Britsports Snetterton Report – 13-14 May
Juno Takes Back to Back Wins
Old-hand Mike Roberts and his young sidekick Simon
Parker claimed victory in both one-hour Britsports races last weekend,
in Mike’s Juno Sports Prototype.
Ewan Baldry’s Juno works team was backing
four cars at Snetterton, and the marque swamped the front end of
the grid for Saturday’s Race 1, claiming five out of the top
six positions. The Roberts / Parker car was on pole, at 1:04.033,
with the dayglo orange SS3 of Jeff Davies and Neil Briggs over a
second shy. The impressive Bicknell RE95 of Nick Pashley and Chris
Ward was third, then came the older, privateer Juno SS2 of Rob Oldershaw
and Andy Schulz. Dave Mountain and Clint Bardwell’s Juno SS3
was fifth, with the similar car of James Richardson sixth.
from the grid, after posting seventh best time, was the attractive
Pedrazza PRC-BMW of Steve and Will Hodges. “It’s the
clutch again,” raged a livid Steve Hodges, “it ended
our race at Silverstone, and we haven’t started a race since.”
Simon Parker took the silver Juno into an immediate
lead at the start, on the damp track, but Andy Shulz, in the Oldershaw
car, came to grief at the Bombhole on lap two, bringing out the
safety car. It was far too early for mandatory stops, of course,
and when the caution was lifted, Parker streaked away once more,
having a 14-second advantage after the first racing lap, over Richardson,
who had Briggs on his tail. Tony Freeman, driving alone, was clambering
through the field in his supercharged Radical Prosport, as was Doug
Setters, in the Jade.
With just over
half an hour to go, most chose to make their mandatory pit-stops,
Anthony Wilds being first, handing the Gunn TS7 to Mike Higson.
Clint Bardwell took the yellow Juno over from Dave Mountain, but
stalled, beginning a problem that would see the car eventually retire
from the race. Similarly missing at the end would be the orange
Juno, which Davies stayed in after the mandatory stop.
No such woes for Mike Roberts, though, having taken
the car over from Parker slightly later than most, he was responding
to a late charge from Richardson. With just five minutes left to
run, the safety car was deployed to assist the recovery of Higson’s
Gunn, and let the field go again with less than one minute on the
clock. Roberts took the flag with nearly six seconds advantage over
the advancing Richardson, with the Pashley / Ward Bicknell third.
Tony Freeman’s Radical had slowed dramatically in the closing
stages, even under the safety car, and now spluttered across the
line, out of fuel.
So, was Mike Roberts aware of the closing Richardson?
were bent, and I couldn’t see behind me,” he joked.
1 70 1 ROBERTS / PARKER Juno Sports Prototype 1:00:15.979
2 33 1 James RICHARDSON Juno SS3 1:00:25.638 46 9.659 1:04.825
3 16 2 PASHLEY / WARD Bicknell RE95 1:00:26.427 45 1 LAP
4 24 1 SETTERS / SETTERS Jade 1:00:27.184 44 2 LAPS 1:08.548
5 68 3 Ian BANKHURST Radical SR3 1:00:29.670 44 2 LAPS 1:10.237
6 43 1 William CURTIS Prosport LM3000 1:00:37.545 43 3 LAPS 1:13.056
7 1 1 Tony FREEMAN Radical Prosport 1:01:44.621 43 3 LAPS 1:08.100
8 6 2 Tony GASTON Radical Prosport 1:00:38.866 40 6 LAPS 1:16.561
14 2 HIGSON / WILDS Gunn TS7 52:02.882 33 D.N.F. 1:13.022
61 3 Rachid BOUZOUBA Global GT Light 45:23.474 30 D.N.F. 1:17.081
3 1 MOUNTIAN / BARDWELL Juno SS3 1:00:44.637 27 N.C.F. 1:06.214
69 1 DAVIES / BRIGGS Juno SS3 30:59.882 18 D.N.F. 1:05.289
23 2 LONGSTAFF / WHEELS Spreads RS06 23:35.691 11 D.N.F. 1:07.857
51 1 OLDERSHAW / SCHULZ Juno SS2 V6 1:13.231 1 D.N.F. 1:13.231
The grid for
Race two was set by the Race 1 result, and it was Richardson seizing
the advantage this time round, with a fast-starting Briggs swiftly
moving into second, leaving Roberts and Bardwell to squabble over
third place. A puncture, and a spin at Russell, saw leader Richardson
(below) pitting for attention, leaving Briggs in the lead.
the half-time pit stops were taken, young Simon Parker blitzed through
into the lead with 20 minutes to go, setting fastest lap in the
process. Tony Freeman, Jay Wheals in the Speads, and Rachid Bouzouba
(having his first run in a Global Lights) all posted retirements,
whilst Richardson incurred a stop / go penalty for a pit lane infringement,
as did the Mountain / Bardwell Juno (#3), after a lengthy repair
to a buckled push rod.
So, after 52
laps, it was the Roberts / Parker Juno winning again, with the Davies
/ Briggs SS3 second, and James Richardson’s sister car third.
/ Ward Bicknell (above) coasted across the line for fourth, out
of fuel, ahead of Ian Bankhurst’s Radical SR3. The Mountain
/ Bardwell Juno had done enough to be classified sixth, in front
of William Curtis, who had acquitted himself well in his first ever
race, driving a Prosport LM3000. Tony Gaston’s Radical was
the last classified finisher in seventh.
been a great weekend,” said Juno racing Team Director, Ewan
Baldry. “Six podium places on offer over the weekend and Junos
took five of them!”
1 70 1 ROBERTS / PARKER Juno Sports Prototype 1:00:06.973 52 1:03.277
2 69 1 DAVIES / BRIGGS Juno SS3 1:00:30.726 52 23.753 1:04.834
3 33 1 James RICHARDSON Juno SS3 1:00:39.758 52 32.785 1:04.788
4 16 2 PASHLEY / WARD Bicknell RE95 1:00:43.666 50 2 LAPS
5 68 3 Ian BANKHURST Radical SR3 1:00:54.982 49 3 LAPS 1:09.995
6 3 1 MOUNTIAN / BARDWELL Juno SS3 1:00:09.813 44 8 LAPS 1:05.480
7 43 1 William CURTIS Prosport LM3000 1:01:12.454 44 8 LAPS 1:12.297
8 6 2 Tony GASTON Radical Prosport 1:00:54.349 43 9 LAPS 1:18.441
61 3 Rachid BOUZOUBA Global GT Light 42:53.273 16 D.N.F. 1:19.982
1 2 Tony FREEMAN Radical Prosport 15:47.004 13 D.N.F. 1:08.156
23 2 Jay WHEALS Spreads RS06 6:26.215 5 D.N.F. 1:15.976