TQ and Second Place for TC6.1
Olly Jefferies sets TQ at Snetterton National with his Associated TC6.1
Round four of the 2012 BRCA touring car series took drivers to Snetterton in Norfolk, a popular venue that has been missing off the national calendar for a few seasons.
Going into the event Olly Jefferies felt he may have under-prepared for the event having done no pre-event testing at the Norfolk track. That didnít show as in round one of qualifying he finished second and followed that up with a win in round two. The scorching hot weather had the teams constantly looking at tyre wear and once again tyre strategy was playing a major part in a UK touring car national.
In round four of qualifying on Sunday there was major cause for celebration in the CML /Associated gazebo as Alan Bickerstaff scored his first ever TQ at UK national guaranteeing him a place in the A final. Spirits were high going in to the fifth and final round. Olly took the win in the round five and put himself on pole for the A final, in all the Associated TC6.1 was fastest in three out of the five rounds of qualifying.
Behind Olly and Alan the rest of the team were also performing well. Zak Smith qualified in the B final, while Chris Slater, Ben Putt and Kyle Gardner missed the cut for the B and would race in the C final.
In the A final it was victory overall for Elliott Harper but with a third in leg two and a win in leg three Olly would finish on the podium in second place. Alan was ninth which included a fifth in a rain interrupted leg one.
In the B final Zak narrowly missed out on a podium with fourth while Chris Slater was an excellent second in the C final.
Ollyís results means he could still win the BRCA national title but it would take a win at Mendip for that to happen. That is the same scenario for four other drivers so watch out for a real nail-biter when the championship concludes next month.