Good­wood Re­vival re­port

Emanuele Pirro, Dar­ren Turner and Andy Pri­aulx all starred, while a young Dutch ace made his mark on the week­end’s blue-riband race

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Idyl­lic au­tumn weather – sun­shine tem­pered by a pleas­ant breeze – blessed the Duke of Rich­mond’s time­warp, mak­ing it the per­fect so­cial and sport­ing oc­ca­sion. In­ter­na­tional ser­vice uni­forms and the most el­e­gant pe­riod fash­ion once again im­bued the pad­dock, grand­stands and spec­ta­tor en­clo­sures with the po­lite class of yes­ter­year. This was typ­i­fied by won­der­ful daily homages to peer­less pri­vate en­trant Rob Walker – syn­ony­mous with Good­wood’s favourite son Stir­ling Moss – and cav­al­cades of Re­vival race win­ners span­ning the event’s first 20 years. Fer­rari driv­ers Moss, Innes Ire­land and Gra­ham Hill mo­nop­o­lised the TT’S Gran Turismo era at the Sus­sex track, and a price­less plethora of 250 GT Ber­linet­tas and GTOS con­tested the card’s open­ing race. As the sun set and the dust laid to soak up oil cre­ated an ethe­real haze, Aus­trian Nik­las Halusa (last year’s Brook­lands Tro­phy pre-war win­ner in an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300MM) mas­tered the Fer­rari ‘bread­van’, trad­ing the lead with Jon Min­shaw (Jaguar E-type) be­fore they re­layed their part­ners: Phil Keen got the jump on Emanuele Pirro, but the quin­tu­ple Le Mans win­ner hunted the Jag down for a big vic­tory that left Halusa over­joyed. Richard Meins, who couldn’t avoid hit­ting third qual­i­fier Gary Pear­son’s clutch-trou­bled GTO at the start, handed his E-type coupe to Rob Huff, who missed Tom Alexan­der’s spin­ning As­ton Martin DB4 GT at St Mary’s, only to clash with Nigel Green­sall in Chris Mil­ner’s E-type road­ster. This opened Huff’s bon­net, leav­ing him driv­ing blind twice, yet he se­cured third in the bat­tered car when Green­sall ran wide at Wood­cote. It was Forza Fer­rari in Sun­day’s Glover Tro­phy 1500cc For­mula 1 race too. In­spired by a fab­u­lous flat-12 sound­track, Amer­i­can-ital­ian Joe Co­lasacco took sev­eral at­tempts to wail Larry Auri­ana’s mag­nif­i­cent 1512 past five-time win­ner Andy Mid­dle­hurst’s Cli­max V8-en­gined Lo­tus 25 fol­low­ing a tight and thrilling tus­sle. Af­ter James King’s ex-dan Gur­ney Brab­ham BT7 V8 col­lided with tailen­der Erik Staes’s Lo­tus, P2 starter Jon Mil­ice­vic mus­tered all his courage and guile to pass Tim de Silva’s Lo­tus-brm 24 into Wood­cote on the fi­nal lap in Alan Bail­lie’s four-cylin­der Lds-cli­max. Ben Mitchell, pi­lot­ing one of three diminu­tive MRP LOLA-SCA T60s in the field, claimed one-litre F2 hon­ours in sixth. Robbed of vic­tory in last year’s RAC Tourist Tro­phy Cel­e­bra­tion by head-gas­ket fail­ure, Dutch fa­ther-and-son David and Olivier Hart made amends with a scin­til­lat­ing week­end in the DHG AC Co­bra. Since reign­ing cham­pion Michael Gans was shar­ing his Co­bra with Gor­don Shed­den (de­nied a Jaguar E-type hat-trick by a penalty in 2017), com­pe­ti­tion was hot­ter than ever. Quick­est in Fri­day’s ses­sion, Shed­den im­proved to 1m24.824s in Satur­day’s grid de­cider, only for 19-year-old Olivier Hart to bang in a stag­ger­ing 1m24.574s (101.30mph) for pole. Phil Keen also bet­tered the 100mph av­er­age for third in Jon Min­shaw’s lat­est Val­ley Mo­tor Sport Jaguar E-type, shaken down at Oul­ton Park last month. Seven Co­bras in the top 12 in­di­cated that the bal­ance of power has

