Scott Racing – British GT Championship
Rounds Five and Six – Snetterton
Snetterton greeted the field for rounds 5 and 6 of the dailysportscar.com
Cup and the #77 Wood Scott Racing Porsche was out to get more points
on the board.
Race One on Saturday and it was Stuart to start.
The team had
tested previously at Snetterton, with Stuart posting some very competitive
times, but for whatever reason the pace just wasn’t in the
Porsche at the start of the race. With a closely matched field traffic
was a particular problem, but despite that Stuart drove a steady
stint before the pit stop window opened and it was Steve Wood’s
opportunity to do battle with the massed ranks of cup class players.
over the car in very good shape, but with the delays in traffic
it left me with a rather lonely race. That can make it difficult
to push on, but then Adam Wilcox in the (third placed) DRM Ferrari
360 pulled up closer behind me and I had a go at outrunning him.
It worked too! – I managed to pull away from him, which was
The good news
was that a fairly high rate of attrition meant that the #77 car
had gradually climbed up the order: sometimes a steady and reliable
pace pays dividends and at the chequered flag it was a fifth place,
close enough to wave to the guys on the podium.
race would see Steve starting and very keen to ensure that Stuart
had a 48th birthday to remember.
set about the Lotus Elise of Barry Whight and got by into turn one,
before the nippy little Lotus slipped through to grab the place
back into Russell later in the lap.
was working well at last and I managed to latch on to the Damax
Ferrari and Graeme Langford’s Porsche. We were all running
together, very close, and I did them both under braking into the
Esses. At that point I was only three car lengths off third place.”
Then it went
a bit pear-shaped as, in Steve’s words “I made a bit
of a boo boo and got spanked up the rear by Aaron (Scott) in the
Morgan. The impact turned me around and onto the grass. There was
muck all over the tyres and it took several laps to clean it off,
then as I was coming in to hand over to Stuart I got tagged by the
Tech 9 Porsche, which pushed me off the racing line and onto the
muck and rubber pick-up."
The JWR team
rapidly made the call to change the rear tyres while Stuart climbed
aboard, but the car seemed to have suffered somewhat from Steve’s
wasn’t pulling well at the top end at all and there seemed
to be fumes in the cockpit,” said Stuart
It later emerged that the exhausts had been compressed in the
incident with the Morgan, the symptons Stuart was describing being
the obvious result.
difficulties though, birthday boy Stuart brought the car home strongly
to post the second fifth place of the weekend for the team.
Points on the board then in both races which made a nice 48th
birthday present for Stuart on Sunday.
Next time out
the fabulous Castle Combe circuit.