
For Clark to take the category victory he will need to defeat the Lotus Europas of Jim Dean and Howard Payne while Charles Barter’s Datsun 240Z may prove too fleet to take overall honours as the 200 layout, which will be used this Saturday, will favour the more powerful cars.
A Lotus Elan did take victory in the opening Historic Road Sports event at Donington, with John Davison able to edge clear of a pair of fighting Morgan Plus 8s with Kevin Kivlochan just edging Richard Plant.
However, the nature of the 200 layout will suit the Morgans far more than Donington and they will relish being able to take the fight to Davidson in both encounters, while Adam Simmonds’ Ford Mustang will also be able to stretch its legs on the long Snetterton straights.
The mid-Norfolk pair of Will and Michael Goff will aim to be first of the Guards Trophy GTs runners home in their Lotus Elan, but will need to beat Davidson in his 26R version – but neither is likely to run at the pace of the sports racers.
A pair of Chevrons, led by Nick Thompson/Sean McClurg, plus two Lenham P69s, driven by Jon Waggitt/Peter Needham and Brian Casey plus the Jeremy Deeley/Guy Sheppard Rawlson CR6 will fight it out for overall honours in what should be a hotly-contested event.
Mark Charteris had ruled the Classic Clubmans for the past few years and it looks likely he will be adding another pair of trophies to the cabinet this Saturday. In the B Sport section Clive Wood will be out to topple old rival Barry Webb.
Completing the nine-race programme, which starts at 11.25am, will be the Historic Touring Cars in which Mustang racer Mark Watts will be fighting off the Lotus Cortinas of Nigel Cox and Mike Stephenson.