Tom Onslow–Cole ended the Snetterton weekend as the best performer of the three Team Aon drivers after the Arena Motorsport run team endured a difficult meeting at the Norfolk track.
Tom Chilton began the weekend brightly, qualifying his 'global' Ford Focus in the top ten after Saturday's qualifying session. Chilton, the reigning independents' champion in the series, ran fourth early on before running wide and losing a place to Frank Wrathall.
He maintained fifth place, briefly having to defend from James Nash before pulling away from the Vauxhall driver. However, the Focus developed a minor electrical problem on the final lap, causing Chilton to drop for fifth to ninth, ending up one place behind Onslow-Cole.
“I feel that my electrical problem during race one put me on the back foot for the rest of the weekend,” explained Chilton. “I would have finished fifth in that race so that made my position difficult for race two.”
“The track was changing so much so I stayed with my qualifying set-up throughout today. The pace is definitely there though, we just need a bit of good fortune to go with it.”
Onslow-Cole added more points to his personal account in race two, scoring another eighth place finish, benefitting from Frank Wrathall's retirement from third with accident damage to climb a place after Mat Jackson had passed the Aon driver earlier.
Chilton lost ground on the opening lap, falling from ninth on the grid to complete the first three mile lap in thirteenth place. Stuck in the middle of pack Chilton was able to gain a handful of places during the race, pushing to break back into the top ten in a battle with Rob Collard before a recurrence of the electrical gremlin forced him to fall way to twelfth.
Andy Neate also suffered across the course of the weekend. He was forced to retire fron the day's second race with damage to the steering rack – possibly a legacy of race one contact. The damagae remained a concern in the final race, Neate electing to start from the pitlane after the team had examined the car. He completed a single lap before returning to the pits and retiring.
Chilton completed a troubled weekend in thirteenth, and Onslow-Cole narrowly missed out on a third points finish of the day, losing out to Rob Austin on the final lap in the battle for tenth place and the final overall point.
“It's been a difficult day; the weather has been changing quite a lot which has affected the track,” concluded Onslow-Cole. “We come away with a bit more information about the car so we can continue to improve for Knockhill.”
“We'll re-group, go through everything that we have learnt and come back stronger.”