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Home-grown cars are stars of show as racing returns to Snetterton

PUBLISHED: 07:49 23 March 2017

Lotus Cup racing at Snetterton. Picture: Archant Library

Lotus Cup racing at Snetterton. Picture: Archant Library

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Snetterton’s circuit racing season starts this Saturday with Norfolk-built cars headlining the meeting in the Lotus Cup along with the Lotus Elise Trophy, which will be joining its bigger brother at their local venue.

Last year the Cup title started and finished in Norfolk, with Adam Mackay beating Ryan Savage to the title in the final round, but with the former moving on to contest the British GT series the series is now wide open.

Jason Baker secured the final-race victory from Mackay at the end of last year and if he can reproduce that kind of speed, Savage will have a real battle on his hands this season while Adam Balon also showed a decent turn of speed in the final meeting.

The Elise Trophy is always hard fought and with a reverse grid for the second race the winner’s champagne gets sprayed around with whoever can produce the most consistence result usually winning out in the end.

Terrington St John racer Seth Walpole has tasted success on his home circuit and would like to do so once more, while Fritton’s Simon Oakley will want to forget a dismal last outing at his home circuit and return to his front-running pace.

The Lotus Speed Championship, based on a Sprinting format, starts its season off with four timed runs of the 300 layout mainly aimed at the novice racer as a forerunner to joining the main series.

The Nippon Challenge/Tricolore/Multi Marques series concluded its 2016 season at the Norfolk venue with Philip Collard’s Mazda RX7 coming out on top.

However, Lee Gillard’s Subaru Impreza was the fastest car on the track until stymied by engine problems and he would like to start the new campaign off with a more positive result while a horde of Renault Clios will once more give chase to the powerful Japanese machinery.

Not only can the Toyota MR2 runners join the Nippon Challenge grids, but they have two standalone races themselves and they always produce close and competitive racing on a budget.

Completing the programme, which starts at 11.25am, are two All-Comers events, with an eclectic mixture of racing vehicles ranging from sports prototypes to standard production vehicles.


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