Snetterton GT Cup Podium for CRH Racing

CRH Racing were at Snetterton this weekend, October 8th and 9th, for the final three GT Cup races of 2016, with mixed fortunes as they claimed second in class in the opening race on Saturday before mechanical issues struck in the next two races.A fine drive from Jonathan Evans saw him second overall in the first of Saturday’s two 25-minute races before having to settle for fourth overall and second in the GTB class. In race two an engine problem saw him have to be push-started to get the team’s Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car off the grid and he spun after a clash with a Lamborghini while trying to make up places.“We got a good first lap in race one,” said Jonathan, “I was up to second overall and was running where we had never run before! We got in a battle for the class lead and just lost out, but it was great to be in running with the leading cars.“In race two I had to get a push start so had to make massive progress in the early laps as we had to start from the back of the grid. I caught a Lamborghini and he was quicker down the straights which made it hard to get past, so I made a move which didn’t quite come off.“I ended up stopped across the track, it took a while to get the car fired up again, and that was our race gone.”Sunday started well with Jonathan right on the pace in qualifying, finishing fifth overall but quickest in class. Jonathan started the race, with co-driver Tom Bradshaw scheduled to drive the second half of the 50-minute event, but early in the race Jonathan lost the rear wing of the car at the end of the main straight, causing him to spin and the team eventually retire the Porsche.“As I started to turn in at the end of the straight the rear wing sheared off,” explained Jonathan. “That took all the downforce away from the rear of the car and I spun, just glancing the wall at the edge of the track.“I had to pit, but we were lucky there wasn’t more damage, I was doing 130mph when the wing went. We went out behind the safety car and the Porsche didn’t feel great without the wing, and the rear suspension had taken a knock. Tom went out briefly but it was impossible to drive and we retired it.“It was just sensible to stop then, we had been quick in qualifying and I was holding the class lead and if I could have handed over to Tom first in class I am sure we could have come home ahead.”