Small piece of history made as BARC entertains at Snetterton

11 Sep 17

History was made this past weekend (9/10 September) as five British Automobile Racing Club championships put on a show in mixed conditions at Snetterton.

Heavy rain was replaced with bright sunshine on more than one occasion over the two races as more than 20 races were run around at the popular Norfolk circuit.

Many eyes were fixed on the brand new Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship, which roared into life. The latest category for 14 to 17-years-old to race within, the tin-top category provides the perfect proving ground for youngsters to begin their car racing careers.

With a seven-car entry confirmed for the opening rounds of the season, the action matched that of the senior Clio Cup series from the get-go. Max Marzorati wrote his name into the history books as he took the first ever win in the championship, holding off a late charge from the chasing pack. Louis Doyle and Connor Grady rounded out the podium alongside the Team Pyro driver.

Junior Saloon Car competitor Ethan Hammerton underlined his talents in race two as he took a commanding victory in to bounce back from a retirement in race one. MRM Racing’s Jack Young and Grady claimed the remaining pieces of silverware.

After two exhilarating rounds, Marzorati and Grady now head into the second event of the season in under two weeks time tied at the top of the points.

The heavyweight monsters from the British Truck Racing Championship were also in action with both Division 1 and Division 2 races being staged. In the top tier, Ryan Smith maintained his lead in the standings, extending his advantage to 35 over Stuart Oliver.

Smith took victory in race one before taking a brace of third place finishes with Richard Collett and Mat Summerfield emerging victorious in the remaining races.

Mika Makinen meanwhile took another step closer to championship glory in Division 2 as he bagged a trio of victories around the 2.99 mile circuit. Luke Garrett ended the weekend as the only driver to beat Makinen.

In the Pickup Truck Racing Championship, Scott Bourne took another step closer to the 2017. Finishing second to Paul Tompkins in race one, Bourne and the rest of the grid battled a damp track on slick tyres to charge to the front and add another victory to his impressive win tally.

John Mickel was in fine form in the MRF UK National Legends Cars Championship, storming to three victories to get his charge for yet another title back on track.

Ben Power, Sean Smith and Steve Whitelegg were the other drivers to top the rostrum.

Rounding out the action were a host of races from the APL Health Caterham Graduates Championship. In the amalgamated Class/Super/Mega races, Luke Cooper claimed both wins whilst Graeme Smith reached a significant milestone in his career, competing in his 400th race.

Sam Wilson and Jamie Ellwood shared the spoils in the Sigma & Sigmax races. Jon Harmer meanwhile may not have won overall but walked way with an unassailable lead in the Sigma class, securing him the title.

For the full classification of results, click here.