Round 6

Gurston Down

16 June 2024

1st Dave Snelson (488 Spider)
2nd Rob Samuels (458 Speciale)
3rd Pauline Goodwin (328 GTB)
report by Steve Burns & Simon Jefferies
photography by Steve Burns

Drawing back the hotel curtains on Sunday to be greeted by sunshine was a welcome change and the effect this had on the times were immediately obvious once practice commenced, Dave Snelson unofficially lowering the previous hill record with his single practice run.

Times continued to drop during the afternoons two official timed runs, with Dave Snelson ending the day occupying the top step of the podium with an official new Ferrari hill record of 34.30 seconds (0.95 seconds quicker than the previous best).  Rob Samuels was the runner up just 1.05 seconds behind, with Pauline Goodwin in third on scratch.  Like the previous day, Iwan Attwood pipped Pauline to third place after PEP adjustment.

Making the most of the improved conditions were Steve Nunney, Stuart McCabe and Simon Jefferies who all went significantly quicker than Saturday, with Simon taking the Best Improver Award, hustling the big Roma up the hill and lowering his previous best time by a not insignificant 2.87 seconds – well done Simon!

Over the Hills & Far Away – Why Not? (PART 2)

Sunday morning was sunshine! The sun finally shone on us and the course was steadily drying out as the day went on. The excellent team of marshals were as efficient as I have ever seen and were just as relieved as we were to see the sunshine.

First practice confirmed that grip was returning to the track and the car was allowing me to use the power to more advantage. Each of my four runs was successively quicker and I was handed the award for “Best Improver”!

Dave Snelson turned the tables on Rob Samuels and put in a most impressive performance throughout the day winning in just 34.30 seconds; a fantastic time and a new class record!

Of course, each and every FOC competitor put up a great performance and every one was a winner just for showing up and enjoying the fun of competing.

Departing for home in the sunshine and warmth was a perfect end to the day, so a big thanks to Steve Burns, CSA Service Group and to all my fellow competitors who made me feel so welcome.

Why not go over the hills; they are not so far away.

– Simon Jefferies, Roma


More photos from the weekend are available for you to enjoy on Flickr, courtesy of Simon Halls @NoodlePix.

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