The 2017 Nextec – Puma Cup made the maiden outing at a sunny and very warm Snetterton. Ten cars had entered for the Snetterton 300 endurance race. Many new faces made the trip and some great racing was to be witnessed and a drama as well. The Ian Scruton/Dave Elsom Foundation Racing Puma in immaculate millennium yellow saw a devastating fuel fire during qualifying which caused major wiring damage, and that was the end of their day. The familiar number of Luke Johnson (133) now appeared on a new car but the same pace seems to have carried to it. The new Panda Racing squad (Rob Ladbrook/Hamish Brandon and Jon Attar) turned out with some inspired graphics and a turn of speed to match. The Ford Racing UK Puma was now hired to Automation Productions Ltd and will be shared over the 2017 season by three drivers – Dai Davies/Iestyn Davies/Adam Towler/. Good to see Jamie Clare and Kevan Hadfield out alongside John Boult in his familiar red Puma. Nick Jackson was another new comer in his bright orange Puma and provided some enthusiastic sideways driving in qualifying. The race was a close affair and the 40 minute concept provided some entertainment when drivers pitted for the mandatory ‘driver swap’. Not so easy without some solid practice afore. The Chequered Flag saluted the end of the race of the season and Luke Johnson took a good win from Nick Jackson then the team pairing of Rob Ladbrook/Hamish Brandon.
2nd – Nick Jackson
1st – Luke Johnson
3rd Rob Ladbrook and Hamish Brandon