ANOTHER HATTRICK FOR WOOD IN SNETTERTON
SUNSHINEFor the second successive meeting Clive Wood
reigned supreme, as he took his Mallock Mk23 to a winning
treble at a blisteringly hot Snetterton.
Wood qualified on pole for the opening race of the weekend,
1.419 secs up on Monika Arvidsson’s Mk29 Mallock. But
there was one casualty when Adrian Lester crashed his Mk35
in qualifying and was out for the weekend.
It was a dramatic start to the race when Arvidsson broke a
driveshaft at the start, but fortunately everyone avoided
Wood stormed away into the lead, with Alan Cook and Steve
Dickens heading the chase, from Peter Richings and Ian
Crombie. With the Lester car missing, Morris Hart made a
great start and took the class lead but was quickly under
pressure from Michelle Hayward for sixth, before they
exchanged at Agostini’s, as Barry Webb looked on.
“I just wish I could stay with her for more than a
lap,” said Hart.
As Wood added to his lead, Dickens briefly closed on Cook,
while having been clear fourth, Richings started to come
under pressure from Crombie by the end of lap six.
“Once I was clear in the class I set a comfortable
pace, but still pushed on to try and catch Peter and
Ian,” said Hayward. Cook had started to edge closer
to Wood too as the chequered flag was readied, but the
leader was lucky that there wasn’t another lap.
“It made a horrible noise coming through Coram, then
my left leg felt hot, so I switched off as soon as I took
the flag,” said Wood after finishing with a blown
“I had been lucky at the start as I lined up to avoid
Monika in case she had a problem. Steve got close to me for
a while in the race too, he got a better run with
backmarkers,” added second placed Cook. “I
would agree with that, but I had to back off near the end
too, when the water temperature went up,” said
Dickens after retaining third.
Crombie had just managed to oust Richings from fourth, when
he hit trouble. “It got stuck in third gear,”
So Richings retained fourth and class winner Hayward came
through in fifth, followed by class rivals Hart and Webb,
while Crombie finally finished in eighth, as Rod Player and
Chris Burnham completed the top 10.
Wood had to dash back to Southampton overnight for a new
engine, but was still able to take up pole for Sunday
From the start it was a five car break, with Wood heading
Dickens, Richings, Crombie and Cook, with Hayward in sixth,
as class rivals Webb and Hart ran nose to tail behind.
Having started from the back, Arvidsson was soon making
progress taking seventh on lap two and rapidly closing on
the cars ahead.
Cook had lost out at the start. “I struggled with
second gear, missed it and then had to get my head down and
work,” he said. He demoted Crombie on lap three and a
lap later Richings was in his sights too, as Arvidsson
continued to close after passing Hayward.
Suddenly it was a four car train for second, as Dickens
pulled off. “I think it’s the flywheel,”
Although Arvidsson managed to take third from Richings, she
couldn’t catch Cook, who once again sealed a solid
second behind the dominant Wood. “It was fun coming
through the field, but I had to work hard. Very happy with
the result though,” said Arvidsson. Richings came in
fourth again, “I had a very good first half of the
race, but just seemed to slide about a bit in the
second,” he explained.
Crombie had been poised to challenge Richings again, but
his plan didn’t come to fruition. “I was
determined to be on Peter’s tail into Coram, so left
my braking late into Nelson, too late and went off,”
he said. He finally took sixth, losing out to Hayward on
the last lap.
Hart built a comfortable gap over Webb for seventh and
second in class 2. “I got Barry into Brundle on the
fourth lap, by which time Michelle was long gone,” he
said. Player and Burnham completed the top 10 again
From the moment the lights went out Wood’s third win
didn’t really look in doubt. Richings was quick away
too and opened an early gap over Cook, but despite another
poor start, Arvidsson was on the move again, taking Hart
for fourth on the opening lap.
With Arvidsson joining an evenly spaced top four, Hart was
able to focus on the defence of his class lead from fifth.
He held Hayward off for a while, but was forced to
surrender at the Nelson Brundle chicane as she swept around
the outside on the third lap. Arvidsson took Cook for third
exiting Agostini’s on lap four, but had to work hard
to close the gap on Richings. She made it and clinched
second at Agostini’s, but was still over eight
seconds shy of Wood at the flag.
“Peter kept me on it at the start, but once I got the
gap it was OK,” said Wood. “An awful start
again, so made it hard for me,” added Arvidsson.
“I just decided to miss out second gear and go
straight to third at the start, but did lose time later
fighting to get the gears,” Cook explained.
Hayward completed her hattrick of wins in class 2 from
fifth overall. “I had a good start but then got held
up and Morris got me into Riches on the first lap,”
Hart and Webb were next home, with Player, John
Drinkwater’s Messer and Ben Mallock completing the
top 10. The class 3 spoils were shared, with Trish Hunter
taken victory on race two to split Pippa
Tanner-Wood’s two wins.
Published by Peter Scherer for Clubmans Register, July