Cam Jackson took his second win of the day in the season’s first Historic encounter, while Linton Stutely sneaked into third despite a fuel leak causing considerable discomfort.
Jackson, in his Winkelmann Class B car, astounded observers with a blindingly quick qualifying time in the 2:03s, almost a second and a half ahead of Tom McArthur in Simon Hadfield’s Titan Mk4.
This blistering pace was not carried through to the race itself, but Jackson was still charging hard and the only driver to get into the 2:04s. McArthur used his slipstream to great effect early on and looked as if he might challenge the multiple champion, but he lost touch and then had to contend with the attentions of Stutely’s Royale RP3. Stutely is never a driver to make rash attacks and he waited until the last lap for his chance to pass McArthur, having previously allowed him back in front when they passed an oil slick left by the stricken Lotus 51 of Peter Hamilton.
Stutely was dealing with a split fuel tank and spent half of the race sitting in a puddle of petrol.
Callum Grant, returning to the series in his orange Merlyn, had qualified well and started third, but his car started slowing for no obvious reason fairly early and he retired, allowing Stutely a clear run at the podium. Samuel Harrison (Elden Mk8) also benefited from Grant’s misfortune and took fourth place, having led the main pack and kept out of the way of the many private squabbles there. Brian Morris’s Lola was quick from the start but he was first overhauled by Simon Toyne, in another Lola, then Horatio Fitz-Simon, returning for a full season with Classic Team Merlyn. Toyne was fifth, Fitz-Simon sixth and Morris seventh.
Matthew Wrigley (Merlyn Mk11A/20), Danny Stanzl in his Elden and Max Bartell in Ross Drybrough’s March 709 all fought enthusiastically over eighth place, with Stanzl reclaiming his qualifying spot and coming out on top. Bartell was ninth, ahead of Wrigley who admitted that he had little experience of Snetterton.
Morris was the Over 50 class winner, ahead of 11th-placed Drybrough in a Merlyn Mk20.
Image courtesy of Andrew Ellis