Tarling triumphs in four-car battle for Historics win
RICHARD TARLING WON A THRILLING Historic final in his Jamun T2, edging out Michael Mallock in his Mallock U2 and Ben Mitchell in Marcus Pye’s smart Merlyn Mk20.
It was a supremely close, enthralling race that any of the top four could have won deservedly; less than one second separated them. Tarling displaced polesitter Mitchell at the first corner, before Mitchell fought back at Brooklands. So began a race-long battle between a leading group of Mitchell, Tarling, Mallock and Callum Grant in his distinctive orange Merlyn.
All took turns at the front of their four-man pack – the lead changed at least once a lap for much of the race. Tarling, who had qualified third for his heat against modern machinery, prevailed right at the end, having timed his final passes perfectly. “Being in the lead on the last lap” was his simple explanation of his tactics.
Grant lost touch slightly with the leaders after a small excursion onto the Brooklands grass. He was uncomfortable with a move made by Crossle driver
Mike Gardner, who was fifth, but no action was taken.
The ‘Non Historic’ consolation race for Pre-’93 cars was almost as thrilling, with a three-way tussle between Northern Pre-’90 champion Jaap Blijleven, David Cobbold and Ben Tinkler.
UCLAN Reynard driver Blijleven charged up the order from sixth on the grid to join Cobbold’s and Tinkler’s lead dice, then hit the front when Cobbold’s attempt to regain first place from Tinkler cost both momentum. Tinkler chased Blijleven to the flag but fell 0.273s short.
Richard Neary was victorious in the Sprint element of the Britcar race that ran into the night, ahead of the FF Corse Ferrari of Calum Lockie and David Mason. Neary overtook Lockie at Brooklands on the opening lap for second overall, which allowed him to build up a gap in his Mercedes GT3 before being the first of the Sprint race runners to pit.
When Lockie pitted relatively late to hand over to Mason, the Ferrari emerged among the Ginetta G55s of Tom Knight and Tom Barley, who were battling in the Endurance element of the race. Mason’s pace was compromised as he had to find a way past the two Ginettas, and Neary was able to overcome a pitstop handicap for victory.
Ross Wylie and Witt Gamski won the Endurance section in their Ferrari 458 GTE car, after Stefano Leaney and Rob Wheldon had to make two pitstops due to their Radical GT3 being short on fuel, while Barley and Adam Hatfield were third.
Myles Castaldini was denied a great comeback victory in the Allcomers Pre-’70 race, allowing Bruce Chambers a lights-toflag win with his Elva. Castaldini put his Davrian Mk8 on pole, but started from the back after a clutch change, and retired within sight of Chambers due to overheating. Clubmans Mallock racer
Ian Bankhurst took advantage of a spin by polesitter Robert Beebee’s Chevron B8 to win in Allcomers Post-’69. Beebee was then excluded from third for causing
Tony Bianchi’s retirement.
An early spell in the lead by Richard Neary in the GT3 Mercedes could not stop Martin Short from dominating Silverstone Allcomers with his Dallara-judd SP1 machine, and Sarah Moore was similarly unstoppable in the Ladies race at the wheel of her Ginetta G50.
Tarling (#53) came out on top in Historics battle
Drivers pushed track limits to the extreme