The winner of the 2005 2CV 24 hour race at Snetterton was
Immediately after the awards ceremony there was a hailstorm.
This report was published at 4.30 p.m. May 30th 2005
Matt Hollis' Report
The 2005 2CV 24hr race was once again held at Snetterton, Norfolk’s equivalent of the Las Vegas strip. After last year’s ‘interesting’ race, entries were surprisingly good, with 30 cars starting. For this year, a second class was introduced which meant cars could run without the club cam but were penalised by running unmodified flywheels – Millgate Racing, Hollis Motorsport and Four Lemons and an Orange took advantage of the rule change. Despite some strong competition and the traditional bank holiday rain, it was Tete Rouge who won the race for the first time (driven by Pete Sparrow, Paul Roberston, Colin Whiteley and Simon Turner). Rocket Dog Racing (Pete Cardell-Williams, Mick Storey, Andy Smith and Matt Riley) gave chase but had to settle for 2nd, whilst Ramageddon (Ken Thomson, Michael Higson, Iain Gibbon and Graham Harper) led for much of the race but lost speed in the last few hours, eventually finishing 3rd. The following is a brief account of what happened to all the teams (the editor cannot be held responsible for guessing what happened and making stuff up):
NO. 1 – myatts.co.uk with DEAD END RACING Q: 1ST R: 10TH
2004 winners Phil Myatt and Graham Wallace were joined by Gary Byatt and Alan Gow to defend their crown. Pole position was a good start, but within an hour a valve problem had dropped them to 24th. By midnight they were back up to 8th but more problems in the early hours meant they came home 10th.
NO. 2 – TEAM GADGET RACING Q: 3RD R: 11TH
Wayne Cowling, Ainslie Bousfield, Gary Adnitt and David O’Keeffe started as one of the favourites, and duly lead from 8pm until 11pm, when the camshaft weights came loose. Diagnosis in the pits took an hour and a half, dropping the car to 21st. One of the quickest cars in the race, the team just missed out on a top-10 finish.
NO. 3 – HOOTERS Q: 30TH R: 30TH
Last year’s winners of the ‘Spirit of the Meeting’ returned with stiffer springs and a new paint job. Terry Clark, Steve Hindle, Mark Harris and Cam McClory clearly enjoyed themselves, but a collapsed chassis resulted in last place, 357 laps behind.
NO. 4 – TEAM TWIN SNAILS TOO Q: 26TH R: 23RD
A professionally run team, with original line-up of Mark Heywood, Peter Rigg, James Ritblat and Peter James changed when Zoe Cardell was drafted in as a late replacement. No brakes and losing oil from their engine early on, the team hung around 24th for most of the race before snatching 23rd in the last hour.
NO. 5 – HOLLIS MOTORSPORT Q: 24TH R: 9TH
For once Hollis Motorsport had a decent 24hr result, opting for reliability over outright speed. Matt Hollis, Richard Hollis and Nigel Hollis only encountered exhaust manifold problems and a car way off the pace in the wet to claim 9th overall and win the Economy class.
NO. 7 – LE POULET ROUGE Q: 15TH R: 26TH
Trevor Williams hired his car out to Martin Amison, Michaele Apostolides and Keith Britnell. The team suffered engine problems during the dark hours, losing them a lot of time, but carried despite an apparent lack of power.
NO. 8 – ROCKET DOG RACING Q: 7TH R: 2ND
Pete Cardell-Williams, Mick Storey, Andy Smith and Matt Riley just missed out on the win by one lap. A near-faultless run resulted in a well-deserved trophy.
NO. 10 – CLOCKWORK ORANGE WITH TETE ROUGE Q: 14TH R: 5TH
A truly international team of Maurice O’Reilly, Steve Pfeifer, Bruce Trenery and car-owner Christian Callander finished an excellent 5th after always running in the top 10. An impressive display.
NO. 11 – MILLGATE RACING WITH AVO SHOCKERS Q: 22ND R: 21ST
Steve Panas, Glen Jacques, Rachael Calvert and Shaun McLaughlin entered the Economy class and led the category for the first half of the race, climbing as high as 9th overall. Serious engine trouble around half-distance destroyed any hopes of a top 10 finish.
NO. 16 – IMBROGLIO RACING Q: 8TH R: 24TH
Good speed in qualifying did not result in a strong finish for Stuart Dean, Howard Maquire and Kevin Raymond. A failed track rod early on dropped them to near-last, before fighting back to 13th. More problems in the early evening dropped them to near-last again. Deserved better.
NO. 20 – TEAM TWIN SNAILS Q: 19TH R: 17TH
Aubrey Brocklebank was joined by Philip House, Julian Griffin and Andre Severs. Started from the pitlane but ran as high as 6th. Another team to lose a lot of time overnight, the team did well to claw back to 17th.
NO. 26 – RED NOSE SCOTLAND/CANCER RESEARCH Q: 29TH R: 14TH
Derek Coghill, Bill Murray, Claudia Baines and Mark Owen showed that reliability is more important than speed in a 24hr race, climbing as high as 12th before eventually coming home 14th.
NO. 30 – RAMAGEDDON Q: 4TH R: 3RD
The amalgamation of the Scottish Rambo and Armageddon teams produced a genuine potential race-winner, driven by Ken Thomson, Michael Higson, Iain Gibbon and Graham Harper. Led from 1am until 8am and stayed in the hunt until the last few hours. 3rd place was a fitting reward.
NO. 34 – TEAM YELLOW PERIL Q: 12TH R: 4TH
Chris Yates, Neil Savage and Neil Thompson were on the pace all weekend, and coupled with good reliability were always in the top 10. Reached 4th place at 5am and stayed there until the finish.
