High levels of anticipation and Snetterton sunshine greeted the club racing revolution to Norfolk, for round number three of Turismo X’s inaugural season. The championship has been hotly contested so far, with some fantastically competitive on-track action regularly on display. There was nothing to suggest Snetterton wouldn’t produce more of the same.
The day’s proceedings got underway with an early qualifying session. Mangoes Racing hit the ground running, setting an impressive lap time of 2:05:211 on just his third lap of the session. This time would end the session unbeaten, despite the best efforts of the chasing pack. Autorevive London came extremely close setting a time just 0.042secs off Mangoes Racing, but ultimately it was the Audi RS3 TCR car who would lead the field into SuperPole.
So far in 2022, SuperPole has produced two different pole sitters and at Snetterton it made it three from three. Mangoes Racing held their nerve to capitalise on their earlier pace and take SuperPole honours for the first time this season. Current championship leader Adam Blair (Darkside Developments) lined up in second, narrowly ahead of Class X pole sitter Autorevive London. Darkside Developments #12 and Team Norfolk claimed the Class A and B pole respectively.
The sun continued to shine on the 300 circuit for Turismo X’s first race of the day. Despite finishing both qualifying and SuperPole first, Mangoes Racing wasn’t the first car over the line after the opening lap, courtesy of a fast-starting Adam Blair. Autorevive London remained hot on the pair’s tails and an epic battled ensured between the three for the remainder of the twenty-minute sprint race. There was huge amounts of excitement as all three jostled for position on the final lap, culminating in a drag race between Adam Blair (Darkside Developments) and Autorevive London to the line. Autorevive London managed to pip their rival by just 0.019secs over the line, although a ten second time penalty for a start line infringement retrospectively dropped them down the order to fifth. Resultingly, it was championship leader Adam Blair who secured the first victory of the day, a mere 0.805secs ahead of Mangoes Racing. NJM Racing completed the S podium, while Darkside Development #12’s Scott Parkin and Team Norfolk’s Kevin Stirling extended their Class A and B championship leads, by converting their pole positions to race victories. Commanding drives from both. PJS and John LaMaster rounded out the Class A podiums, while Wolf Motorsport and Knockout Racing joined Team Norfolk on the Class B one. There was a small comfort to Autorevive London as they earned Class X victory, with AB Motorsport earning the second place trophy.
In race two Adam Blair (Darkside Developments) again led by the end of lap one, but this time a resurgent Mangoes Racing had his sights firmly set on the rival Audi. After a short, competitive battle Mangoes Racing took the lead and didn’t look back from there, utilising their earlier qualifying pace to great effect to take the win of race two. Blair finished second to cap off a successful day for the team, with NJM Racing #2 again taking the third step. Further solid victories from Scott Parkin and Kevin Stirling ensured a highly impressive day for the pair, with clean sweeps for both in Class A and B respectively. John LaMaster improved on his earlier finish to take the second step in Class A, being joined by Steven Summers. Wolf Motorsport and Knockout Racing again joined Team Norfolk on the Class B podium, after two commanding drives each. Congratulations to all of our podium finishers from both races.
Turismo X now finds itself with a short summer break, allowing everyone to take a breath and refresh for when the action resumes at Oulton Park in September. We can’t wait for round four of the revolution.