Marc Kemp’s Panic Link Motorsport team has dropped down to second place in the UK Time Attack Championship.
He smashed the lap record in qualifying during the third round at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit, but a broken transfer box meant he could not go out for the final.
The Snetterton 200 circuit features two of the longest straights in the UK and so the team had seen it as a great chance to stretch the legs of the 800bhp+ Mitsubishi Evo 8.
Kemp prefers tracks with more corners but despite this, topped the timing sheets in warm up and practice.
Kemp reported back to the team that the car felt the best it had all season after lots of work carried out following the technical problems at Croft.
In qualifying, where championship points are at stake, the car was sent out running at maximum power.
Kemp was hitting the Evo’s 160mph maximum speed on both straights and after three out laps he set the fastest lap of 1 minute 14 seconds, despite being held up in two corners by slower cars.
He decided to try another hot lap to better his time but it wasn’t to be.
Half way around the lap the transfer box of the transmission broke, losing all drive, but Kemp’s previous lap was good enough to win the session.
But frustratingly, the transfer box could not be replaced in time for the final, meaning the car couldn’t go out.
More frustrating was the fact that Marc’s qualifying time wasn’t beaten. The 1-14 qualifying time was a Time Attack Club Pro lap record.
Due to the non-scoring in the final, the team was demoted to second place in the championship and so they are hoping for a successful Round 4 at Oulton Park on July 20.