From a maiden series podium to a weekend filled with mechanical woes, theCheckeredFlag.co.uk's group of bloggers in the British Touring Car Championship package endured a mixed weekend on their first meeting at the new Snetterton 300 circuit. Here's a recap of how each of their weekends went:
Alex MacDowall – BTCC
MacDowall enjoyed his most consistent weekend ever in the British Touring Car Championship, with three top-five finishes. The Silverline Chevrolet driver put his Cruze third on the grid, before converting this to a superb second place in race one behind team-mate Jason Plato. Another strong showing in race two saw him take fourth, before he finished fifth in race three, moving him up to seventh in the championship standings.
Jordan King – Formula Renault UK
There was heartache for King in the opening Formula Renault race, as he looked set for his maiden series win, to back up his maiden pole in qualifying from Saturday. He was to be left disappointed though when he was hit from behind on the penultimate lap, causing him to spin off and out of the race. A strong run in race two saw the Manor Competition take a solid eighth place finish, keeping him in the top ten of the championship.
Tom Ingram – Ginetta GT Supercup
Ingram had a truly disastrous weekend at Snetterton in the G50’s, but fortunately still left Norfolk with the championship lead, albeit now only 1 point. Problems with his clutch, then his electrics and then his suspension in each race respectively saw him finish lowly in each, with a best result of fifth in class.
Max Coates – Ginetta Juniors
Yorkshireman Coates produced one of his strongest runs of the season in the opening Junior encounter, moving up from twelfth on the grid to fourth by the penultimate lap, before slipping to sixth at the final corner of the final lap. Followed this up with a frustrating second race, where he could only manage eleventh place.
Richard Plant – Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Plant enjoyed by far his most competitive weekend yet in the Porsches, the Team Parker Racing driver starting the meeting well with two third places in qualifying. The 21 year old just missed out on his maiden series podium in race one, slipping to a fourth place finish, but he was able to go one better in race two, finishing third.