NO. 42 – TURQUOISE TORTOISE Q: 5TH R: 13TH
A massive improvement in night qualifying put Roger Lott, Jody Lott, Kim Lott and Mark Evans 5th on the grid. Up with the leaders for the first few hours, the team had dropped back into the midfield by the morning. Eventually finished an unlucky 13th.
NO. 46 – BELLA’S BOYS Q: 18TH R: 8TH
Run in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the novice team of Andy Kinch, Adrian Sparrow, Andy Hicks and Dave Walker showed impressive pace, staying around the top 10 for most of the race. Dave Walker just held off Hollis Motorsport in the last hour to claim 8th, and with it the trophy for best rookie team.
NO. 54 – TEAM SPIRIT Q: 13TH R: 28TH
Roderick Stead, Graham Hill, Andy Huxtable and Mike Cowen qualified well, but problems early on dropped them well back. Were fighting back but more trouble in the morning resulted in 28th place.
NO. 58 – MARDI GRAS Q: 10TH R: 7TH
Alec Graham, ex-BTCC racer Phil Bennett, Kevin Williams and SCSA (formerly ASCAR) driver Michael Vergers provided of the more famous driver line-ups. Certainly had the speed (ran as high as 3rd) but crashing the kerbs eventually damaged the exhaust and cost them time towards the end.
NO. 59 – GATE-A-MATION Q: 17TH R: 27TH
Andrew Pirt, David Teale, Alan Smith and Greg Wheeler did well to climb to 6th after the first hour, but from then on dropped back with engine trouble. Second-to-last for much of the race, the team struggled on to claim 27th.
NO. 60 – FOUR LEMONS AND AN ORANGE Q: 27TH R: 20TH
Competing in the Economy class, the team of Graham Goode, Tim Matthews, Gordon Riseley and Martin Redmond did well to climb up to 13th before dropping back overnight. Settled at 20th around 10am and stayed there to the finish to claim 2nd in class.
NO. 63 – TETE ROUGE RACING Q: 2ND R: 1ST
Always near the front, Paul Robertson, Pete Sparrow, Simon Turner and Colin Whiteley didn’t actually gain a ‘comfortable’ lead until 9am, 17 hours into the race. No real problems apart from a loose exhaust and detachable steering wheel, and fastest lap (a new lap record) to boot. A very well-deserved victory for all involved.
NO. 67 – LUCKY JON RACING Q: 11TH R: 18TH
After a poor first hour, dropping to 26th, Julian Winn, Jonathan Twidale, Bill Rawles and Luke McSweeney fought their way back up to 7th. Looked good for a top 10 finish until they suffered the same problem as Team Gadget, dropping back to 18th.
NO. 69 – MRB RACING Q: 6TH R: 12TH
A podium finish was on the cards for Paul Taylor, Tim Dodgson and Simon Pearson until the car rolled at the first corner in the early morning. Amazingly only lost 30 laps, and was still quick after repairs. Deserved more than 12th.
NO. 70 – RACEHIRE.COM Q: 21ST R: 6TH
After a fire in qualifying, things weren’t looking good for Glen Burtenshaw, Robin Webb, Peter Ritchie and Myles Packman. But despite predicting they would be lucky to finish the race, the car held together well, proving to be extremely quick in the wet. Stole 6th place from Mardi Gras in the last hour – an excellent result.
NO. 76 – TEAM I-SENTRAL Q: 23RD R: 15TH
Ben Allan, Jamie Lister, Andrew Jenkins and Mike Gartside showed real promise, climbing as high as 8th by the morning. Lost control in the wet at the Esses and smashed into Team Gadget, costing a lot of time. 15th place was still an impressive finish for rookie team.
NO. 77 – TWO SMOKING BARRELS RACING Q: 16TH R: 19TH
Jon Davis was joined by Francis Rottenburg and Said Baloui. A bit of panel bashing early on dropped them down the order, and the team never got out of the midfield after a multitude of problems.
NO. 88 – X-L RACING Q: 9TH R: 25TH
The Irish team of Mike Hynes, John Maybury, Derek Harnett and Hans O’Sullivan had good speed but were involved in a four-car shunt around 11pm and never recovered. Lost a lot of laps in the last few hours to crawl across the line in 25th.
NO. 90 – TEAM STINGRAY Q: 20TH R: 22ND
Another rookie team, Simon Leith, Jeremy Brett, Oliver Hall and Stuart Williams suffered from a broken track road early on, dumping them in the middle of the track at the final chicane. Involved in the collision with X-L Racing, but still managed to continue, despite seriously bent body. Recovered to 23rd by 6am then stayed there until ironically passing X-L Racing in the last hour.
NO. 97 – TEAM FINE PRINT WITH SPEED CHILLS Q: 28TH R: 16TH
Martin Harrold, Spencer Trenery, Ed Straw (Autosport editor) and Jeremy Clark got up to 15th as early as 10pm, but then struggled to progress as problems set in. Had the speed to do better.
NO. 99 – B.R.M.s Q: 25TH R: 29TH
Keith Shoebridge, Ian Guest, Bob Rice and Ben Leslie lost time early on with a collision but were still in touch with the midfield at half-distance. Lost time overnight but determinedly carried on to the finish. Deservedly won the ‘Spirit of the Meeting’ trophy for their efforts.
The chances are this report in no way represents the efforts or achievements of all the teams, so to all those people not mentioned, a very big well done!
reporter: Matt Hollis
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