Junos Continue To Display Enviable Reliability In The Latest VdeV UK Round
Once again, all Junos present finished in the latest round of the VdeV UK Championship further reinforcing their enviable reliability and also competitiveness with the TFL run Juno of Sarah Reader and Ryan Hooker taking 3rd place, for a second successive podium finish.
A gruelling 6 Hour race saw the 5 Junos secure 3rd to 7th places inclusively at Snetterton, with several Juno drivers battling for the race win which they would have to concede to another outstanding drive by Rob Garafol . The race was interrupted by rain and a safety car period to provide an exciting contest from start to finish.
It was an uncharacteristic 7th for Rob Croydon and Adrian Mardlin who after leading the race were put on the back foot by a puncture and a broken rear pushrod.
It was a trio of drivers in 6th place with David Scott, Mark Coleing and Nick Adcock driving the work’s Juno. This was a new experience for all three drivers who each had just 40 minutes in the Juno car prior to the race. With steadily increasing race pace the trio were hampered by two punctures but their introduction to endurance racing was greatly enjoyed by all.
Earlier contenders for the victory, Chris Bialan and Graham Fennymore in the Piranha Racing team Juno were super fast in the dry conditions. But a sudden and heavy downpour was a sharp introduction for Chris to wet driving in the Juno for the first time and the duo had to be content with 5th place.
The changeable conditions were lapped up by Tony Freeman and Duncan Williams who gambled on staying out on wets as the track dried, hoping the Norfolk skies would rain some more. Whilst the rain stayed away, Tony remained constant on his tyres and was pipped for the final podium step when overtaken by a storming Ryan Hooker in the TFL Juno.
Having scored an excellent 2nd place at the last round, Ryan and Sarah Reader were keen to revisit the podium. Both drivers put in tremendous runs with Sarah’s second stint being entirely in the wet conditions during which her wet driving skills shone. Ryan took the wheel for the final stint and after easing past Tony raced to the line to ensure a successive podium for himself and Sarah.
The next VdeV-UK round takes place at Brands Hatch on 9th August and will be a 3 Hour race.