SPC: SNETTERTON RACE REPORT
Race One: A family affair
At Snetterton this weekend, James Abbott took overall victory in the ExcelR8-run Revolution A-One and Alastair Smart won the Unlimited Open race in a Radical PR6, designed by James’ father, Phil Abbott, some two decades ago.
In the Revolution Trophy, 2016 Radical SR1 Cup winner, James Taylor, made a storming start from third on the grid to confidently lead the opening laps. Both Morten Dons and Abbott made moves on Taylor on successive laps. The two experienced Revolution racers had their own intense battle until Dons retired with damage in the closing stages leaving Abbott to seal his first 2020 victory. Behind, Richard Wells starred on his Revolution debut to take a podium place ahead of the battling brothers, Matt and Peter Brookes
In the Unlimited Open category Mike Jenvey (Jenvey-Gunn) and Martin Brooks (Radical PR6) set a scorching pace but both had to pit with issues. This left Richard Chamberlain (CTR-Honda) and Smart as potential winners and it was Smart who clinched victory.
Race Two: Dons bounces back
Dons made up for his race one misfortune with a convincing lights to flag win to win both the overall race and the Revolution Trophy in his Mike Smith/Breakell prepared A-One. The Dane was untroubled throughout the 30-minute race with fellow former LMP3 star and Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, having a solid run to second. The battle for third was intense. Mark Hignett had a storming first lap to jump from ninth to third. Wells and Taylor fought back, with Wells squeezing past Hignett on lap two. Taylor almost did the same, but spun. His subsequent fightback to fourth place was one of the highlights of the race.
In Unlimited Open, both Jenvey and Brooks had winning pace but technical glitches paved the way for a debut win for Matthew Chamberlain in his self-designed CTR-Honda.
Formula One awaits
The next two rounds for the Revolution Trophy are support races for the Portuguese Grand Prix. This incredible opportunity will be the first time contemporary prototypes will race alongside Formula One for 37 years. All classes will then race at the Le Castellet Grand Tour Finale at Paul Ricard on November 7th. Race hire opportunities are available for both race events.