02/07/2013

Sorrymate.com Race Team Report: Snetterton 28th-30th June

Just 3 weeks after the hard fought Donington round the Sorrymate.com team of Colin Norris and Warren Verwey were on their way to the re-scheduled Snetterton round

The normal preparatory track day had to be called off, Colin became a Grandad for the first time early on the same morning and simply could not make it.

“No worries we always have the Friday test day before racing to get dialled in to the circuit and track conditions” said the ever enthusiastic new Grandad. Sadly this was not to be. Yet again the Snetterton weather was determined to have a say in proceedings. 3 sessions in the morning were damp, just drizzle, not nearly wet enough for wets, uncomfortable on slicks. Then at lunch it rained, properly, and after a couple of sessions there was standing water all over the circuit. The boys called it a day, took the bikes through scruitineering and sorted the garage ready for race day

Saturday morning broke, the circuit was dry and the forecast fine. Fergus, Phil and Ben arrived to form the pit crew and all was looking good for the day.

First out was Colin for the Moto Solo qualifying. With so little quality time on the bike the pace was not high but he qualified 7th with every chance of a good start from the 2nd row.

Soon afterwards was the all important Endurance qualifying session. Warren was first to leave the garage, a little late after mis-understanding the P.A calling but this worked to his advantage having a clear track at the back of the main field. Warren put in some good laps then pitted. Fergus and his team quickly had Colin on circuit. Feeling confident after his earlier session he posted a good lap qualifying the team 3rd in class, 10th overall.

Colin’s Moto Solo races were fairly uneventful with a 6th and 8th places but his consistency and pace were improving all the time, especially on the brakes as his feel for the new EBC “HH” pads improved

Time for the main Endurance race. It’s Colin to start with Warren holding the bike for the traditional “Le Mans” start. Everyone gets away cleanly and the pace at the front is frantic. Phil Seton (Power Projects)riding Graham Gowland’s BSB supersport bike is leading the 600 National class, followed by William White (Triumphs over adversity) Mark Smith Halvorsen (Macca and Edge) and Colin, all separated by less than 2 seconds. On lap 12 William White succumbed to the pace falling at the tight 180 degree Montreal hairpin, leaving the other 3 leading runners to battle it out to the first pitstop.

A great changover from Fergus and his team and Warren is soon out and closing down on Richie Cunningham (Power Projects). After an hour of racing we are in second place and steadily gaining on leaders Macca and Edge with old adversaries Peter and Marc Dilks (Pitstop) up to third place

Another great changeover and there is nothing between the Sorrymate .com team and Macca and Edge. After one and a half hours racing there is only 7 tenths or a second between Macca’s Triumph 675 and Colin’s R6 with Pitstop and Power Projects battling for 3rd only a few seconds behind.

Then disaster, Colin gets tangled with a slower rider at Palmers, a fast left hander in the new infield section. Both riders fall, fortunately without injury, Colin picks up his bike and to his great joy it starts up. He returns to the pits with the all important transponder. Warren is soon out but is held at the pit exit as the safety car has been deployed while the marshals clear the circuit of crash debris.

Warren circulates behind the Safety car for a few laps then it’s back to full pace and after 2 hours the Sorrymate team are in 3rd behind Power Projects and Pitstop.

More drama as Warren pushes on Phil Seton falls from the immaculate R6 also at Palmers. The bike is wrecked but he bravely runs back to the garage with the transponder allowing Richie Cunningham to continue.

With only 30 minutes to go Colin is back out on the fully repaired R6 (nice work guys), Pitstop have pulled out a commanding lead and with yet another dramatic twist Nick Edgeley (Macca and Edge) has limped back to the garage with a blown engine on his Triumph 675 leaving Les Liney (still injured from a fall at Anglesey) and Richard Whittey (Van Hire Racing) in a good 3rd place.

So it ended, a fantastic race with endless twists and turns.

Another Podium for Warren and Colin, 4 out of 4 races and a championship lead of 29 points going into the next round in 2 week’s time at the technical Cadwell Park circuit in Lincolnshire.

Join us there for what is sure to be a fantastic day’s racing. 

Click here for pictures from the race. 

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