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Club MSV Trackday Trophy attracts bumper grid for second round

Monday, June 28 2010

After attracting more than 20 entries for its inaugural event at Brands Hatch in March, the Club MSV Trackday Trophy featured an even bigger field of 26 cars when it returned for its second event of the season at Snetterton last Sunday (27 June).

Nine new teams joined the series for round two, including Fifth Gear presenter Jonny Smith in a Porsche 944 S2 and 18-year-old Michael Buxton, who only passed his driving test in November 2009, in a Citroen Saxo.

The fast, flat Norfolk circuit provided new challenges for competitors in the novice racing series compared to Brands Hatch, both in terms of the track layout and the racing conditions - Snetterton featured gloriously warm weather in comparison to the heavy rainfall that competitors experienced at the opening event.

Second round honours went to the pole-sitting Porsche 944 of father and son team Tom and Jamie McHugh, who enjoyed a late battle with Brands Hatch winner Jim Cameron in his BMW M3. The McHughs looked set for a lights-to-flag victory until lap 25 when Cameron - who was joined at Snetterton by new team-mate Nick Oak - snatched the lead. However, Jamie McHugh, the younger member of the team, came back at Cameron on the final lap to snatch the win from his BMW rival.

Another father and son team, Gary and Ben Littlewood, clinched third place despite losing position on the opening lap when a fast starting Tom Barley overtook them in his Peugeot 205. However, the Littlewoods reclaimed their position on lap 10 of the race giving them third overall and victory in Class C.

Fifth Gear's Johnny Smith secured fourth place and a Class B podium on his racing debut, whilst Hardie and his team-mate Gary Paterson clinched Class A victory in overall fifth position. Another media racing newcomer, CAR magazine's Ben Barry, won Class D after crossing the line in sixth place.

Alex Baker, Club MSV Manager, said: "We're thrilled with the development of the Trackday Trophy this season - we were impressed by the size of the grid for the opening round at Brands Hatch, but to attract an even bigger field for Snetterton is fantastic, especially with so many new teams joining us. We saw some great performances last Sunday and we're now looking forward to making our first trip to a non-MSV circuit at Mallory Park in August."

The next round of the Club MSV Trackday Trophy will take place at Mallory Park on Sunday 1 August. Entries are now open and cost £299 including VAT.

Club MSV Trackday Trophy, Snetterton race result:
1. McHugh/McHugh (Porsche 933 S), 30 laps
2. Cameron/Oak (BMW M3), +8.874s
3. Littlewood/Littlewood (Renault Clio Cup 172), +27.506s
4. Johnny Smith (Porsche 944S2), +1m05.695s
5. Hardie/Paterson (Ginetta G20), +1m22.159s
6. Ben Barry (BMW M3), +1 lap
7. Andrew Jebson (Peugeot 306 Rallye), +1 lap
8. Abercrimbie/Wheatley (Renault Clio 182), +1 lap
9. Smee/Schofield (VW Gold Mk2), +1 lap
10. Richards/Read (Vauxhall Nova 1.6), +1 lap

For more information on entering the Club MSV Trackday Trophy call 0870 850 5014 or click on the link below.