Century Motorsport’s Zoe Wenham and Dom Evans have a big weekend at Snetterton ahead as the fight to keep Team WFR’s class leading pair of Warren Hughes and Jody Fannin within reach.
The 2012 GT4 class has seen seventeen drivers do battle, and with another two driving this weekend, Steve Chaplin and Phil Keen, the pressure to get a podium has never been greater.
Eighteen year-old Wenham is not only the championship’s only female driver this year, but is also one of the youngest drivers in the series. Despite her lack of years, she lies second in the championship with 97.5 points, having averaged over sixteen points a race, but is yet to take to the top step of the podium.
This weekend, Team WFR’s highly competent driver duo of Hughes and Fannin could seal the GT4 class title if Wenham fails to get a podium and they maintain their enviable winning streak. Wenham, 52.5 points adrift of the WFR two-some remains confident that she and driving partner Evans can put pressure on Hughes and Fannin and can keep the battle going longer.
“Obviously there is pressure,” said Wenham. “It will be really hard to force the WFR guys into a mistake as they’re a brilliant driver pairing, but I actually see our battle this weekend with the APO Sport guys. If we can keep ahead of them and ensure they don’t take points off us or stop us coming third for example, we’ll be okay.”
Wenham continues: “We’ve got two races this weekend, and four to go in total, so after Snetterton, it will become more pressurised I think as we will only have one race per weekend to get it right. Hopefully we can get the gap to WFR down to how it was after the Nurburgring (fifteen points), but that will require Dom and I to have a really good weekend and them some misfortune.”
Indeed, Wenham’s driving partner in the Century-prepared Ginetta G50, Evans, the current Welsh Sports and Saloon champion has a big role to play this weekend, especially as he has managed to test the G50 at the Norfolk track in recent weeks, something Wenham was unable to do.
“I’ve not had the best results there, but at the test a few weeks back we went well,” said Evans. “I’ve not raced on the 300 before and only raced the old circuit twice, both times not finishing due to engine problems. At the test though we got to within two seconds of Jody Fannin on the same tyres that we finished Brands on, and they were also the same tyres we qualified on; they were well worn in, but we did okay.”
With the Lotus Evora of Phil Glew and Sailesh Bolisetti not entered this weekend, the Cardiff-born driver has the opportunity to go third in the points table, as he is currently just half a point off the Lotus duo.
Wenham cites Evans’ input at Snetterton as “considerable” to her maintaining the title challenge and she is confident he’ll work closely with her to bring her quite literally up to speed.
Wenham adds: “We need to push hard this weekend, I’ve been to Snetterton a lot, but not had much luck. A crash, a puncture, and a weekend to forget in a Polo! The Ginetta works well everywhere and I think we’ll be on the front foot compared to the APO guys who haven’t tested there at all. I’ll need Dom to help me with my gears as I haven’t been around the track in the G50 yet, but I’ll be up to speed soon enough and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Action at Snetterton begins on Saturday morning with two one-hour free practice sessions at 9:30 and 13:15, with qualifying beginning at 17:40. Race one on Saturday begins at 11:30, with the second and final race due to start at 16:50.