Litchfield GT-R Sprint Series Round 2 – Snetterton
4th May 2016
For the second time in as many events, driving his Nissan GT-R R35, Nick Goss claimed victory in Class N1 and in doing so, also recorded the fastest time of the day in round two of this year’s Litchfield GT-R Sprint Series at Snetterton on Sunday (1st May). Class N2 saw a different winner to that of round one in the shape of Sam Elliott and his R32, who fought off a challenge from previous N2 winner Stuart Gold in an R35.
Whilst the fastest driver of the day may have stayed constant to that of the season opener at Pembrey four weeks earlier, the weather conditions thankfully did not and in contrast to those of South Wales, the Norfolk skies remained rain-cloud free. This provided competitors with perfect conditions for a day of flat-out motorsport around Snetterton’s 100 circuit configuration.
In keeping with the 2016 format for each of the season’s six rounds, three practice runs took place in the morning, where Elliott set the early pace ahead of Goss on an overall basis. But when the first of the day’s eight competitive runs got the green light, Goss was again the quickest of all the GT-Rs and had established himself as the Class N1 (the category for cars with standard turbos) leader.
In Class N2 (for cars with modified turbos), it was Simon Cooksey that went quickest in the first of the competitive runs with a time of 45-seconds dead. In fact, it was the R35 drivers’ quickest run of the day, having been pushed into second place by Elliot on run two and third place on run five by Gold.
Gold’s fifth run of 44.26 was also his fastest of the day and it would have been good enough to take the Class N2 win had Elliott not also posted his quickest time of 44.08 – just 0.18-seconds faster than that of Gold’s – on the same run. With no better times set during the remaining three outings, the Class N2 podium positions remained unchanged, with Elliott first, Gold second and Cooksey third.
Meanwhile in Class N1, even though John Miskin went faster than Goss in run two and was regularly within a second of the eventual winner’s times, Goss’ 43.55 on the penultimate run of the day was enough to secure the class victory and claim FTD in the process. Third N1 driver on this occasion was Matthew Keen in his R35.
Following the event, MLRSS organisers went on record to thank the Snetterton staff, marshals, recovery crews and medical teams, for their valuable support and for helping ensure the event ran so smoothly.
The third event in 2016 Litchfield GT-R Sprint Series’ six-round season takes place at Castle Combe in Wiltshire on 11th June.
Increasing the series’ profile this year is the addition of live commentary and video filming at every round that will be broadcast throughout the season on social media.
The 2016 Litchfield GT-R Sprint Series is sponsored by: Litchfield, Bilstein and Turbo Dynamics.
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