Winning performance from Fairbrother as Wylie hails setup breakthrough at Snetterton
1st August 2017
David Fairbrother and Ross Wylie enjoyed a successful weekend at Snetterton with a victory trophy the highlight.
The Pall-Ex/Fuel Card Services sponsored Slidesports team embarked on the first races of the second half of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season on the back foot during testing on Wednesday. The lack of experience of running the cars meant that finding the right setup for the 2.96-mile Norfolk circuit was proving illusive. By Friday however the tables were beginning to turn with both drivers showing improvement. By qualifying on Saturday the upward trend continued with Ross securing tenth place on the grid for both races and David lining up fourth in ProAm2.
A strange call from race control caused confusion at the start of race one with many competitors believing the start had been aborted. The ensuing confusion allowed a group to break away whilst Ross got stick behind a slower ProAm1 competitor and finished in tenth. His race two however was much more successful with the car handling more to his liking and another points paying position the reward.
“It has been a bit of a difficult weekend,” said Ross. “We have been chasing the setup as the operating window of this car is so small but I think we got on top of it for the second race. It was only my second standing start this year and it wasn’t the best so I lost a position off the line. By the time I got back past him I’d lost the tow to the pack but it’s definitely encouraging to see the pace moving forward.”
“We’ve got a steady race pace but the key to winning in this championship is to qualify up the front. We are a long way off that just now but it is part of the development year and as long as we are making progress each weekend then we can’t complain. I feel encouraged that we can start moving forward. I think me as a driver and the team have learnt a lot this weekend.”
The two races were even better for David who enjoyed his best weekend in the Carrera Cup so far. A stunning victory in race one was only improved on by two fantastic overtaking manoeuvres in race two. Having started on fourth for both races it was a brilliant performance to move David back into title contention with a nearly perfect weekend score.
“We came in and we were three to four seconds off the pace,” said David. “In free practice we found a little bit but I hadn’t race at Snetterton for two. After qualifying I was properly told off by our driver coach so I went away and had a word with myself. In race one [Graham] Mundy’s incident opened it up for me and I was able to drive around the rest and take the lead.”
“In the second race John [McCullagh] stalled on the start which gave Iain [Dockerill] space to come across in front of me. I passed Dockerill around the outside into Corum and then Shamus [Jennings] around the outside into Riches – he certainly didn’t expect it. After that it was a close nip and tuck race between Iain and me. On the whole, it started out as a bad weekend but got better and better as it went on. I’m very happy.”
“It’s the turning point for Dave’s season,” added Team Principal Mark Jenkins. “I believe a massive part of his performance increase is our driver coach. The evidence is that on Wednesday’s test he was three seconds off the pace. He has improved all weekend to get the results. With Ross we’ve been chasing a pace all weekend only to come right in the last race, but that’s okay. The result is that we are point six off the quickest time so we are on it. It’s been a good weekend.”
Rounds 10 and 11 take place at Knockhill in Scotland on the 12th & 13th August and will once again be televised live on ITV4.back