British GT Snetterton 4/5th August 2012

The next 2 rounds of the British GT Championship was held at Snetterton in Norfolk, and Predator CCTV Racing had moved to a new team JMH Automotive to take over the running of the Ferrari Scuderia GT3.

They hired a new gearbox from car manufacturer Kessel racing in Switzerland and pretty much all the ancillaries that go with it, so we were confident the car wouldn’t suffer any of the gearbox issues that had plagued us all season.

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Free practice 1 went well and I was running P6 at the start of the first session on used tyres and full fuel so it was clear that the car was working well, we did a little setup work and eventually ended the session in 10th place after most the other cars ran new tyres at the end when fuel was light so we were pleased with that.

Free practice 2 much the same again, we concentrated on setup rather than an ouright laptime and we finished up P12, I was confident I could make a top 6 Position in Qualifying.

However with severe weather warnings issued the weather didn’t disappoint and the whole circuit was under at least a couple of inches of rain water so most the afternoons races including our Qualifying session was cancelled and we would start race 1 from free practice 1 position and race 2 from the 2nd practice session.

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Phil Burton would take the start from Race 1 and did a good job to bring the car home in P12 setting consistent lap times, I managed to make a couple of positions and get us back into P10, however with around 15 minutes to go the car wouldn’t downshift gears and I was caught quickly by the Ferrari 458 of Aaron Scott, I did all I could to try and hang onto 10th and the last point scoring position but he managed to get by and we took the flag in 11th.

The JMH team were quick to point out the Gearbox problem it seems a gear actuator was at fault on the hired gearbox, and unfortunately there was little they could do to rectify this problem with only a couple of hours to the next race so we planned to run until it caused a problem then we would have no choice but to retire the car.

I took the start of race 2 and made a few places coming round in 9th place just behind the race 1 winning McLaren of Matt Bell but the car wasn’t working 100% as it should and I quickly lost places first to Matt Griffin in the Mtech Ferrari then a couple of others down to 12th again, after 5 laps I decided it was safest to retire from the race to bring a sad end to our race weekend as it was looking initially that we would be able to run at the front of the field.

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For images from Snetterton please CLICK HERE

The next race is a 3 hour endurance race at Silverstone on 8/9th September.

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