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Snetterton Curse Strikes Again For Tom Sharp
Posted by: newsla on Jun 23, 2014 - 04:48 PM
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Snetterton Curse Strikes Again For Tom Sharp


It was a case of deja-vu for Tom Sharp in the latest rounds of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Snetterton, with luck deserting him at the Norfolk venue for the second year running.

 

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Twelve months ago around the Snetterton 300 circuit, a positive run from twentieth to tenth in race two was ended when a broken hub axle led to a 120 mph accident at the fearsome Coram corner.

Fast forward to this year’s visit and once again in the second of the weekend’s two hour-long encounters, a mechanical failure resulted in his IDL Racing with CWS Ginetta G55 GT3 ending the race in the Coram barriers at high-speed.

It was a frustrating end to a race which showed some promise for the 22 year old, as he moved up five places into the top ten on the opening lap before a red flag was shown. The race-ending incident happened on the first racing lap after the restart.

With regular partner Colin White away racing in Germany, Sharp was joined by a new team-mate in Ian Stinton for the weekend. Their partnership started positively as they finished free practice two in the top ten, within a second of the fastest time.

They aimed to replicate that performance in qualifying, but after Stinton qualified the car seventeenth for race one, Sharp was caught out by a red flag stoppage and traffic in the second session, taking fourteenth on the grid for the second race.

In the opening race, Stinton started in car and ran twentieth after losing some ground early on. A place was gained in the pitstops, but after the team were awarded a stop/go penalty for a pitstop infringement, Sharp was unable to make up much ground in the latter stages and brought the car home seventeenth.

Tom Sharp: “Qualifying was a bit unfortunate as I hit traffic which cost me dearly. We had pace to have been top five but it wasn't to be. My new team-mate for the weekend did a really solid job, but given we were out of position there wasn't much we could do in race one.

“Race two started much better, making up a number of positions on the opening lap before the red flag. After the restart we were in the pack battling for position when an axle failure caused the car to crash at Coram, somewhat reminiscent of our accident from last year.”

Next up for Sharp is a debut appearance in the European VdeV Endurance Championship at Dijon in France this weekend with the works Ginetta Team LNT squad. He’ll then return to British GT duty at the iconic Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on July 12-13.


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