Mangoes on a MINI Adventure

Goes makes it 2 in 2 at Snetterton 200's Mini Festival

  • Mangoes on a MINI Adventure


Goes makes it 2 in 2 at Snetterton 200's Mini Festival

Qualifying was anything but uniform on the difficult Snetterton 200 circuit. The mix of long straights with hairpins and chicanes leading onto them proved to narrow the gap between the Classes as some cars struggled to put down their power and others managed well. Indeed it was the Class A car of Clark Racing who jumped to overall pole with just 3 minutes left on the clock.

With the chequered flag out showing the end of session; it was Mangoes Racings Darren Goes who, still out on a hot lap, managed to capture pole by three tenths of a second! This lasted less than a minute however as the AutoRevive London BMW snatched pole away by just 9 hundredths to sit at the top of the table for the first time.

Further down the field, it was Colin Tester in the Supatune MR2 taking Class B pole, one tenth ahead of Class rival GNB Racing's Gary Burstow. With the sister Supatune car taking the Class D pole, beating the three Class D Fiestas to the top spot.

There was drama on the Green Flag lap as the Clark Racing Porsche stalled on the line taking a moment to move off. With all cars managing to regain their positions prior to the back straight but the Porsche made its way into the Pit Lane, where it started the race with an apparent technical issue.

When the lights went out it was the Autorevive London BMW leading the pack, followed by Mangoes Racing’s Darren Goes. The OMG BMW of Steve Gales also taking full advantage of his RWD and the apparent advantage left by the space on the second row of the grid by the absent Clark Racing Porsche.

Also able to take advantage of the extra space at the front was the Class B Supatune MR2 of Colin Tester, up four places by the first corner. GNB Racing’s Gary Burstow followed the class rival MR2 through the first few corners also making up to four spaces from the grid.

Further down the grid a great start for the Simply Cars Fiesta saw them jump the Wings/Ret car of Roger Everett and the Supatune Puma of Jason Francis, Francis later retiring with a puncture. 

Contact between the Mangoes Racing Seat and the OMG BMW at Wilson, dropped the pair down the field allowing the chasing Fiesta of Kester Cook to take advantage and jump into second. Gifting the AutoRevive London BMW a big lead as the pack headed onto the back straight.

A phantom “Safety Car” board at the back of the circuit caused the pack to close up as the confusion slowed the pack. As the racing resumed it was Goes in the Seat who took the advantage and passed Cook in the Fiesta into turn one.

A fierce battle ensued between the Leading BMW of Gardner and Mills and the Seat of Goes, with Goes finally finding a way past on the third lap. Not to be out done, Cook in the Big Skidz Racing Fiesta launched his own attack, and managed to find a way past the BMW with a well timed pass into Brundle. This was not the end however and the pair continued to trade places until the pit stop window, with Cook pitting early in the hope of rejoining in clear air.

GNB Racing’s Burstow, managed to keep the Supatune Motorsport MR2 honest through the first part of the race, respectively losing and then gaining through their battles with the surrounding Class A cars.  This battle was ahead of the main Class B group of Tylah Motorsport’s Golf and BMW, headed by the Team Air Supply Porsche 944.

In Class C the Tylah Motorsport Fiestas class lead was coming to an end as the Fiesta of team Norfolk chasing hard closed the gap. The battling continued until the Team Norfolk Fiesta managed to find a way past on lap four, pulling away from the Tylah Motorsports car as it battled to stay in front of the LWD Racing Clio.  The HoojSlide Gold of pairing Gerrard and Lock not much further down the road

The Class D battle was close, with the Moores Motors Fiesta pitting early to get the jump on their rivals. The two rival Class D Fiestas reacting and pitting together on the next lap.

After the pit stop window it was Goes in front who appeared to be managing the gap. A late charge by Cook in the Fiesta spurred on by a charging Autorevive London BMW closed the gap to the leader but it was Goes who crossed the line first to take a second win of the season.

The Tylah Class B cars battling amongst themselves allowed the Air Supply Porsche to gap them slightly into the pit stop window. This proved to be pivotal as the Porsche reappeared on circuit following the pit stops in a strong second position following the retirement of GNB Racing’s BMW with an engine fault. The Supatune MR2 in the end managing a lights to flag victory in class.

The Class C battle was on, as the PSR car found itself on the same part of the circuit as team Norfolk! In a flurry of attacking and defensive driving that lasted until the flag. With ten laps to go it was the PSR Clio who took advantage of an unsighted team Norfolk Fiesta on the entry to Murrys as the pair let the charging Class A Porsche of Clark Racing through. Team Norfolk was still casing hard, but the PSR car of Wood and Danzey managed to hold on till the end to take the class victory.

Following the pit stops the Class D victory was there for the taking. Wings/Ret’s Everett pushing hard against the Simply cars Fiesta fought till the end trading lap times through the second phase off the race, but it was Cooper who managed to negotiate the traffic, to gap Everett, a gap he maintained until the end.

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