2011 UK Ford Fiesta Championship – Rounds 3 & 4 Snetterton

Classes A, B & D – RACE 1
The slightly slimmer than usual grid was to enjoy maximum laps. The red lights went out and within half a lap the field had started to spread out with Langridge leading Elsom and tthen the B class cars of Baines and Bateman then Barton and Edwards who had a gap back to Tiley, Kemp, Appleby and Chapman. By the end of lap 2, Langridge had opened up an incredible gap of just over 11 seconds over the leading battle of B cars in Baines and Bateman. Stirling had Barton right behind him and the latter was searching for a way past the Zetec ahead. Around the third distance and no change then on lap 4 Edwards had swapped with Barton for 6th but by lap 5 this had reverted again as Barton diposed Edwards to charge after Stirling. These three cars were very close as they vied for the B class 3rd spot. By the chequered flag, John Langridge had secured the race and Class A win with an impressive Scott Baines taking second overall and 1st in Class B. Ken Bateman was 2nd in B and followed by Kevin Stirling who was showing some battle scars on the side of his car.

Classes A, B & D – RACE 2
The second race of the day was almost a re-run of the first with Langridge setting off in brisk style but this time Elsom had the ‘peddle to the metal’ and was keeping in touch as he kept the Baines B class car honest behind. An incident between Barton and Stirling saw both cars drop down the order and more so for Stirling who was now in 9th from 7th until retiring after the 6th lap with damage. It was the driving of Claire Kemp that was catching the eye. Her driving is ever improving and her determination for a fair but fast try at passing was a joy to watch. At the chequered flag John Langridge took the race and Class A win (to make a double) and David Elsom kept and took a good second. The unflappable Scott Baines took 3rd and top B Class honours – what would he do in an ST ?? . Ken Bateman took a fine 4th and B class 2nd spot with a brilliant drive by James Appleby to take a maiden class podium 3rd and 5th in the race overall.

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