EERC At Snetterton This Weekend
The EERC really gets underway at Snetterton on Saturday and Sunday (with testing on Friday), with the three regular series joined by the maiden run of the V8s. Steve Wood previews the meeting, with the entry lists at the foot of the page.

The V8 Supercars series gets under way this weekend, with a pair of 30-minute races. Very much in an embryonic stage, with no class structure just yet, there will be some familiar cars and drivers, plus some exciting new vehicles. Specially-built V8 racers, such as Kelvin Burt’s Peugeot-bodied XRV8, the Jaguar V8Star of Stuart Scott / Steve Wood, and rallycross star John Cross’s Ford Focus will be up against Britcar regulars Eugene O’Brien / Peter Seldon, Adam Sharpe, Steve Hirst / Ric Wood, and Dave Benett / Marcus Fothergill, all in their usual V8 racers. A quartet of TVRs, featuring some converted Tuscan Challenge cars, and Tim Hood’s new Sagaris (and, hopefully, Topcats similar machine, with Warren Gilbert at the wheel), plus a couple of Marcos, will make for a varied field, and, with a reversed grid for the second race (based on the results of the first), tactics and action will be guaranteed.

The Britcar series continues to attract top-line entrants, and a true, GT-based field has been assembled for this weekend’s three-hour encounter. Circumstances – and the weather - have not really allowed the Porsche 935 of Richard Chamberlain and John Allen to show its true potential so far this season, so maybe, in this longer race, their time will come. The Simpson Motorsport Ferrari F40, in the hands of Jacopo Sebastiani and Anthony Mott, finally showed its capability at Oulton Park, despite the horrendous conditions, and perhaps Sebastiani’s prophecy – “in the wet it was undriveable, but in the dry it will be unbeatable” – could be realised. The GT3-RS class also features the Adam Sharpe Motorsport V8 Ford Falcon, the Hirst / Wood DTM Opel Astra, and the Opel V8Star of Nigel Mustill and Steve Hall.

Bo McCormick and Calum Lockie won the opening race of the season, with a combination of selfless tactical reasoning from Bo, and a display of ragged-edge virtuosity from the hard-working Calum, and their Challenge-spec Ferrari 360 will be in the running again this weekend. Bill Cameron and Barry Horne return this weekend, the 2005 series winner’s Porsche 996 now run by Team Parker, and they are joined in Class GT3 by the similar car of Michael and Sean McInerney. The Damax Ferrari 360 of Davids Back and Foster continues to impress, and is joined this weekend by the other Damax car of Craig and Elliott Cole. The class is completed by some BMW V8s; the Seldon / O’Brien E46 GTR, and Torquespeed pair of E36 M3s.

Endurance racing is not just about power, pace, or performance though, survival and stealth being equally important, so don’t discount a GT Cup team at the front come the chequered flag. The GTS Motorsport BMW M3, once re-engined, will no doubt give Harry Handkammer and David Leslie a chance of success, as will the Topcats Marcos Mantis pair, the Marcos ranks being swelled his weekend by further examples from Alun Edwards and local team Jemco Racing.

The Britsports series, despite poor grids so far this season, has produced a couple of fascinating races, so, with a really big turn-out promised for this weekend, we should be treated to two 60-minute bouts of excitement. The Juno marque has been showing the way thus far, Andy Shulz in Mike Roberts’ new Sports Prototype, and Rob Oldershaw in the older SS2 both sampling overall wins, and they will be joined here by the dayglo orange SS3 of Jeff Davies / Neil Briggs, the similar car of Dave Mountain / Clint Bardwell, and yet another version in the hands of James Richardson / TBA. The stunning Austrian Pedrazza PRC-BMW has shown its pace straight out of the box, so expect father and son duo Steve and Will Hodges to be in contention, as will be the Pilbeam MP91 of lone driver Simon Heaps. You can’t keep the old’uns down either, so look out too for Michael Christopher and Ian Flux in the Prosport LM3000.

The Class 2 Bicknell of Mark Pashley and Chris Ward has mixed-it with the more powerful cars at Silverstone and Oulton Park, but with the works Chiron of Peter Hobday and Alex Buncombe debuting this weekend, plus cars from Gunn and Zeus, things will get competitive. Class 3 boasts a whole raft of Radicals, including last season’s series winners Tony and Simon Freeman in their Prosport. Variety is offered by Howard Spooners FX Blower, the motorcycle-engined Speads of Dave Longstaff / Jay Wheals, and EERC returnee Rachid Bouzouba in his Global GT Lights.

