Sayell heads to Snetterton defending slender lead in Jedi series

There is a mixed bag on offer at Snetterton this weekend. Picture: Jakob Ebrey

There is a mixed bag on offer at Snetterton this weekend. Picture: Jakob Ebrey - Credit: Archant

This weekend's Snetterton meeting caters for all tastes, with modern and classic saloon and sports cars plus the rapid bike-engined Formula Jedis adding an open wheel element.

King's Lynn's Robert Sayell heads for his home track with a slender lead in the Formula Jedi series, keen to secure his first win of the season in front of his local supporters. Dan Clowes is just a point behind while Lee Morgan, a two-time winner at the previous Cadwell Park round, is in great form.

The BMW Compact Cup is one of the most hotly-contested saloon series with former British GT Champion James Gornall leading the standings.

James Nutbrown, Giles Dawson and Gordon Macmillan are snapping at Gornall's rear bumper and keen to usurp the title holder from his perch, while Besthorpe's Tom Griffiths is out to impress on his first visit to his home circuit.

The HRDC series has proved popular – Mark Halstead dominated the previous Silverstone gathering of the Allstars/Academy/A Series Challenge with his Lotus Elan.

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The main bulk of the competitors compete either in Austin A40s or A35s while rock legend Chris Rea proudly races his Morris Minor, which saw service as a police car and still displays the light blue and while colours.

In the concurrent Touring Greats/TC63 event an early pit stop helped Neil Brown, the renowned race engine builder, to secure victory over the Nigel Webb/John Young Jaguar Mk2 with his potent and nimble Austin A35.

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Ed Hayes is the form racer in the Porsche Championship, but will need to keep nearest rivals Adam Southgate and Nick Hull in check as they tackle the Snetterton layout.

The series for the VW Mk5 Golf may well be led by Dan Rose, who profited from Kevin Glover being held up by back markers in their opening Silverstone event but needed no such help in the second race.

In the concurrent Mk2 contest George Haynes and Chris Webb are previous winners but David Parson and Brian Reed will want revenge.

The MG Cup complete the events with racing starting at 1.45pm on Saturday and resumes at 11.10am on Sunday.

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