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2015 VAG Trophy Series - Results & Reports

 
Snetterton Race Results - 28th March 2015

Qualifying

It’s typical when we go near a race track that the weather is always dubious. Choice was made to run the Vento on wet tyres as the track was wet even though it wasn’t raining hard but was greasy.


Martyn managed to run 2nd for most of the session but then started to develop significant understeer and so decided to pit to see if the tyres were ok and he suspected them to be blistering. The tyres were ok and so he went on his way but only managed an out lap as the session came to an end. While Martyn was in the pits he dropped to 4th which was still a good starting position on the grid.



Race 1

Race 1 was a very short race for Martyn as he made an excellent start and was alongside Paul Taylor but on the outside so had to concede and dropped into 3rd. The exit of the 2nd corner ended Martyn’s race as he went for 3rd gear the gear lever snapped meaning he trundled round to the pits where Barrie and Pete Cooper were ready to help. They managed to scrounge a screw driver and on removing the gear stick cover it was identified that it was a terminal failure.


The car was manually placed into gear and taken back to the pits to see if it could be fixed ready for race 2.


As always fellow competitors are always helpful and Neil Barnett from Maximum Motorsport help remove the broken stud and then it was time to bodge the gear lever together which was done with a coke can to act as a tube shim and a nut and bolt.



Race 2

With Martyn’s failure he had to start at the back of the grid which would make for interesting racing with a lot of overtaking to be done.


Drivers at the back of the grid don’t watch their mirrors so closely as they are not expecting a quicker driver to be flying past them but Martyn made a good start and overtook 2 drivers before the first corner and then set about every driver he could see.


Martyn made some audacious overtaking moves especially on the inside of Tony Harberman going through Corum which is not normally done but as he approached the next corner he was moving a bit quick and the car started to spin but jumping on the throttle saved the slide but he lost the place again to Tony. By the end of the straight he was in position to go round the outside of the first corner.


Martyn kept pushing but struggled as the bodge didn’t allow for use of 2nd gear so he was slow coming out of the slower corners.


He managed to finish 9th which was not a bad result considering how the car was hampered.



 
VW Racing in the VAG Trophy
2015 Season

28 March

Snetterton


16 May

Brands Hatch Indy


13/14 June

Silverstone GP


25/26 July

Snetterton


8 August

Castle Combe


19/20 Sept

Donington Park GP


24 October

Oulton Park

 

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