Ferrari Challenge UK – Swift and de Zille triumph at Snetterton in Race 1
Swift clinched his first win of the season in the Trofeo Pirelli while Graham de Zille continued his winning streak in the Coppa Shell at the end of an exciting day in front of the fans at Snetterton.
Pirelli Trophy. The expected rain began to fall a few moments before qualifying, forcing the riders to mount rain tires. James Swift (Dick Lovett Swindon) was the fastest with a time of 2’09 ”8. At the end of the session the rain gave way to a pale sun which, however, managed to dry the track, allowing a battle between the riders without the unknown of wetness. Despite conditions other than qualifying conditions, Swift dominated the race from start to finish in the scheduled thirty minutes, ahead of Lucky Khera (Graypaul Birmingham), who failed to worry the winner. Khera was followed by Paul Hogarth (Stratstone Manchester) who, after losing a position at the start, was able to defend third place. The fastest lap was signed by Swift in 1’53 ”8.
Shell Cup . After an intense qualifying session, Graham de Zille (Meridien Modena) was once again the fastest with a time of 2’10 ”7. De Zille was therefore the author of an important race obtaining his fifth consecutive success and troubling the drivers of the Pirelli Trophy. Paul Rogers (JCT600 Brooklands) made no mistakes and finished second. Jonathan Satchell (HR Owen London) made it to the podium for the first time without being undermined by the riders behind him. De Zille also set the fastest lap in 1’55 ”8.
Swift and Simmerson at the top in Race 2 at Snetterton
Swift took the second victory of the season in the Trofeo Pirelli imitated by Paul Simmerson in the Coppa Shell in a race that was not without twists.
Pirelli Trophy. The dry conditions that characterized the qualifying allowed us to sign shorter times than yesterday. James Swift (Dick Lovett Swindon) took another pole position with a remarkable 1’52 ”7. After qualifying, the sky was covered with clouds and the temperature dropped significantly. Swift once again dominated the track, from the first to the last lap. The winner of Race 1 managed to avoid a spin from Han Sikkens (HR Owen London) which allowed Khera (Graypaul Birmingham) to move up to second position. Paul Hogarth (Strastone Manchester) also took advantage of the situation but a contact on the last lap excluded both from the fight for the podium. Henry Simmons (Maranello Sales), author of an excellent race, he was penalized by 5 seconds for not respecting the limits of the track, coming down from the podium. Celebrating with Swift and Khera was Faisal Al Faisal. Swift also conquered the additional point guaranteed by the fastest lap, scored in 1’53 ”8.
Shell Cup. After an intense qualifying session, Graham de Zille (Meridien Modena) has guaranteed for the sixth consecutive time the right to start in front of everyone in the class, thanks to a time of 1’54 ”7. In the race, Paul Simmerson (Graypaul Birmingham) took his first win of the season, canceling the disappointing outcome of Saturday’s test. An aggressive maneuver by the championship leader, de Zille, involved the poleman and Andie Stokoe (Dick Lovett Swindon) with the latter spinning on the grass, but able to resume the race, and the former forced into a drive-through . Despite this, de Zille managed to climb up to second place thanks to a frenzied pace, as evidenced by the fastest lap of 1’56 ”3. Paul Rogers (JCT600 Brooklands), thanks to a race without errors, managed to repeat the third place obtained yesterday.
Appointments . The next Ferrari Challenge UK race will take place at Silverstone on 18 and 19 September.