Race Day Report: Damage Limitation at Snetterton

by | May 25, 2023 | BTCC | 0 comments

Bobby had to demonstrate his resilience and determination during Rounds 7, 8 & 9 of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) at Snetterton. Despite encountering significant challenges, Bobby showcased his determination throughout race day, to battle into the points on what was a difficult weekend for him and the team.

Following an engine change and missing a practice session, Bobby faced an uphill battle as he approached qualifying. However, he exhibited true commitment by securing a commendable qualifying position of 18th.

Race 1 witnessed Bobby’s fierce determination on the track. Despite grappling with straight-line speed issues and using the slower hard tyre, he adeptly manoeuvred through the pack, displaying impressive overtaking skills. Bobby’s perseverance paid off as he crossed the finish line in a respectable P16, narrowly missing out on a championship point.

The subsequent race, Race 2, posed further obstacles for Bobby as he grappled with the medium tyre. Despite pushing the car to its limit, Bobby was shuffled back in the pack as he dealt with challenges in overtaking usually, slower competitors due to a balance issue with his Cupra Leon. Nonetheless, Bobby persevered, battling tenaciously to finish in 20th.

Undeterred by the setbacks, Bobby entered Race 3 with renewed determination. Equipped with the softer, fastest tyre compound, he capitalised on the opportunity to showcase his true potential. Displaying exceptional car control, Bobby skilfully worked his way through the field, overtaking several competitors to cross the finish line in 13th, concluding race day on a positive note with some valuable points for both himself and the team. Bobby remains in the top 10 in the driver’s championship despite a difficult weekend.

A battling display from Bobby who suffered from balance issues all weekend. Photograph: Mike Hills

Bobby Commented:” A frustrating weekend despite the team working super hard to get us into the best shape possible. The engine change on Saturday really put us on the back foot as we were effectively a session behind everyone else after missing FP2.

“We tried to fight our way through but we had a balance issue which we have already sorted for Thruxton. We made great tyre choices on race day which helped us mask our problem somewhat which was good.

“After the issues we had, to come away with some points and remain in the top 10 in the championship is a real result. To complete the damage limitation, we are still leading the team’s independents championship which is a great result!”