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Quaife Cannons TinTops race report,
Snetterton, 2nd October 2016

By Adam Grant
Photos: Rafal Biniszewski

TinTops Like the QMN saloons, the Quaife/Cannons Tin Tops were having there only venture away from Brands Hatch this year. Racing on the Sunday was supposed to give them better weather according to the forecast, but it was not to be. The day dawned with a steady shower, so that the track was very wet as the Tin Tops were first out. All except Graham Richardson who had unfortunately forgotten to bring his crash helmet and HANS device. Luckily Rod Birley lent him his (as the Bevan Honda was a non-starter) so Graham did get out a bit later. Meanwhile an inspired Dan Fisher headed the times, until Chris Bassett suddenly found two seconds to go on pole position. Peter Osborne was back with his potent Vauxhall Astra VXR and he secured third spot, with T3 pace setter Mikey Day fourth in his little Saxo. Cliff Pellin was on form in his class TP leading Fiesta in fifth, followed by Matt Ellis. Next up was Trevor Collar, followed by Danny Brooker, Steve Everson, Ben Forbes and Ken Angell. Another returnee was Len Colley who steered his BMW to 12th quickest, with Ryan Brimstead, Chris Bicknell and Gideon September completing the line up along with Richardson.

TinTops The first race saw the track still wet, although the rain had virtually stopped. Fisher got a good start and powered past Bassett on the Bentley Straight. Under the bridge into Nelson it all went a bit wrong as the Honda spun down the escape road. This allowed Bassett to sneak through, as Fisher only went and did the same thing on the next lap! The result was that Dan was now back in third, as Osborne had got through into second. Day was doing his giant slaying bit in fourth, although Pellin was keeping him honest. On lap five Forbes had a spin at Nelson and very unfortunately collected Ellis, which resulted in the white Saxo having a fair bit of damage. Forbes now found himself stuck on the inside of the Bomb Hole which resulted in a safety car period. The ever efficient marshals soon moved the stricken black Saxo and a one lap dash was all that remained. The first five kept their positions, whilst Everson (6th) and Angell (7th) nipped past Ellis who dropped to 8th. Richardson got past both Collar and Colley to take 9th, with Brimstead coming home 12th. September and Bicknell completed the finishers after Brooker had a grassy moment coming out of Riches.

TinTops Race two was on a dry track, and Osborne pushed Bassett hard for the first two laps, before powering past on Bentley Straight. Fisher followed him through on lap five as the Peugeot was struggling to keep up. On lap seven Bassett had a quick spin at Nelson’s, but it cost him nearly ten seconds. As Osborne lowered his lap times he steadily eased away from Fisher, to take his very first outright win. Fisher was delighted with second and the class T2 win with Bassett back in third. Fourth place saw a tremendous battle as Angell and Day kept swapping the position on each lap. Ken was quicker down the straights, but Day was mighty through the corners. Gradually they were caught by Everson, who was desperate to join in. Then on the last two laps the battling Hondas of Collar and Richardson came to the party. As all eyes looked towards Coram, Angell appeared first with Richardson and Collar right in his wheel tracks. The Saxos had lost out to the more powerful cars, but were right in the mix as Day took 7th and Everson 8th. Colley was good for 9th, with Brooker gaining experience and coming through to tenth. This earnt him the driver of the day award. Pellin was a bit subdued in 11th as he won the TP class. Ellis, Brimstead, Bicknell and September rounded out the field. Poor Forbes continued his bad luck with another retirement.

Again the adding machines were busy and provisionally it looks like Mikey Day has done enough to take the championship. Team mate Everson is currently second, whilst the absent Whiteman is now third, but still leading T2. Fisher could mathematically catch the former banger racer. T1 sees Angell almost there from Osborne, whilst TP has September just four points in front of Pellin. This means there is plenty still to race for on November 5th at Brands Hatch.

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