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Sunday saw us return to Snetterton circuit for the first round of our 2017 series and what a difference a year makes (well 6 months), last time we visited it was raining on and off all day causing multiple stoppages and problems throughout the day but this time around we were greeted with the spring sunshine. We were joined by many returning faces along with quite a large contingent of new ones as well and by all the social media posts I've seen and feedback at the event it was an enjoyable day throughout.
Tim Bedford in the Subaru Impreza emerged with first blood for the year after taking a commanding early lead he saw off a late charge from Chris Morris in the MEV Exocet to take the win with both setting their fastest times of the day on the final run. Steve Reed had to settle for 3rd in the Mitsubishi Evo but was happy with the result after mechanical issues stopped play before the end of the day. Class F2 saw the winner decided by 0.08s and 2nd & 3rd in class B1 were split by just 0.03s with some of the overall positions split by even smaller margins, the dry conditions making the spread of times surprisingly small for what is the longest track on the calendar. Further down the order there are always plenty of battles to be had with drivers proving it's not all about where you finish overall but who you beat by doing it and in some cases just wanting to beat your own times.
This event saw our first use of our new for this year timing equipment and even though it was a baptism of fire with Snetterton being one of more difficult circuits for timing setup it showed improvements on previous years immediately. We concentrated on the basics for this event to ensure it ran smoothly so now with that under our belts we can start to add more elements for future events including intermediate times, speeds traps and live timing with the main issue being getting it all packed into the car!
Round 2 takes place at Blyton Park on Sunday the 16th of April on the Outer circuit in three weeks time. Entries for this event are already quite high with half of the event sold as I write this so don't delay as the Book Early Price ends at Midnight on Tuesday 4th April and entries closing completely the week after that.