Sharp extends his Championship lead at Snetterton

By Chris Roberts/Widerviewphoto.co.uk
Sharp on top of the Podium again
After a 7 week summer break the Ginetta GT Supercup championship started the second half of the races with a meeting at the Norfolk circuit of Snetterton. The championship supports the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
After a very hot day of free practice on the Friday the Ginetta GT Supercup qualifying took place on Saturday late morning, and after an early pole lap time in the session Sharp had to be content with 3rd place on the grid just over 1/10thbehind pole man Ingram.
The first race of the weekend took place at the end of the afternoon and Sharp was soon into 2ndplace and pressuring Ingram to take the lead. Unfortunately the battling slowed up Sharp so that an audacious overtaking move by Hill took him from 3rdto 1st in one move, and left Sharp in 3rd place by the flag.
The main race day on the Sunday was another dry day with sunny spells and the second race was first on Sunday morning. At the start of race 2 the pole man (in front of Sharp) got off the line a bit slowly and so held up a fast charging Sharp into the first corner. After a couple of laps the leader and championship challenger Ingram had an engine blow-up which left Sharp at the flag in 4th place.
Sharp in the lead
For the final reverse grid format of race 3, the top 5 were reversed, which meant Sharp would start on the front row, and with his record of fast starts likely to lead into the first corner. At the start when the red lights went out Sharp made a strong start and was cleanly in the lead well before the 1st corner and then proceeded to build a gap to the two challengers Richardson and Breeze. Although towards the end of the race Richardson got closer to Sharp he managed the challenge and at the flag had ½ second in hand.
Sharp with his Birthday Cake
As Sharp commented “On the whole the weekend went well. After qualifying in third the real aim was to just score decent points over the three races but to come away with a fourth, third and a win in the final race was just what we needed to extend the championship lead even further”.
“Knockhill is a really interesting circuit and it’s quite unique in its layout. Last year we came away with two second place finishes and a win so hopefully we will have more of the same in two weeks time.”
After the weekend Sharp has extended his lead of the championship with the nearest challenger (Breeze) 95 points behind with Sharp 528, Breeze 433, Ingram 412.
All the action will resume in 2 weeks at the Knockhill race circuit in Scotland over the 24/25 August weekend.
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