Race Report – Snetterton 18th October

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Qualifying at Snetterton was in the dry, but the circuit itself was still very wet and greasy. Karen and Richard felt it was a bit of a struggle but they still managed to qualify in 10th position and ahead of their class competition.

Karen drove the rolling start, but was immediately mugged by Carl Owen's Audi TT which meant class honours were now at stake. There was a safety car incident which helped keep in touch with the Audi. Meanwhile she was working hard to stay ahead of Rob Baker's very rapid Smart Four Four.

Once again Karen and Richard were operating alone, yet their pit-stop seemed fairly good. Richard didn't fail to notice that he'd come out just behind Carl's Audi and he tried rather too hard too soon. He tried to carry too much speed into the chicane after the Bentley Straight and ended up going off circuit. Not only did this lose him time against the Audi, but he had to yield to a Porsche 944 as he recovered. It didn't take him long to regain the position, but he then went too deep into the hairpin and had a major drift on the greasy surface off-line. This resulted in another visit to the grass and it looks like these disturbances helped loosen a front boost pipe. At the end of that lap the exhaust note changed and there was a major power loss resulting in retirement.

A very disappointing DNF which Richard felt responsible for...

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About Karen Phillips

  • Karen races her Impreza WRX in the Classic and Sports Car Club (CSCC) Modern Classics series, with her husband Richard as a 2nd Driver. The races are mini-endurance events involving a driver-swap. Karen has previously raced in the Nippon Challenge, a race series for Japanese and Asian cars. Karen has been racing since 2006, having started in the MR2 Challenge.
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