Snetterton April 7/8

The Circuit - April 7/8 2012

Snetterton Circuit, Thetford, Norfolk NR16 2JU

Location: off the A11, nr Attleborough

Tel: 01474 872331

Website: www.snetterton.co.uk

Practice Report

Media release: 6th April 2012

Due to travel commitments Pete was unable to take part in the practice sessions.

Brace of fourth places for Smallwood

Media release: 7th April 2012

Weather conditions for the first qualifying session of the 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Great Britain were unpredictable. With drivers competing on the 200 layout of the Snetterton circuit set in the flat land of Norfolk meaning weather watching is a full time job. It started cold and damp but the thoughts of starting on slicks would soon vanish with a light rain shower. This meant that all the cars went out for the delayed session on wets.

The track dried quickly when the cars were out so after only four flying laps Pete was in for a change onto slick rubber. “Changing over to slick form wets was the right thing to do at the right time.” Said Pete. “Not testing yesterday on a circuit that I’ve never been on before made it really difficult. I was finding coming out onto the back straight is a lot slower exciting turn three because you brake too early. I’ve got a chunk of work to do to look at the data to get more speed onto the straight and braking into Bombhole.“

Pete is confident that he can find over two seconds in these sectors, which will put him right in the fight for top honours with race one pole sitter James Birch and race two pole starter Steve Liquorish. Pete will start both races from sixth position.

Race One will be a t 15:35 this afternoon

Solid start to 2012 campaign for Smallwood

Media release: 7th April 2012

Parr Motorsport driver Pete Smallwood kicked off his 2012 championship campaign with a solid forth place finish in today’s first race. The weather held meaning that the 25 minute race was run on a dry track. At the start Pete got off the line well but missed a gear change which created a gap to the top three.  Despite not being able to test on Friday due to travel commitments, some driver tuition from Parr’s Carrera Cup driver Ben Barker proved useful. “I settled into a good battle with Sherwood for a couple of laps and then got past him with a decent move around Corum,” said Pete. “Mr Barker’s coaching did the trick there!” Pete held the gap to Sherwood for a number of laps until he was retaken when his tyres started to go off.

 

 

Pole position man James Birch got off to a great start taking an early lead but threw it all away when he hit the barrier between the Brundle and Nelson corners. The impact damaged the Armco barrier, which resulted in a safety car period bunching the field up. Birch recovered to the pits but would no longer play a part in the race. The safety car stayed out until the last few minutes of the race resulting in a dash to the flag.

Pete ran wide at Corum as a result of his tyres going off. This compromised his line into the final chicane where he ran wide over the curb. This happened just as the green flag came out to signal the start of racing again so a gap opened up to the guys in front. Pete kept his head down though and reaped the benefits when Ferguson spun on the last lap claiming forth place.

First Podium of 2012 for Smallwood

Media release: 8th April 2012

Weather was again a factor is Sunday’s race. After a light shower in the morning however it remained dry until light drizzle started just before the race. All the cars started the race on slick tyres but it was careful going on the first laps of the race.  “It was a case of who was prepared to brake the latest,” said Pete. “I realised I was on brand new tyres that are red hot and it’s only a little bit greasy so I got on with it.”

Poleman Liquorish spun on lap two dropping to fifth, which helped a charging Pete get up to second where he fought with Ferguson. He remained in second for three laps before Ferguson lunged up the inside of Pete at the final corner causing them both to run wide and lose places. Pete, now in forth, set about recovering lost ground with the track drying and every lap getting faster. When Birch and Sherwood came together at the first corner Pete picked up another place and was able to maintain the gap to a charging Liquorish to cross the line for his first podium of 2012 in the GT3 Cup Challenge.

“It is a big confidence boost in really difficult changing conditions on slicks keeping the car on the track, having a really good tustle and ending up on the podium. It was good. I’m really, really pleased with that,” said a clearly elated Pete.