Globals Go Global- Snetterton Report!
April 25, 2014 by Dave Mint
The racing season is upon us and well underway now for most Irish classes at this stage, but the Irish Global Lights series headed off to the the UK track of Snetterton to open up proceedings for 2014 over the Easter Weekend.
Racing was on the 300 configuration of the track which is a mix of fast flowing corners coupled with tight hairpins and the ultra fast Coram corner which can really sort the men from the boys and the racing was wheel to wheel as usual.
Weather was forecasted as pretty good for the weekend and an early qualifying Session on Saturday morning saw Max Drennan on form to put his car on pole position for Race one by over a second from Paul Fitzpatrick and “Bernie The Bolt” Braden.
The excitement started early in Saturday’s race with the lead swapping numerous times on the first 5 or 6 laps between Drennan, Braden, Richard Finlay and Fitzpatrick. Ultimately Drennan took the lead and held on until the chequered flag with Bernie the Bolt coming in second with a great drive just 3 tenths behind. Finlay crossed the line third to round off the podium.
Sunday morning’s race had been predicted to be wet, but when the call to assembly was made, it was starting to drizzle light rain. No driver was keen to gamble on a wet setup so all cars were on slicks and staying on that setup it would seem, although the track was getting more greasy by the minute!
It was evident it was going to be a messy one! The first casulty was Drennan who broke a throttle cable on the way to the grid ruling him out of this decider. On race start it was clear there was not a great amount of grip on the track as the Globals started making their way though the back of the grid of some of the OSS championship cars of Radicals, Jades and Junos that were really struggling to get power down.
It was really a “how fast do you push it” with the low level of grip but Bernie was pushing hard at the front. After three laps the track started to dry and suddenly it was on as the track started to dry out. Fitzpatrick took the lead from Braden, Finlay and newcomer Fergus Costello who were all hot on his heels. A late braking mistake by Fitzpatrick at Coram resulted in a trip across the grass which gave the lead to Braden. Fitzpatrick subsequently recovered and chased Bernie down, setting the fastest lap on the way. It was neck and neck until Fitzpatrick made his pass stick coming into the chicane on the last lap to take the chequered flag in what was an exciting last few laps.
Third step of the podium was claimed by class newcomer Fergus Costello in his immaculately prepared car, who had a great battle throughout the race with Richard Finlay. He will be one to watch in the future and will certainly be planning on hassling all the front runners thoughout this season
Rounds 3&4 lay siege to Bishopscourt circuit where the Northern Ireland track will host most Irish classes on the 11&12 May. With Bernie the Bolt leading the championship at this early stage it promises to be another wheel-to-wheel action packed double header for the Irish Global Lights.