Kevin Clarke gave a superb performance in the ProductionS1 race at Oulton Park, hauling the Intersport BMW 320i from the back of the grid to a famous victory. With a capacity grid this weekend, and a longer race, it would be a big ask for another overall win – Calum Lockie. Joining Paul White in a BMW M3, the Seldon / O’Brien E36, and the Mardi Gras Hondas of Sean and Michael McInerney (Integra) and John George / Phil Bennett (Civic) will all be in contention, as will, of course, the BMW E30 of Nigel Stephens and Fergus Campbell.

With many teams making their season debut this weekend, the established form may go awry, so look out for TGM Sport’s Integra’s, and GA Motorsport’s Vauxhall Astras, plus the Mini Cooper of Tony Skelton and reigning Cooper Challenge champ Arthur Forster, who will be looking to break the domination of the Mickel Racing MG ZRs of Gary Smith / Stuart Plotnek and Kelly-Anne Mercer / Sarah Bennett-Baggs in the highly-competitive Class 3.

V8 Supercar Entry
3 Peter Seldon / Eugene O'Brien Serverware Group Plc BMW E46 M3 GTR
4 Warren Gilbert Top Cats Racing TVR Segaris
10 Tim.Hood Driver TVR Sagaris V8
11 Alun Edwards / Robin Jones ISL Motorsport Marcos Mantis
11 Steve Glynn Glynnsport / We Know Vino TVR Tuscan Challenge
22 Dave Bennet / Marcus Fothergill Torquespeed BMW M3 E36
26 Darren Dowling TVR
32 Adam Sharpe / TBA Adam Sharpe Motorsport Ford Falcon
47 Steve Hirst / Rick Wood Driver Vauxhall Astra DTM
70 Roger Etcell / Kelvin Burt Peugoet XRV8
77 Stuart Scott / Steve Wood Neil Bainbridge CBT Jaguar V8 Star
78 Kevin Clarke Intersport Racing Mercedes
TBA Steve Hirst / Rick Wood Driver Vauxhall Calibra.

To this group we can add a familiar British GT car from 2003, Richard Thorne's Morgan Aero 8, to be driven by Howard Spooner. The Stuart Scott / Steve Wood V8Star is being run by Neil Bainbridge this year.

This is a very early shot of the Richard Thorne Morgan..

Britcar
CLASS GT3 (RS)
- BLUE - 120 Secs Pit Stop
5 Richard Chamberlain / John Allen Chimp Tune Racing Porsche 935 Replica
18 Peter Cook / Franck Pelle Driver Porsche GT3 RS
29 Jacobo Sebastiani / Anthony Mott Simpson Motorsport Ltd Ferrari F40 V12
32 Adam Sharpe / TBA Adam Sharpe Motorsport Ford Falcon
39 Nigel Mustill / Steve Hall Driver Opel Omega V8 Star
47 Steve Hirst / Rick Wood Driver Vauxhall Astra DTM
TBA Paul Livesey / Brian Robinson Porsche 996 RSR

CLASS GT3 - YELLOW - 105 Secs Pit Stop
3 Peter Seldon / Eugene O'Brien Serverware Group Plc BMW E46 M3 GTR
16 Michael / Sean McInerney Mardi Gras Motorsport Porsche
21 Dave Ellis / Mike Salmon Torquespeed BMW M3 E36
22 Dave Bennet / Marcus Fothergill Torquespeed BMW M3 E36
27 Bill Cameron / Barry Horne Team Parker Racing Porsche GT3 Cup 996
36 Craig / Elliott Cole MEM Retail Marketing Services Ferrari 360 Modena GT
42 David Back / David Foster Damax Ferrari 360
44 Bo McCormick / Calum Lockie Driver Ferrari 360 Challenge

CLASS GT CUP - ORANGE - 90 Secs Pit Stop
1 Harry Handkammer / David Leslie GTS Motorsport BMW M3 E36
4 Rupert Bullock / Jon Harrison Topcat Marcos Mantis
6 Mick Mercer / Richard Fores Topcat Marcos Mantis
10 Kevin Hancock / Leigh Smart Jemco Racing Marcos Mantis
11 Alun Edwards ISL Motorsport Marcos Mantis
20 Martin Johnston / Greg Rose / John Cross Driver Mercedes 190E Evo 2
33 Mark Smith / David Cuff London & District BMW E36 M3
49 Rupert Laslett / Bob Stockley Rapid Chariots Ltd Lotus Exige 2
50 George Agyeton Driver BMW M3 E46

