From computer to race track, the brand new Sports 2000 March 09 Recreation Duratec made a glorious entrance to the first Sports 2000 race meeting at Snetterton, ending up with a 3rd place finish but more importantly, leaving an impression that there is much more pace is to come.
The car was launched at the Autosport show in January with much and wide acclaim. Alan Hudd, the founder of the project commented “This has been an exciting weekend at Snetterton and is very successful and a result of a huge team effort to create a competitive race car. After the launch at the Autosport show in January, we received a lot of interest in the concept which was based on creating a very modern competitive sports car based on the golden era of motorsport and in particular the spirit of the Le Mans March 75S race car. But we wanted to be sure the car was good on the track so we decided to let the car do the talking before putting the car up for general sale.”
Mike Jenvey, the Sports 2000 championship winner in 2009 and the development driver for the March 09 Recreation said “The car was a delight and very reliable. I can’t believe that the car has gone from design to such a high performance on the track so effectively. We have had such a limited testing programme and of course we are still developing the car. I qualified P3, despite having a puncture and I must pay tribute to KW Motorsport for preparing such a reliable and an easy to drive competitive car. We made some changes to the car between qualifying and the race; we learnt a lot but it didn’t help me in the race. It was a fantastic first outing and I am very confident that there is much more pace in the car.”
Kieron Salter of KW Motorsport designed the car and said, “What a ride this has been, huge time pressures but hugely satisfying for the professionalism of race craft design. I have an engineering and race team second to none and a highly capable development driver in Mike Jenvey who provides intelligent feedback. We have been on the track only 3 times since the car was built and finishing in the top three on the first outing in a very highly competitive race is nothing short of a fantastic achievement. We have a great plan for the next race.”
Alan Hudd added, “We congratulate the Loaded Gunn for their win which was well deserved. The next race promises to be even more exciting.”
Hudd and Salter concluded, “We are absolutely delighted with the performance of the car and so we are now definitely open for business. The race car is now for sale”.