Snetterton Race Report
Norfolk's Snetterton circuit hosted the opening round of the Elise Trophy Championship and Lotus Cup UK for 2014. Rob Boston Racing was supporting 3 drivers and 3 cars at the meeting, including seasoned competitor and 'Lotus Driver of 2013' Adam Gore, 2013 rookie Jason Baker returning for a second season and novice David Stead, competing in his first ever car race.
On Saturday morning conditions for the 20 minute qualifying were wet but not raining. With conditions improving but always with the threat of rain, all three drivers pushed hard from the outset. Hot out of the blocks and dominant, Gore was never headed on the time-sheet, holding off BTCC podium finisher Jack Goff and GT and Sports car winner Fulvio Mussi.
After holding 2nd position for the middle part of qualifying, Baker was shuffled to 7th in the final minutes, falling unlucky with traffic whilst conditions improved. Stead exceeded all expectations and having never driven in the wet, finished qualifying in 16th out of a 34 car strong field.
Adam Gore mirrored his qualifying performance and with a stellar start from pole position, lead from lights to flag and took the victory by a margin of 8 seconds. Jason Baker improved from his starting position in the early stages of the race, spending much of the race in 5th with the leaders in sight but just out of reach, taking solid points for the first round. David Stead had a baptism of fire starting in the mid pack; he enjoyed a frenetic race, re-taking positions lost in the first lap and finished in a highly commendable 13th position.
Race 2 was a reverse grid with Gore starting in 10th position. After an assertive first lap, he was up into 3rd place and was chasing leaders Goff and Mussi. Not willing to take risks so early in the season, and after taking the fastest lap of the race, Gore settled for 3rd, making him the highest points earner for the weekend.
With his best speed performance to date, Baker held on to the top 3 drivers for the first half of the race until a minor error saw him finish in a lonely but comfortable 4th position. David Stead enjoyed another eventful race and improved on his starting position finishing in 14th and rounding off a successful inaugural Lotus race weekend.