Snetterton proved to be another positive weekend for the SW Motorsports drivers, with David Buky, Tim Evans and Andrew Hough all finishing strongly in both races.
Out of the trio, it was Buky who was the fastest during qualifying, with his time of 2:19.84 putting him 18th on the grid, two places ahead of Hough, while Tim Evans’ time of 2:21.42 put him 23rd on the grid.
It was all change as far as the first race went though. An early exit for class A championship contender Mark Anderson, who was the fastest of the class in qualifying, opened up an epic battle between the remaining five drivers in class A, a battle which was won by Tim Evans, who hung on to clinch a popular win, while David Buky and Andrew Hough finished fourth and fifth in class.
Speaking to him at the end of the race, Tim Evans was elated with the race result:
“That was possibly one of the best races I’ve had for a long time. I qualified very poorly and I think I was last in class off the line, but I think it was one of those races where I happened to be in the right place at the right time – I had to have my eyes in the back of my head as well as it was a very close battle but we stuck to it, got our heads down and picked them off one by one.
“It was good for me because when it all settled down I was leading the class and I saw Matty [Bolton] behind, Houghy behind, Buky behind and Chris Coomer as well and they were all battling amongst themselves which was great for me as I started to pull a bit of a gap and tried to maintain that. Houghy had a bit of a go at me at the end of the straight, that was probably the biggest lunge on me from those guys but luckily for me, and unluckily for him, he got a tap from behind and I stayed leading the class to the line which was great! Obviously I’m hoping for the same again in the second race. There was a little bit of confusion at the end of that one as someone come over and said ‘you’ve got pole’ with the top ten being reversed, but I’ve just been told I’m 11th so little bit gutted but we’ll see how we go”.
Sadly for Tim, he was not able to make it two wins out of two, with the class A win going to Chris Coomer. There was better news for both David Buky and Andrew Hough though, with the pair finishing third and fourth in class respectively behind Tim Evans.
Talking to championship leader David Buky at the end of the weekend, he summed up his feelings from the latest rounds at Snetterton and his hopes for the season finale at Donington Park.
“It’s not been a bad weekend, it didn’t go too bad at all. Tim Evans has done really well this weekend and gained some good points towards the championship, and he’s one of the main competitors for the championship! Unfortunately Mark Anderson has had really bad luck this time around getting swiped out of the first race and not being able to start race 2 which has obviously had a big impact on his chance of winning the championship and I’ve managed to finish in front of Andy Hough in both races which I’m pleased with. My aim this weekend was to try and extend my point advantage from Andy as prior to Snetterton he was running second in the championship.
“The first race was really unfortunate because my brakes actually failed going into the hairpin when I was going for second place. I was closing down on the lead so that was a bit disappointing and I felt I had the pace to battle for the win! After the race we found that the brake pads had actually disintegrated and the pad had come off the actual back plate leaving only a quarter of the pad intact! Despite that I got stuck back in and had some great races with the other class A lads and managed a fourth place.
“The second race was again really good, I’d got into second if not first in class by the second corner and then some of the EP3’s had a bit of a coming together in front of me leaving me nowhere to go and I had to go around the outside on the grass which put me back down in fourth position in class. Matty Bolton was close behind and we had some good racing! One minute he was tailing me up the main back straight then next thing I saw him go straight on and missed the corner. I was closing in on Tim Evans and on what I thought was the last lap I got a better exit out the last corner going down the main straight, we were having like a drag like, I’d managed to get past him and they were waving a black and white flag and I thought it was the chequered flag so I momentarily lifted off the accelerator. Tim managed to get back past into turn 1 and that meant Andy was now very close behind. I had to defend from Andy on the last lap and that meant Tim was able to gain a comfortable gap, fortunately I finished third and grabbed the last spot on the podium.
“All in all it was a very good race with all the class A cars! In regards to the next race I really want to go for a win at Donington, that’s the main aim as well as the championship title of course”.
Written by Alan Faulkner
Photo Credit: Aaron Lupton