Vic Lee clinched a double win as SmarTrack Series Elite made it’s debut at the famous Silverstone circuit, over the weekend. Narrowly beating Nick Jarvis in two hotly contested races around the Northants’ track.
Lee claimed pole position for the Series Elite opener, with a 1min 4.449secs around the Silverstone ‘National’ layout, with Nick Jarvis just 0.2secs down the road, and third placed Alex Moss just a touch over half a second off.
Race one saw Lee and Jarvis trade places for the lead several times before crossing the line, in their Jaguar XE Project 8s just 0.6secs apart at the flag. Ray Grimes completing the podium positions in third. Lee making history, winning the first ever SmarTrack Series Elite race.
A shower, just as race two got underway, made the second contest a rather slithery affair. But the SmarTrack Series Elite racers weren’t to have their spirits dampened. Over the opening few laps it was Jarvis who gave himself a lead. With Grimes up to second and Lee in third. A moment late on for Grimes gave Lee second, but it wasn’t until the final lap of the race that Vic was to pounce, leaving it late to grab the lead and take his second victory of the weekend. Jarvis just 0.5secs behind, and Moss in third.
“Very pleased with that” exclaimed Vic, “I never expected to come here and do that, roll on Brands.
“Second time we had to be really, really careful. We’ve got so much power in the car. Fantastic battle, side by side again several times. I love the rain, but I never thought I’d win in the wet. Once the rain started I thought we’d all be in trouble. It was great, fabulous”.
“Very exciting” added Nick Jarvis, “I couldn’t find grip anywhere, I should have let him [Vic] past me and tried again later on. Very enjoyable”.
Alex Moss concluded; “Fantastic, it was really exciting, the cars were great. When the rain came down I felt more comfortable than in the dry. And watching Vic and Nick battling, they were pushing hard, it was really exciting stuff”.
Series Founder Graeme Glew summed up; “I’m really pleased, I did overhear the commentator saying it was the best race of the day so far. Which was great to say there was only four cars out there.
“We’ve got a few teething problems to sort out, but nothing major, the cars are fantastic, the drivers love the cars, we’ve got three weeks until Brands Hatch, I’m hoping we should have two more cars on the grid, so we should have six cars on the grid for Brands”.