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April 23/24th - Silverstone Int.

May 30th - Oulton Park Endurance

June 11/12th - Thrxuton

July 3rd - Donington Park

July 17th - Castle Coombe

August 6/7th - Snetterton 300

August 27/28th - Brands Hatch GP Endurance

October 22/23rd - Brands Hatch Indy (FFF)

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Snetterton 2012

2012 F4 Championship: Rounds 11 & 12 Snetterton

The students returned to University at the beginning of October after their summer break, ready for the final two rounds of the Formula Four Championship. The event was held at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, a long way for the team to travel.

The team were all packed and ready to begin the 290 mile journey on Saturday, leaving Swansea early morning and arriving at the circuit late afternoon. After unloading the car into the garage it was checked over and the team completed a track walk as the sun was setting.

After a cold evening the team woke up to find heavy fog had fallen across the circuit, which was taking it’s time to clear, pushing back the timetable for the day. As the first cars went out it became clear that the practice sessions would have to be completed behind the safety car.snet2

Our first session of the day came was conducted before the fog had cleared and Tim completed 4 laps behind the safety car with the rest of the Formula 4 field. As no times were recorded for the session, the qualifying positions for the two races of the day were based on the current standings in the Championship. The team had entered the round in 8th position, therefore qualifying 8th.

The fog had soon started to burn off, but the day was running slightly behind schedule. By the time the team were called for the first race of the day the fog had completely cleared.

discuss2Tim had a great start from 8th position but soon started experiencing problems with severe oversteer in the corners. On the second lap Tim spun the car on the back straight, putting him back into 10th position. Tim soon caught up to fellow driver James Chapman and the team were hopeful Tim would gain a position. As the race continued Tim felt there were further problems with the stability of the car, reporting that it was snatching sideways throughout the back straight. This issue was a huge risk to Tim’s safety and that of the other drivers and so on the 7th lap, he pulled off the track and retired from the race.

The team waited anxiously for the car to return to the garage. After taking the engine cover off the car and taking a closer look it appeared that there had been a chassis failure. The bolts on the engine mount had sheared and the engine had come away from the tub. This problem put the team out of the second race as there was insufficient time to rectify the problem.

snet4Although the team were disappointed with the circumstances, everyone remained in good spirits after an enjoyable weekend. The team packed away and loaded the car back onto the trailer, finishing in time to watch the final F4 race of the season.

SMU- Formula 4 Championship team entered the final round with 73 points in 8th position. After picking up 1 point for starting a race at the weekend, the team finished the season in 10th position. Everyone was pleased with the result having improved on 12th position in the 2011 championship.

 Since returning to Swansea the team has grown in size having recruited many new first year students in both the Engineering and Management teams. Strip down of the car over the winter months has already begun. Keep an eye on our website for our updates over the winter.

SMU – Formula 4 Championship team would like to thank everyone for their continued support over the 2012 season. Without you this would not be possible and your help has provided every team member with valuable experience that will follow them through their careers.

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