SNETTERTON COOPER AM/PRO REPORT

Qualifying Cooper Pro/Am
Weather Bright/Dry

20 cars all fired up ready for qualifying. Although the circuit is 3 miles long drivers need to get clean air or a tow from the car in front to put in a good time. Taking into account a lot of the drivers have never raced at Snetterton before. In Pro Class Simon Walton got the pole spot with Kyle Reid in P2, James Goodall showed great pace in P3.
The Am class had Alex Nevill, Andy Godfrey and Gary Papworth doing their usual with P1, P2 and P3. Neil Clarke and Adrian Norman were next with the 4 row of the grid to be taken by Elspeth Rodgers and Keir McConomy.

Qualifying
Pro:

P1: Simon Walton
P2: Kyle Reid
P3: James Goodall
Am:
P1: Alex Nevil
P2: Andy Godfrey
P3: Gary Papworth

Race 1
Weather Cloudy/Drying

Can Kyle Reid continue his run of wins? Yes! He took just 1 lap to reel Robbie Dalgleish in. Kyle had a mix of wets and dry tyres on while Robbie had full wets. More grip initially but with a drying circuit, Kyle had made the right choice in Rubber. Kyle led for the rest of the race. Simon Walton gave him a good run for his money but 3rd was as high he could climb.

In the Am class, Alex Nevill was giving a clean pair of heels to Andy Godfrey who in turn was keeping Neal Clarke and Gary Papworth in check. Adrian Norman meanwhile was putting in the fastest lap of the class. Now if only he could string a few of those together. At the chequered flag, it was a predictable finish.

Race 1 Results
Pro:
P1: Kyle Reid
P2: Robbie Dalgleish
P3: Simon Walton

Am:
P1: Alex Neville
P2: Andy Godfrey
P3: Neal Clarke

Race 2
Weather Cloudy/dry

A not so good start to the race with a red flag so soon after the start. Oli O’Neill and Charlie Cooper having a coming together on the first bend. The track staff and Marshals quickly recovered the cars, the cars were restarted after a 10-minute delay. Kyle again shot off but was quickly outmanoeuvred by Simon Walton. Only for Kyle to get the lead back in the next lap to again be outmanoeuvred in the same place. Kyle again took the lead back but made it stick. Great to watch. Meanwhile, with these 2 playing tag, Robbie Dalgleish and Jacob Andrews were gaining on them. It was not long before Robbie attacked and Simon took to the infield and dropped down the order.

In Am class, Alex Nevill was making look too easy with total class dominance, with Andy Godfrey and Neil Clarke in close proximity. Adrian Norman took Gary Papworth and would let him pass. Darryl Brown, Elspeth Rodgers and Keir McConomy bring up the rear.

Result Race 2
Pro:
P1: Kyle Reid
P2: Robbie Dalgleish
P3: Jacob Andrews

Am:
P1: Alex Neville
P2: Andy Godfrey
P3: Neal Clarke

Race 3
Weather Bright/Dry

Can he make it 3 out of 3 for the weekend? Can he keep his unbroken run of wins up? Yes and Yes. Even a reversed grid could not hold him back. From P5 to P2 in the first lap with Simon Walton out in front again having been pole. The penultimate lap saw Kyle overtake and stay in front. Richard Newman had been playing a waiting game and he too took Simon for a well-deserved P2 from Jacob Andrews.

In Am class, Alex Nevill scored his hattrick of wins with total domination of the class. This time Andy Godfrey had to let Gary Papworth go and get P2 while he still had 3 podiums for the weekend. All over too quickly. With all starters finishing an enjoyable sprint around the Snetterton 300 circuit.

Kyle Reid travels back to Scotland successfully defending his unbeaten run. Andy Godfrey and Alex Nevill keeping the podium to themselves.

All is looking good for Silverstone on the short National Circuit, in a few weeks time.,