Round 7 & 8


9 - 10 October

1st R1: Lucky Khera / R2: Lucky Khera
2nd R1: Paul Hogarth / R2: Johannes Sikkens
3rd R1: Martin Smith / R2: Paul Hogarth
report by Corse Clienti
photography by Corse Clienti

Lucky Khera (Graypaul Birmingham) looked to continue his winning ways and wrap up the championship as the Ferrari Challenge UK arrived at Snetterton. Khera had won all six races of the season so far, including a win from the back of the grid last time out.

Graham de Zille (Meridien Modena), like Lucky Khera, had also dominated his class, however he was not competing in the Coppa Shell this weekend. Jamie Thwaites (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds) and Paul Simmerson (Graypaul Birmingham) were amongst the drivers looking to capitalise on his absence and fight for the top step of the podium.

Race 1

Lucky Khera (Graypaul Birmingham) converted his sixth pole position of the season into his seventh win, producing a stunning drive to continue his domination of the Ferrari Challenge UK 2020 season.

Trofeo Pirelli. Lucky Khera made an excellent start to establish an early lead, reacting quickly at the start to pull away from the rest of the field. The remainder of the race was a familiar situation for Lucky, as he drove clear of the field to cement a large gap to take his seventh victory of the season. Behind him, Paul Hogarth (Stratstone Manchester) stayed in second position, whilst H. Sikkens (H.R. Owen London) passed Martin Smith (Graypaul Birmingham) to take third, though Smith soon managed to get back past. Despite constant pressure throughout the race, Hogarth held on to finish second, with Smith coming home in third.

Coppa Shell. Jamie Thwaites (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds) produced a thrilling drive to come from the back of the grid to take victory in the Coppa Shell class. After a disappointing qualifying session, Thwaites quickly made his way past the pole sitter, Paul Rogers (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds), who dropped down the order at the start. Thwaites then passed Paul Simmerson (Graypaul Birmingham) and closed in on Alex Moss (Graypaul Birmingham), who drove an excellent defensive race to keep Thwaites behind for as long as possible. Moss, however, could do nothing as Thwaites pulled off a great move down the inside at Agostini to take the lead, eventually pulling clear to extend his championship lead in the Coppa Shell. Alex Moss held on to second, whilst Simmerson resisted the pressure of Rogers to take the third step on the podium.

Race 2

Lucky Khera wins the final race of the season, with Jamie Thwaites winning in the Coppa Shell, in a very wet race that started behind the safety car.

Lucky Khera (Graypaul Birmingham) completed a clean sweep of victories in the Ferrari Challenge UK 2020 season, winning all eight races.

Trofeo Pirelli. With heavy rainfall throughout the day, the first third of the race had to be completed behind the safety car due to the amount of water on the circuit. However, after ten minutes, the safety car came in and the race returned to green flag conditions. After even starts, the drivers remained close together for a couple of laps, before contact between Martin Smith (Graypaul Birmingham) and Paul Hogarth (Stratstone Manchester) allowed Lucky Khera (Graypaul Birmingham) and H. Sikkens (H.R. Owen London) to get past, with Khera taking the lead. Martin Smith had to retire due to radiator damage, allowing Paul Hogarth to remain in third for the remainder of the race. Lucky Khera extended his lead in familiar fashion, coming home to win ahead of Sikkens, becoming the first driver to win every race of a Ferrari Challenge season.

Coppa Shell. Class champion Jamie Thwaites (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds) produced another fantastic drive to come from the back of the grid to take victory in the Coppa Shell class. Thwaites mastered the conditions to make his way past Paul Rogers (JCT600 Brooklands Leeds), and then closed in on  Alex Moss (Graypaul Birmingham) before eventually passing him and extending his lead. Moss did well to fend off the challenge of Paul Rogers, who was on the tail of Moss for the last few laps, to finish second, ahead of Rogers in third. Following an early spin, Paul Simmerson (Graypaul Birmingham) was unable to convert his qualifying position into a podium.


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