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2018 GOODWOOD REVIVAL - FREDDIE MARCH MEMORIAL TROPHY

 

Jochen Mass in the georgeous Mercedes 300SL  Martin Hunt claimed honours in the 25-minute Freddie March Memorial Trophy race which brought the curtain down on Saturday’s on-track action.

 

  The HWM-Jaguar driver vied with four-time winner Darren McWhirter in his Lagonda V12 for the first few corners, but he had streaked into a lead of 3.9sec by the end of the opening lap. McWhirter fought back while dropping third-place man Richard Woolmer in Matthew Collings’ HWM-Cadillac, and briefly looked set to challenge for the lead on the second tour, but Hunt responded and stamped his authority. His advantage was nullified, however, following a safety car period to rescue Alain Rüede’s stricken Cunningham C4R from a gravel trap. Once racing resumed with nine minutes left to run, Hunt picked up from where he left off and recorded a time that was eight-tenths of a second faster than his pole lap. His margin of victory after 13 storming laps was 10.359sec. McWhirter held on for second, with last year’s winner Woolmer claiming the third spot.

 

  Report courtesy of GRRC.

 

2018 GOODWOOD REVIVAL - BARRY SHEENE MEMORIAL TROPHY

 

Corser dominated on an 89 year old BMWRACE 1

 

Glen English and John McGuinness claimed the spoils in the opening instalment of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy double-header.

 

  The Norton Manx duo starred in this thrilling 25-minute encounter, but victory appeared to be heading the way of Duncan Fitchett/Jeremy McWilliams going into the last lap. However, McWilliams took a tumble coming out of the chicane for the final time and dropped his Norton Daytona Manx. He had been leading by eight seconds prior to his spill.

 

  Star during the early running was Australian legend, Troy Corser, who was sharing a 1929 BMW R57 Kompressor with the motorcycle’s owner, Herbert Schwab. Despite riding a ’bike that was considerably older than most machines competing in this 25-minute race, the abnormally brave Corser tore through the order following a Le Mans start, the supercharged BMW writhing and bucking beneath him. He was in the lead inside four laps and stretched his advantage until handing over the reins with just over ten minutes left to run.

 

  McWilliams was the man on the move once all the rider changes were made, and appeared set for a seventh victory at Goodwood, only for the commentators’ curse to strike. Within a split second of his sure-fire win being trumpeted, his ’bike slid out from under him. English and McGuiness came home first after 16 action-packed laps, 1.437sec ahead of Norton Manx men, Ian Bain/James Hillier. Corser and Schwab placed a brilliant third.

 

RACE 2

 

 Australian superstar Troy Corser starred on Sunday afternoon as he and wingman Herbert Schwab won the second thrilling instalment of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy. Glen English dominated the early running aboard his Norton Manx, and was leading by 2.6sec at the end of the first lap.

 

  He had extended this to 5.47sec by the end of the third tour, and to an incredible 13sec by the time he pitted to hand over the ’bike to 23-time Isle of Man TT winner, John McGuinness. Second place man Schwab had already pitted, and there was no stopping Corser aboard his supercharged 1929 BMW R57.

 

He ate into McGuinness’ lead, clawing back the deficit. He was clocked at an incredible 125mph more than once, and streaked past McGuiness with five minutes left to run. He had time to pat his friend on the back as he did so… Corser’s margin of victory was 11.628sec. English and McGuinness were second from Ian Bain and James Hillier.

 

  Report courtesy of GRRC.

 

2018 GOODWOOD REVIVAL - GOODWOOD TROPHY

 

Tom Dark in the Bugatti T73C faded as the race wore on  Former British GT Champion Callum Lockie claimed repeat Goodwood Trophy honours this afternoon to go with his 2016 triumph. The Scotsman guided Sean Danaher’s nimble Maserati 6CM to win the 20-minute race for Grand Prix and Voiturette cars built and raced between 1930 and ’51. Five-time winner Mark Gillies didn’t make it easy for him, however, and the ERA man led at various points, and only 0.4sec blanketed the top two as the chequered flag descended. Tom Dark had featured during the early laps in his Bugatti T73C, only to lose pace in the final few laps. Gareth Burnett avoided a late scare when lapping an errant backmarker to take the final podium spot in David Baldock’s two-litre Alta.