ProductionS1
CLASS 1
- RED - 105 Sec Pit Stop
53 Witt Gamski MJC Ltd Ferrari 355 Challenge
57 Charlie White Driver Ferrari 355 Challenge
59 Peter Seldon / Eugene O'Brien Serverware Group Plc BMW E36 M3
79 Paul White / Calum Lockie Butler Motorsport BMW E36 M3
90 Michael Symons / Andre D'Cruze Geoff Steel Racing BMW M3 E36
93 Tim Christmas / Geoff Steel / Anna Walenska Geoff Steel Racing BMW
99 John Coyle B S Motorsport Porsche 968
TBA Peter Mousdale / Steve Kent G A Motorsport Vauxhall Astra
TBA Scott Aitken / Kola G A Motorsport Vauxhall Astra

CLASS 2 - GREEN - 90 Sec Pit Stop
TBA Kevin Hancock / Leigh Smart Jemco Racing Honda Integra Type R
55 Ian Lawson / Mike Wilds HWR Motorsport BMW 320i E46
58 Peter Williams Corvus Capital BMW E30 M3
61 Michael / Sean McInerney Mardi Gras Motorsport Honda Integra
78 Kevin Clarke / Ian Donaldson Intersport Racing BMW 320 i
82 Tom Gannon T G M Sport Honda Integra
83 Richard Gain T G M Sport Honda Integra
88 Alex Frick / Terry Flatt MGA Motorsport Honda Civic Type R
92 John George / Phil Bennett JAG Communications Honda Civic
97 Nigel Stephens / Fergus Campbell Metcalf Motorsport BMW E30 M3

CLASS 3 - BLACK - 60 Sec Pit Stop
TBA Tom Gannon
TBA Tom Gannon
54 Don Norchi / Piers Johnson Kalmar Union Volvo S60T
56 Martin Rogers / Matt Potter / Will Paul Team Think Ltd Renault Clio
64 Gary Coulson / Andy Neate Moore Racing Honda Civic Type R
68 Nick Reynolds / James Thorpe Xtreme Motorsport Honda Integra R
69 Mark Clynes / Nick Beaumont MGA Motorsport Ford Focus
72 John Ballentyne / Tom Ballentyne / Stuart Brooks / Ian Gubson BBG Racing Porsche 944
73 Tony Skelton / Arthur Forster Driver Mini Cooper S Works
80 Kelly-Anne Smith / Sarah Bennett-Baggs Mickel Racing MG ZR
81 Gary Smith / Stuart Plotnek Mickel Racing MG ZR
85 David Abbott/Mahoney Daniels Motorsport Honda Civic Type R
91 Timothy Bridge / Timothy Orne R E R T (Ryton Employee) Peugeot 206 SW
96 Rick Kraemer Driver Ford Focus
98 Neil Armstong / Andy Barnes Cartek Automotive Electronics Honda Civic Type R
TBA Julian.Griffin
TBA John Burton

Britsports
CLASS ONE

2 Steve / Will Hodges www.datarecovered.com Pedrazza PRC-BMW
3 Dave Mountain / Clint Bardwell Juno Juno SS3
7 Simon Heaps Future Racing Pilbeam MP91
20 Michael Christopher / Ian Flux Louis Antiques Prosport L3000
24 Doug Setters / Chris Setters National Paintball Jade
33 James Richardson / Ben Devlin racing.com Juno SS3 / Radical
43 William Curtis Wildside Racing Prosport LM3000
51 Robert Oldershaw Jnr / Richard Gomes Oldershaw Motorsport Juno SS2 V6
69 Jeff Davies / Neil Briggs Juno Juno SS3
70 Mike Roberts / Simon Parker Driver Juno Sports Prototype

CLASS TWO
9 Peter Hobday / Alex Buncombe Chiron World Sports Cars Ltd Chiron LMP3 06V8
14 Mark Higson / Anthony Wilds Driver Gunn TS7
16 Mark Pashley / Chris Ward Bicknell Developments Bicknell RE95

CLASS THREE CN
1 Tony / Simon Freeman Pit Bull Racing Radical Prosport
4 Howard Spooner MBR (Mark Bailey Racing) FX Blower FX/MBR 05
6 Nick Padmore / Tony Gaston CBN Radical Prosport
23 Dave Longstaff / Jay Wheels Dave Longstaff / Speads Speads RS06
27 Gaeten Rombouts-Howitt / Julian Atkinson Delaux Chocolates Radical Prosport
45 Nicola Bernans / Richard Bernans Steve Donovan Radical SR3
49 Rupert Laslett Rapid Chariots Radical SR3
61 Rachid Bouchuba Global GT Light
68 Ian Bankhurst Driver Radical SR3
96 Darron Anley Driver Radical Prosport

 

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