Snetterton 600x398 Bike Sport News , Review Snetterton Race Weekend

"what do you mean what do I do? just pin it "


By Alfonso Lygo

Three Hour National and Junior Endurance Race

Early signs AND The Neate Brothers (Sam & Steve) led from TANC (Mike Dickinson/Chris Mason) with DR4 (Tony Rogers/Neil Garnham) and Sweatshop (Mick Godfrey/Hugh Brasher) in close attendance. After a delay GB Moto (Mark Smith Halvorsen/Tristan Palmer) were in sixth and in the first hour newly crowned champions Sweatshop were heard misfiring through The Esses with petrol starvation, Godfrey recovering via the infield.

With an hour spent Neates had a full lap lead over Road & Racing (Luke Stapleford/Dan Kinloch) with TANC and GB Moto stuffed up their zorst pipes. A lap down were National 600 crew Seton (Phil Seton/Sam Warren), with Junior 1000 hopefuls DR4 only a few seconds in front or Visorvision (Ben Neeves/Keith Flint); Blujets (Carl Dodwell/Ash Rothwell) were in 13th and in the National 600s M & M (Lewis Mason/Ady Allsopp) were in 10th with rivals Pit Stop Racing (Mark Affleck/ Marc Dilks) last, 12 laps adrift having had clutch/crank problems leading to retirement.

Two thirds distance and the Neates held a two lap lead from GB Moto with three teams a further lap away all circulating within 20 seconds; TANC, Seton and R & R. DR4 were doing well in 6th and under no real threat from Blujets five places further back and M & M were guaranteed the National 600 title.

Half an hour to go and the status quo remained for Neates and GB Moto whilst Seton were up to third with TANC ousting R & R into fifth ahead of DR4, Half A Chance (Andy Carpenter/Jonty Dixon) and Flex Net (Andy Rouse/Colin Norris). Whilst TANC’s Mason crashed out, Sam & Steven Neate celebrated a great win with a one lap lead over the next National 1000 home – Road & Racing, GB Moto were third in class, a lap down on R&R and a massive five laps in front of Half a Chance with Flex Net in fifth ahead of Sweatshop.

M & M were second in National 600s; six laps adrift of class winners Seton, Ducks Cross (Mike Eglington/Martin Landmann) had a ball in third spot ahead of 1491 Endurance (Andy Pulling/Ian Cooper) and Spark Endurance (Shelley Pike/Rob Knoyle).

DR4 won the Junior 1000 class and tied up the title, moving up to the Nationals in 2012 whilst Banzai (Ben Jenkins/Rupert Thompson) were runners up on the day in front of Blujets who did all they could but it was always going to be a massive ask! DR200 (Andy Dix/Jonathon Garnett) and Baby TANC (Paul Pickering/Graham Marks) bought up the rear.

Initiatec JR Racing (Mark Roxborough/John Burr) were top of the pops in the Junior 600 class, a brilliant achievement as Roxy was still getting over a bad smash at Cadwell back in August. Title sponsors (Fergus Dalgarno/Richard Dilks) were second in front of Apex Racing (Nick Matthews/Lund), Team RAF Witteringham (Gary Hignett/Tim McGivern) and 2011 champs Brand Brothers (Martin & Peter) who had a bad day at the office).


MotoGrande 600

Race 1

Visitor Olie Linsdell produced a 3s lead in the opening lap over a chasing Paul O’Connor with Nathan Dyke in third. Nick Green worked his way up to third around half distance and pounced on O’Connor for second. By the end Dyke was in a well earned fourth only a fifth of a second ahead of current Junior 600 endurance title holder Martin Brand and Richard Dilks. Wayne Crossman was seventh and making up the top dozen were; sage Colin Norris, Andrew Lund, Roger Slater, 2011 MG 600 champ Andrew Nicholson and Terry Merritt.

Race 2

Linsdell soon sorted out a another dominant lead pulling out and maintaining a six second cushion over Green, Brand, Slater, Norris,  Dilks, Lund and Crossman. We lost Dyke on the 9th lap from fourth spot after Matthews and O’Connor had headed for the pits early doors. At the end of thirteen laps Andrew Nicholson, Warren Verwey, Lee Rawlings and Nick Barnes completed the top twelve.

Race 3

Linsdell got the hole shot to build a comfortable lead over Green; Ollie established a massive gap over Dyke, Dilks, Brand with a decent distance before Norris who was just in front of the recovering Green. As young Ollie made it 3 out of 3, those inhaling his exhaust fumes were; Dyke, Crossman, Brand, a recovering Green, Norris, Dilks, Slater, Lund, Verwey and top man Andrew Nicholson.