As It Happened: APR VW Racing Cup – Snetterton: Race 1


This blog will be automatically refreshed throughout the first race for the APR VW Racing Cup at Snetterton.

14:38
Tom Onslow-Cole takes the chequered flag with Fulbrook and Lines rounding out the podium places. The rain is now coming down hard, Mike Neuhoff would have prefered this weather a little earlier as he finishes down in 18th position after his tyre gamble failed to pay off.

14:36
It looks like the VW’s will avoid the rain as the race enters its final stages.

14:34
Onslow-Cole extends the gap to 1.791 seconds as they enter the last lap in the shortened race.

14:32
Onslow-Cole is flying, fastest lap for the BTCC driver on lap 2. Rob Austin heads out on track after his earlier problems.

14:31
Onslow-Cole continues to lead Fulbrook and Lines with Mason in hot pursuit. The gap at the front is 0.689 seconds.

14:28
Rob Austin is in the pits, not a great day for the BTCC driver.

14:28
Tom Onslow-Cole moves up in to the lead through Corams, Fulbrook second, Lines in third.

14:26
The grid get away for the restart, no problems this time, Fulbrook leads

14:22
1 minute until the restart. Mike Neuhoff is hoping it will be turn in to a wet race as he switched over to wet tyres in the pits. It could prove to be an inspired move as the grey rainclouds close in.

14:18
Looks like the track has been cleared and the barriers repaired, hopefully that means it’s time to go racing again.

14:09
The grid is reforming as the circuit staff work hard to repair the barrier.

14:07
Mike Neuhoff is also in the pits as the team scramble around the car.

14:06
Looks like Fulbrook is taking advantage if the stop as he pits to change tyres.

14:05
RED FLAG

14:04
The cars involve in the incident were Gilbert, Morris and Chopra. rob Austin sits in the pitlane waiting to head out on track after coming in to the pits.

14:02
As the cars come around behind the safety car Fulbrook is in P1, Mason second and Onslow-Cole third.

14:01
The safety car is out while the cars are retrieved and the barrier is assessed

14:00
Fulbrook and Onslow-Cole get away with a equal start, Mason closes in while further back there is a collision, looks like one of the Team HARD cares in the barrier.

13:57
The rain is closing in on Snetterton, there was a few drops before the formation lap but it’s stopped ready for the start.

13:54
The cars are lining up on the grid ahead of their formation lap, Joe Fulbrook will lead the field away with BTCC regular Tom Onslow-Cole joining him on the front row. Rob Austin starts the race from 10th on the grid.