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MSVR Season Starter kicks off car racing season

Monday, April 07 2014

The MSVR Season Starter began the Snetterton car racing season last weekend with the opening rounds of Lotus' UK championships. F3 Cup, Monoposto, MSVT's Trackday and Team Trophy were also in action.

Rob Boston Racing's Adam Gore made history by becoming the first ever winner of a championship round of Lotus Elise Trophy, which was awarded championship status last year. The six-time race winner from 2013 beat BTCC racer Jack Goff, who spent much of the race fending off Fulvio Mussi.

Mussi later won the day's second race, a top 10 from qualifying reverse grid race. After starting third on the grid, Goff and Gore made their way to the front by the pack to complete a reversed podium of race one.

The Lotus Exige V6 CupR was handed a winning debut by Adam Balon in the Lotus Cup UK who survived a relentless battle with the S1 Exige of Adrian Hall. Early race leader Ken Savage retired allowing Simon Deacon to win the 2-Eleven class and third on the road. Gavan Kershaw claimed the Production class.

The first rounds of F3 Cup's 2014 season were dominated by Lanan Racing's new karting graduate Toby Sowery. After taking pole by nearly one second, he held on from Tristan Cliffe's early charge to build a comfortable 17 second lead by the chequered flag. Stuart Wiltshire scored his best ever result in third after Oliver Rae was excluded post-race.

A safety car stoppage in race two couldn't stop Sowery from leaving Norfolk with maximum points, who again kept Cliffe behind on the restart to again pull away. Cliffe initially had a poor getaway and came through from as low as fifth before the safety car was scrambled, and Louis Hamilton-Smith collected yet another podium with a superb charge through the field from the very back row.

In Monoposto, reigning 2000 champion Robbie Watts started the season with a brace of wins, twice heading Malcolm Scott and Peter Venn. Race two's win was most comfortable, 22 seconds clear of Scott. There was a double winner in Monoposto 1800/1600/Moto as Kevin Waring took his first ever wins in the championship. Geoff Fern left with a pair of third places, first behind reigning Moto champion Jason Timms and later behind Jeremy Timms.

There were intriguing battles throughout Sunday's MSVT Team Trophy race as polesitters Adam and Ben U'Ren recovered from a wretched start to lead at the midway mark. A penultimate-lap retirement handed Matthew Weymouth an unlikely win ahead of Nigel Richards and the Coomber/Gannon-shared Honda Integra. The race was drawn to an early close when Class B leader Fryer/Oakman clashed with the fourth-in-class Porsche 968 of Ball and Hughes with 90 seconds to go.

The MSVT Trackday Trophy race was more clean-cut as the Jones pairing's Toyota MR2 beat James Bird and Andrew Stacey's MINI Cooper S by nearly 30 seconds. Rick Bromley and Andy Montgomery took third and the Class B win.

Jack Goff made his third trip to the podium of the weekend in the Lotus Cup UK Speed Championship as Xavier Brooke added a second class 1 win of the sprint championship's season. Brooke beat Rob Clark and Goff in class 1 but it was John LaMaster who was fastest outright. Kriss LaRoche and David Mann took second and third in Class 2.

The MSVR season moves onto Silverstone and Donington for a double header on 26/27 April.