Snetterton, 15 April 2000 Sven Frindelius from Sweden and young British charger Chris Vincent proved to be the most able to cope with dreadful weather conditions as the stars of the Europa Cup qualified at Snetterton, Norfolk for tomorrowâ€™s...
Snetterton, 15 April 2000
Sven Frindelius from Sweden and young British charger Chris Vincent proved to be the most able to cope with dreadful weather conditions as the stars of the Europa Cup qualified at Snetterton, Norfolk for tomorrow’s opening races of the season.
For the first qualifying session, the drivers were released at 8:15 in the morning onto a soaking wet track with steady rain still falling. Trailing great rooster-tails of spray, the cars splashed round this 1.95 mile circuit, normally one of the fastest on the calendar. Lance Robson (Cyclone Racing) was the first to fall foul of the dreadful conditions. The session was stopped for 3 minutes while his car was retrieved from the grass, but he was then able to continue on his way.
Performance Racing team-mates Sven Frindelius and Bobby Isazadhe set fastest times early on, while Chris Vincent (Marque Cars), Andy Neate (Team Brask/Steve Mole Motorsport) and Justin Sherwood (Marque Cars) traded places, finally ending up in that order after 20 minutes. Dermot Healy (Top Marx Racing) was the quickest of the Invitation Class runners in an impressive sixth place.
The second qualifying session, held at two o’clock in the afternoon, was marginally drier although rain was still falling. As a result, Chris Vincent’s best time was some 5 seconds quicker than he had managed in the morning and was good enough for pole position. Bobby Issazadhe and Justin Sherwood were next up, with the leading invitation runner this time being Richard Purcell (Top Marx Racing) in an excellent fourth place. Lance Robson was again in trouble, this time with a broken plug lead, but he rejoined to finish up sixth quickest behind Sven Frindelius.
As the track again became wetter, and times slower, when visiting Swede Peter Gustafson’s car (Peter Gustafson Racing) became stuck at the side of the track the officials decided to put everyone out of their misery and curtail the session after 15 minutes.
All the drivers are hoping that tomorrow’s two 16-lap races will be held in dry conditions. EUROPA CUP – QUALIFYING FOR RACE 1
1 Sven Frindelius Performance Racing 1:32.790 2 Bobby Issazadhe Performance Racing 1:33.262 3 Chris Vincent Marque Cars 1:33.666 4 Andy Neate Team Brask / Steve Mole Motorsport 1:35.208 5 Justin Sherwood Marque Cars 1:35.993 6 Dermot Healy Top Marx Racing 1:37.951
EUROPA CUP – QUALIFYING FOR RACE 2
1 Chris Vincent Marque Cars 1:28.581 2 Bobby Issazadhe Performance Racing 1:28.952 3 Justin Sherwood Marque Cars 1:29.186 4 Richard Purcell Top Marx Racing 1:30.445 5 Sven Frindelius Performance Racing 1:30.558 6 Lance Robson Cyclone Racing 1:30.813