The DLR Transport sponsored Clio of John Griffiths and Thomas Rogers completed the second round of the MSVT Championship at Snetterton Race Circuit over the weekend, Sundays schedule consisted of a 30 minute qualifying session followed by a 45 minute race in which DLR secured another podium finish with 8th overall and 3rd in class.
Class C Qualifying was topped by the DLR Motorsport Clio of Griffiths and Rogers with a time of 2:17.010, ahead by just one tenth of a second of the Deadslow Fiesta of Denslow. Dean Hyde in the E30 BMW from Tylah Motorsport took third in class, just ahead of G&M Motorsport in fourth and Driven Motorsport in fifth – with the top five covered by just under a second. This meant the DLR Clio was placed forth on the grid behind the Class B cars taking first to third.
When the lights went out fast starts from both the BMWs of GNB Racing on pole and the Tylah Motorsport BMW of John Lyne from third, saw them take first and second just before the first corner. A good start also saw the Class C Fiesta of Lewis Denslow outpace the DLR Motorsport Renault Clio of Thomas Rogers (taking the wing mirror as he passed) and jump to third ahead for the Apple Car Centre Renault Clio. This was short lived however as the Class B Clio held it round the outside of Brundle to retake the Fiesta. Denslow still pushing hard was able to keep the Apple Car Centre Clio honest for the next few laps although ultimately not having the speed of the Class B car down the straights. Rogers made passes on both eighth and seventh place to break free from the pack and hold a clean track, only being passed by the Civic Type R of SW Motorsports up to the pit stop window.
As the dust settled after the stops, the layout for the lead was much the same. The GNB Racing BMW had managed to maintain the lead following a late stop and the Tylah Motorsport BMW was still able to maintain the gap to the Apple Car Centre Clio, albeit under increasing pressure. With Griffith behind the wheel DLR held eighth place and when the flag came out it was Burstow who took the win, overall and in Class B. With the Apple Car Centre Clio able to close the gap to the Tylah Motorsport BMW to just half a second on the line. The lead in class C was tight after the stops. An early stop from Tylah Motorsports Dean Hyde in the BMW had allowed him to jump the previously leading car, the Fiesta of Denslow.
The Class C leading pair traded lap times over the remaining laps before, a late move into Brundle saw Denslow take the class lead. The battle for the Class win was far from over however with Denslow and Hyde battling to the line to finish just two tenths of a second apart. Third in Class C was the DLR Motorsport Clio of Rogers and Griffiths, who finished in clear air after a great race with the Class B cars.
Congratulations again to both drivers (Thomas and John) and the pit crew (Carl and Luke). It was a long weekend and plenty of effort was put into another podium finish for DLR. This now means DLR are now 9th in the overall championship standing and second in class C.
Round 3 is held at Silverstone on the 23/24th of June.
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