Manchester storms to victory at Snetterton

Jack Manchester bounced back from a difficult start to his Sunday at Snetterton by finishing on the podium twice and taking victory in the final race of the 2017 Radical Challenge Championship.

Heading to Snetterton in red hot form, Jack Manchester was ready to contest the final round of the Radical Challenge Championship and showcased his pace the Norfolk-based track.

Qualifying preluded three races on a busy Sunday and Jack got his day off to a strong start by lighting up the timesheets only for a small mistake in qualifying saw his Radical suffer damage forcing him to finish the session with his tracking out. Even with the damage, Jack managed to qualify in 7th place for races one and 8thfor race two - with the pace to make his way through the grid.

Race One

The first race of the weekend saw twenty-two cars line up on the grid and a frantic start saw Jack in the heart of all the drama. With little room for error entering turn one, Jack was sandwiched between two cars, reaulting in Jack’s front splitter receiving heavy damage and this wasn’t the end of the chaos as the grid headed down to the heavy braking turn two.

Following as closely as he could to the car in front, Jack was then shunted up the rear and this collision left Jack with extensive damage. With his rear looking worse for wear, the bodywork began to catch on the right rear tyre and, with his rear tracking knocked out – Jack was in for a long race.

Doing brilliantly to nurse his wounded Scorpio Radical home, Jack crossed the finishing line in a highly respectful 5th place. A result he was delighted with considering the circumstances.

“Race one was really scrappy, there was nowhere to go at the start, it was gridlocked. I was sandwiched at T1 and then into T2 I was hit up the rear and that ruined my race as it ruined my rear tyre. I was pushing as hard as I could for eight laps knowing the tyre could give way at any moment but I managed to bring it home in P5 which is a good result after everything at the start.”

Race Two

Starting in 8th place for the second race, Jack got a blistering start and sailed past five cars to put himself straight into 3rd place by the exit of turn one – placing himself in the frame for a podium at Snetterton.

Knowing he was running in the podium places after starting 8th, Jack kept his cool while nursing a damaged car home to the reward of more silverware as he crossed the line 3rd place. Content with the result, Jack knew there was more to come later.

“It was a good race; the team did a great job to get the car ready in time after all the damage in the first race but I could still feel the car wasn't 100%. The race was a lot calmer and was relatively quiet, I just went about my business and got onto the podium. The car was still struggling from the earlier damage but we’ll try to fix it before th final race as P5 is a good foundation for the start.”

Race Three

The final race of the weekend was the forty-minute endurance race and another frenzied start in Snetterton saw Jack make his way up to 4thplace. Sticking with the leaders, Jack was driving superbly to fight the understeer caused by the damage in qualifying and combined with the broken splitter, Jack was have to wrestle his car around the circuit.

Eventually making his way back into 3rd, Jack came into the pits on lap 12 and exited the pits looking to hunt down the leaders. With the front three all pitting on separate laps, it was a case of who could get out in front quicker – a challenge Jack accepted.

Jumping both 1st and 2nd, Jack held a slim lead and was being pressured from behind while simultaneously having to fight with his damaged Radical. With the gap remaining within a second for the next nine laps, Jack eventually crossed the line to take victory in the final race by a tiny margin.

Jack was thrilled with how he had finished off his Radical Challenge Championship campaign.

“What a great way to finish the championship! It’s great to get the win in the UK championship and I’m happy to help the team get their first win in the championship this season. It was one of my hardest fought victories having to battle through a broken front left damper. There was a tiny gap for the rest of the race and it wasn’t easy so I’m delighted to take the win!"