Rudston racer Senna Proctor shines at Snetterton
In the penultimate race meeting of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) season East Yorkshire’s Senna Proctor has once again recorded points scoring finishes in all three of the races.
The venue for this round of the BTCC was the home circuit for Senna’s race team, Excelr8 Motorsport and their Hyundai i30N Performance Fastbacks.
Snetterton in Norfolk is the longest lap distance on the calendar and is something of a unique challenge with not only two very long straights but also a series of tight and technical corners and hairpin bends.
For the Saturday qualification session a new trial format was tested with only one free practice session instead of two.
The top ten qualifiers were then to go again in a final shootout session.
With a time of only two tenths off a top six spot, Proctor ended up an agonisingly close 11th place in the first qualification session but remained characteristically positive and upbeat.
Proctor said: “On balance I was reasonably content with a starting slot of 11th.
“If I’d have been in the shootout session we think that might perhaps have compromised my race day tactics with a reduced availability of fresh tyres.
“I can get stuck in and race from 11th on the grid and will be looking to make forward progress and secure some solid points.”
For the Sunday races and for race one still drying track conditions meant the tactical call was to go for a set of tyres already used for part of the qualifying and free practice sessions.
As the forecast was for no more rain across the day the plan was to save fresh rubber for races two and three.
The tactics paid off and with a calm, calculated and sensible race the 22 year old from Rudston managed to secure a strong top 10 finish and yet another respectable points haul.
Race two with a bone dry track and fresh Goodyear slick tyres didn’t quite go to plan though as Proctor’s car was suffering from chronic under-steer.
The plan to attack and look to overtake and take advantage of fresh rubber and modest ballast was therefore scuppered.
But championship points were still secured with a hard working and mature defensive drive.
In the early evening Norfolk dusk the drama that unfolded in the final race of the day saw Proctor race to yet another top ten finish.
Hard fought battles were taking place throughout the field and Proctor had to use all his nearly four years of BTCC race experience to bring home the points and to continue his impressive showing in the front wheel drive Hyundai.
Proctor said: “Despite being the team’s home circuit Snetterton is actually one of our weakest circuits and doesn’t best suit the characteristics of the car.
“But we battled hard and made some good tactical calls.
“Overall I’m happy with what we achieved and we now go on to Brands Hatch and look to finish the season on a high.”
The season finale at Brands Hatch in Kent is to be shown live on ITV4 with Saturday qualifying on www.itv.com