AMOC Racing Showcases fine classic racing at Snetterton

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Snetterton hosted the second AMOC Racing meeting of the season on Saturday July 8th, with four AMOC race series joined by two guests for a strong day’s racing. The meeting saw some classic cars taking wins in the Norfolk sunshine, from the Cooper Monaco of Tony Ditheridge in the 50s Sports Cars race to the rapid Ford Broadspeed Capri of Chris Ward in the guesting MRL Historic Touring Car Challenge.

The AMOC Intermarque Championship started the day’s race action with poleman James Hilliard losing out to the Porsche 964 of Rob Hollyman on the run into the first corner. These two set the early pace, but their battle ended on lap nine when Hilliard pulled off with an engine issue. After the pit stops reshuffle, it was the BMW M3 of Ed Leigh chasing down Hollyman in the final laps. Hollyman took the flag to clock up his second win in a row, with Ed Leigh second and Mangion taking third with the Dowd/Cooke BMW in fourth.

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The Aston Martin GT Challenge field had a fifty-minute race, the Lotus Evora of Gavan Kershaw initially continuing its domination of Rockingham two weeks ago by opening an early lead, only to pull off on lap five handing the front position to the Porsche 997 GT3 of Mark Smith/ Richard Cuff, with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Chris Kemp second.

Rapidly on the move up the order was the Porsche GT3 of Peter Mangion, which was into fourth by lap five from the very back row of the grid. In the final laps it was the Cuff/Smith Porsche 997 out front, with Mangion second and Kemp a secure third and they finished in that order.

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Robi Bernberg had his Cooper T39 Bobtail on pole for the AMOC 50s Sports Cars and Vredestein Jaguar XK Challenge race, but lost out on the opening lap to the Cooper Monaco of Tony Ditheridge in what proved to be the decisive move of the race.

From then on Ditheridge was able to extend his advantage lap by lap, Bernberg in turn able to keep clear of the Lotus Eleven of James Paterson in third. Ditheridge underlined his pace with a fastest race lap with a lap to go, and took the win from Bernberg and Paterson. John Burton was first of the XK Challenge runners home, taking fourth in his Jaguar XK120.
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The Innes Ireland Cup closed the day’s race action, and James Hilliard took the lead at the start in his Ginetta G10. Martyn Corfield was initially second but the Lotus Elan of Jeremy Cooke was right there and went past on lap two.  Four laps in and Hilliard already had a commanding lead, but was still pushing hard despite gearbox issues right to the end hammering home their victory.  Dowd brought the Elan home second with Corfield third and the only other car on the same lap as the leader.

The large Equipe GTS field were the first of the guest series earlier in the afternoon and it was Rob Cull who dominated, taking the lead at the first corner from the second row of the grid. A safety car period just after the leaders had all made their pit stops broke up the race, and they were released for a final one lap run to the flag, Cull winning from the MGB of David Beresford while Max Cawthorn just held off Brian Arculus at the line.

The Ford Broadspeed Capri of Chris Ward was dominant in the Motor Racing Legends Historic Touring Car Championship, and after holding off a challenge from fellow Capri racer Steve Dance into the first corner Ward pulled away and eventually lapped the whole field in the one-hour race.

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With Dance secure in second, the attention was on the battle for third where Peter Hallford’s Boss Mustang battled with the BMW M3 of Tom Andrew, the latter finally making the decisive move for the final podium slot with a lap to go.

For results and a read of the full racing report click here.

Next outing for AMOC Racing competitors is Saturday August 12th at Brands Hatch. If you haven’t already entered for this meeting please click here or for more information you can contact Lindsey Warren at: lindsey@amocracing.com

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