 

  Report courtesy of GRRC.

 

2018 GOODWOOD REVIVAL - ST MARY'S TROPHY

 

Oli Hart won race 2 in the Alfa RomeoRACE 1

 

  Andy Priaulx emerged victorious after a frenetic St. Mary’s Trophy race although fellow former World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff was first on the road as they crossed the line.

 

Huff blasted off the front row once the flag dropped, but he was a bit too eager and received a ten-second penalty for his trouble. Without pits-to-car radio, Huff was unaware of this, and in the early stages battled mightily with fellow Lotus Cortina man Ash Sutton and Matt Neal in the 4.4-litre Studebaker Lark Daytona 500. Andy Jordan, who started from the back row, was the man on the move, however, and the rallycrosser turned touring car ace tore through the field in his Lotus Cortina and was up to ninth place within four laps. Progress was blunted somewhat for a few laps mid-race after he struggled to find a way past the lumbering Ford Galaxie 500 of Pikes Peak hero Roman Dumas. After attempting several overtakes, he eventually found a way past that didn’t involve driving on the grass, and homed in on the lead battle.

 

  Once in the lead, Sutton eked out his advantage over his pursuers, but the reigning British Touring Car Champion dived into the pits late in the day which promoted Huff back into the ‘lead’ as Priaux took Neal for second. Unaware that second place was actually first, Priaulx tried everything he could to get past Huff on the final tour, and was only made aware that he had won during the post-race interviews. Neal was second from Jordan, with Huff classified in fourth place.

 

RACE 2

 

  19-year-old Olivier Hart took a brilliant win in the incident-filled second instalment of the St Mary’s Trophy saloon car race. The Dutch teen, whose Alfa Romeo 1600GTA was driven by countryman Tom Coronel yesterday, drove brilliantly in a race of two parts.

 

  Lotus Cortina man Mike Jordan led Roger Wills’ lumbering Mercury Cyclone at the start, but there were frenetic battles up and down the order. This was brought into sharp relief on the fourth lap after Duncan Pittaway demolished the chicane in his Plymouth Barracuda. The race was red-flagged as a result.

 

  The race was restarted, only for the safety car to be deployed almost immediately after Peter Chambers barrel-rolled his Lotus Cortina on the approach to St Mary’s. Fortunately, he walked away unaided. The race got underway again with only a few laps left to run, with Hart in a class of one up front, with Ambrogio Perfetti chasing him in his Lotus Cortina.

 

  Unfortunately, the Italian’s car was then tagged by Bill Shepherd’s Ford Galaxie 500 and spun off into retirement. Fourth-place man Andrew Jordan was also a casualty of this melée, and had to cede a place to arch-rival Steve Soper who was fielding his own Lotus Cortina. Hart came home the victor from Wills, but Soper and yesterday’s winner Andy Priaulx triumphed on aggregate.

 

Report courtesy of GRRC.

 

2018 GOODWOOD REVIVAL - FORDWATER TROPHY

 

Sam Tordoff stormed through from last to second in the Porsche 356  Darren Turner claimed a fantastic Fordwater Trophy win on Saturday morning. The works Aston Martin star appropriately claimed honours aboard Peter Kappeler’s Aston DB2, but star of the race was Porsche 356 man, Sam Tordoff. The pole-sitter fluffed the start and was swamped by the entire field which prompted an epic comeback drive during the 20-minute encounter.

 

  Former British Hillclimb Champion David Franklin lead early on in Arnold Meier’s sublime Ferrari 225S Vignale Berlinette, but his lead lasted only a half a lap before he had a grassy excursion. Veteran charger Stuart Graham then assumed the lead aboard Guy Harman’s blisteringly quick Jaguar XK120. Turner, however, worked his way past on the third lap and was never headed. Tordoff, however, was the fastest man on track, and had moved up from last place to ninth inside seven minutes in his Porsche 356 coupé. He lost a little time while attempting to lap Guy Loveridge’s Connaught, but the British Touring Car Championship ace had moved up to third place going into the final lap. This soon became second, but Turner was too far up the road for him to be denied victory, though.

 

  The elated winner accepted the garlands and said: “I love racing the Aston and have finally won at Goodwood. I couldn’t be happier.”

 

Report courtesy of GRRC.