31/07/2019

Three things to watch for at Snetterton

Several scenarios that have got us scratching our head in anticipation as the championship heads to the longest lap on the calendar – Snetterton in Norfolk – for its latest two rounds this weekend...
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How Jack Young reacts
Anyone who knows Young can be 99.9% certain that his crash while going for a second win at Oulton Park last time out won’t have affected him in the slightest, but there’s always a but…

He was back to his winning ways in front of the F1 crowds in Hockenheim’s Clio Cup Open last weekend although, annoyingly for him, was denied two wins there by a 30-seconds ‘track limits’ time penalty…

The 17-year-old’s prang at Oulton left the way open for arch rival Max Coates to get ahead of him in the UK points standings and he has openly said that and his penalty hat Hockenheim have made him even more determined to show who’s boss at Snetterton.

From one normally so calm, there could just be fireworks this weekend…

Bond & Colburn on a charge
Jamie Bond and Ben Colburn were undoubtedly two of the stars last time at Oulton Park – can they keep the momentum going at Snetterton?

At the Cheshire venue, Bond brilliantly became the only driver other than Max Coates or Jack Young to qualify on pole position and lead a race in 2019.

Although he couldn’t hang on for the win, he still came away with his first two podium results – a third and a second – and suddenly, despite having missed the season’s opening two rounds, he is up to fourth in the standings and posing a threat to the top three: Coates, Young and Brett Lidsey…

Colburn was also at his best yet at Oulton with fourth in race one followed up by third in race two and the bonus points for fastest lap.

Another fourth and third have followed since – at last weekend’s Clio Cup Open at Hockenheim – and the Westbourne Motorsport driver goes to Snetterton more confident than ever.

Can Hammerton & Edwards regain their form?
Things have gone a little awry for Team HARD's two other drivers since they both challenged for a place on the podium in Brands Hatch's opening rounds back in April, so can they regain that front-running form at Snetterton?

Edwards’ impressive run of points in every race so far has helped her to fifth place in the standings (until recently she was fourth) but Snetterton she openly admits is her “bogey circuit”. Strange, though, how things can sometimes come good on an unfancied track…

Hammerton goes into the weekend off the back off two tricky events – at his home circuit of Croft where he was expected to shine he was one of several drivers to go off in perilously wet conditions; at Oulton Park there was a chance of a fourth in race two until a tangle with Lidsey sent him spinning.

Oh what a boost for either a maiden podium result would do as the season enters its mid-way stages (rounds nine and ten of the 18).