Snetterton 27th/28th June (Rounds 5 and 6 of Honda VTEC Challenge) For rounds 5 & 6 of the 2015 Honda VTEC Challenge, everyone loaded up and headed to Norfolk and the well known circuit of Snetterton. Continually increasing in numbers this season, it was great to welcome Pete Dunmore at his local circuit as well as Ryan Focht, Tony Markham, Chris Adams and James Tracey who where all taking part in their first ever VTEC Challenge event. With gear linkage issues holding back the much anticipated debut of Marc Kemps ex BTCC Civic, it was Rob Burkinshaw who took pole ahead of Mark Bennett in the S2000 and Chris Adams in another DC5. Daz Smee's DC2 Running our 6TWO1 Coilover kit in the Vtec Challenge On the inside for turn 1, Burkinshaw had the line, but it was Bennett who took the lead initially before having to concede as the pair turned in. Hard on Rob’s rear bumper was Stu King in the DC2, accompanied closely by Adams and the Accord of Phil Wright. Starting from the back of the grid, Watkins in his ”Tuner” class EP3 got a good start and made up 3 places by turn, however a mistake a couple of laps later saw the Lincolnshire based driver retire following a trip into the farmers field. Rob Burkinshaw held an early lead until a hard charging Marc Kemp in the Civic came through from behind. Contact between the pair as they fought for the lead saw the retirement of Burkinshaw with the front splitter becoming detached as a result. Daz Smee's DC2 Running our 6TWO1 Coilover kit in the Vtec Challenge The “Production” class battle ensued with King driving the wheels off of his DC2 to remain ahead of Wright. Two very different cars, playing to their strengths at different points around the circuit with barely a gap between them throughout the whole race. The trio of EP3’s belonging to Markham, Webb and Dunmore had a great race long battle, with the Leicestershire builder (Markham) leading the charge over the line. A great battle unfolded between Ryan Focht and James Tracey in the Integra’s. Racing for the first time, both put on a show that many an old hand would be envious of. With tricky conditions for race 2, getting away cleanly proved problematic for some and Bennett took an early lead as Kemp’s Civic struggled for traction. The greasy track continued to claim scalps as Martyn Kemp dropped down the field following an off track excursion. Rejoining, Kemp snr was able to rejoin and ended the race in 5th place having driven back up though the field. Having a storming drive from the back of the grid, Burkinshaw carved his way through the pack and within a handful of laps was into 2nd place and charging hard after race leader Kemp. Luke Biel found his Civic revelled in race two, putting in some great lap times as well as taking 3rd in class. It was another great race for the first and second placed “Production” class drivers from race 1, with King and Wright again battling hard for class honours. This time around it was a reversal of the previous day’s event with a 2nd in class for King and 1st in class for Wright. In another reversal of fortune, Tracey and Focht picked up where race 1 ended, with both drivers involved in a race long battle, however it was Tracey who held on to take 3rd place in class. Daz Smee's DC2 Running our 6TWO1 Coilover kit in the Vtec Challenge Having started from the pit lane, Webb pulled out a storming performance and made up a number of positions. Local racer Pete Dunmore also showed improved pace in the wet and finished in an improved position from race 1. Thanks go out to BRSCC, and series sponsors Toyo Tires, Competition Clutch, Ultra Racing, Eurospec, HOT, 6TWO1,and MOTORV8 MEDIA for their support. The Honda VTEC Challenge heads to Castle Combe on the 18th/19th July. - The Honda Race Series for 2015