Snetterton: Baker takes centre stage in his Lotus

Jason Baker (white 29) leading Ryan Savage (Yellow) in the Lotus Cup race at Snetterton. Picture: Jo

Jason Baker (white 29) leading Ryan Savage (Yellow) in the Lotus Cup race at Snetterton. Picture: Jon Bryant for Lotus Cup UK. - Credit: Archant

Jason Baker dominated the opening round of the Lotus Cup at Snetterton on Saturday, recording two victories and two fastest race laps after posting the fastest lap in qualifying.

No one could get near to Baker, who led every lap of both races, while Ryan Savage gave valiant chase in the first but was an early retiree from the second, leaving Simon Atkinson to head home the rest of the field.

In the concurrent Elise Trophy race Craig Denman got the better of pole man William Stacey on the opening lap and clung on to take the race one victory.

In the reverse grid second race Stacey quickly powered his way to the front and never looked back while Denman had to settle for third behind Jason McInulty.

Terrington St John racer Seth Walpole had a terrific race-long battle but was unable to steal fourth place from Alex Ball, but did just keep John Lamaster in check, while Fritton's Simon Oakley finished ninth.


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In race two Oakley started on the front row but fell back to finish ninth again while Walpole just couldn't get by Ball and had to settle for fifth place once more.

Stuart Cheshire posted the fastest time on the opening run of the Lotus Speed Championship but once Nigel Hannam had found his form he topped the times on the second and third running and eclipsed Cheshire's time on his final run.

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Arron Pullan narrowly defeated Adam Lockwood in the opening Toyota MR2 race after a race-long struggle between the pair.

Race two was another close affair with just a little more breathing space for Pullan at the end of the race.

David Hemingway was a solid third in the opening race but was unable to hold back a hard charging Peter Higton, who started race two from the final row of the grid, from taking the last podium place.

The opening allcomers race was won by Ian McDonald's Radical after Nick Starkey had retired out of the lead after fighting his way to the front.

Starkey made sure he stayed the distance in the second, having fought his way into the lead by the second lap despite starting the race from last place.

For the latest news from Snetterton race track, and a list of this year's meetings, visit www.snetterton.co.uk

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