al­tered in favour of the An­glo-amer­i­can Ford V8-en­gined mon­sters, but the sim­i­larly pow­ered TVR Grif­fith of Mikes Whi­taker and Jor­dan, and Martin Hunt’s Jag – in which triple World Tour­ing Car cham­pion Andy Pri­aulx posted sev­enth best time – were well in the mix. David Hart made one of his trade­mark bal­lis­tic starts as the Union Flag set off Sun­day’s 45-minute race (re­duced from an hour, fol­low­ing the dou­ble St Mary’s Tro­phy stop­page, to fit ITV sched­ules). Gans and Martin Stretton (in Karsten Le Blanc’s Co­bra) went with him though, chased by Andrew Robert­son Smith in the Bryant fam­ily Co­bra and Min­shaw, who was fight­ing over­shoots caused by what he thought was a brake is­sue but turned out to be a throt­tle stick­ing at 4000rpm. Out af­ter a fine charge was Rob Huff, who can­noned into Stretton at Wood­cote when the an­chors of Richard Meins’s Jag CUT 7 went spongy. A five-sec­ond penalty for clip­ping the chi­cane –“a stupid mistake”– dropped Hart to sixth on cor­rected time, but he stopped early to hand over to his son. Al­though Smith’s han­dover to Oliver Bryant was quicker, Hart Jr blasted past the sim­i­lar Co­bra ex­it­ing the pits. While Stretton stayed out be­fore pit­ting to hand over to Le Blanc, Hart Jr set a string of fastest laps. By the time the pit­stops un­wound, he had done enough to take the lead on the road and com­fort­ably erad­i­cated his fa­ther’s penalty loss, even­tu­ally win­ning by 18.4s af­ter it was ap­plied. Keen drove round the throt­tle prob­lem and chased Hart for all he was worth, but never looked a threat, while Bryant’s Co­bra curse struck again. He peeled off at two-thirds dis­tance, join­ing Shed­den in re­tire­ment. The re­lent­less Jor­dan in Whi­taker’s Tvr“pick-up”(nick­named thus af­ter its rear win­dow blew out) claimed a mighty third, hav­ing over­come triple Le Mans win­ner An­dre Lot­terer (in the Co­bra started by Joe Twyman), who hung on af­ter be­ing over­taken. The E-types of Joaquin Folch/nick Pad­more (ex-bruce Mclaren light­weight) and John Young/ Steve Soper com­pleted the top six; the Craig Davies/ja­son Plato Chevy Corvette that split them on track was pe­nalised for a chi­cane strike. Keen had to wait un­til Sun­day’s Sus­sex Tro­phy ’50s sport­car fi­nale for his Good­wood gold, but it was hard-earned. On pole in Min­shaw’s

“THEN I SAW THE LIGHTS AND THE LIS­TER AND I THOUGHT, ‘OH NO, IT’S KEENY’”

Lis­ter-jaguar Knob­bly (their 2014 en­duro win­ner), Keen’s hand shot up when its throt­tle stuck open af­ter the for­ma­tion lap. With the start aborted, he was pushed into the pits where the VMS crew freed it, but he had to go from there on cold tyres, af­ter ri­vals did an­other green flag lap. Roger Wills scorched away in the two-litre Lo­tus 15 – which fel­low Ki­wis Bruce Mclaren/syd Jensen re­tired from the 1958 Good­wood TT – and out­ran last Septem­ber’s vic­tor Sam Han­cock (Fer­rari 246S Dino) to the tune of eight sec­onds over the first half. Fed up of be­ing sprayed with the Dino’s oil, Olly Bryant boxed Han­cock be­hind David Cooke’s Fer­rari at the La­vant kink for a Lo­tus 15 one-two. But the Lis­ter“gob­bly”, as com­men­ta­tors dubbed it, was on the warpath… “The boys gave me the‘push’board,”said Wills,“then I saw lights, then the green-and-yel­low Lis­ter. I thought,‘oh no, it’s Keeny’and couldn’t keep him be­hind.”phil grabbed the lead as Roger slid wide mid-la­vant with pre­cisely a minute to go, bring­ing tears to team chief Nigel Mor­ris’s eyes as he growled past the che­quered flag to rap­tur­ous ap­plause.

“I can’t be­lieve it,”said Keen.“we’ve been sec­ond in ev­ery­thing else so we re­ally wanted this one.”bryant fin­ished third, in sight of Wills. For the first time in many years the Good­wood Tro­phy grid’s front row was Era-less. Five-time win­ner Mark Gil­lies sat fourth in Dick Skip­worth’s R3A, a mere 0.7s slower than Calum Lockie’s Fri­day pole time in Sean and Laura Dana­her’s Maserati 6CM, with Chris­tian Glae­sel (Alfa Romeo P3) and Tom Dark (Bu­gatti T73C) to the Scot’s left. News of 1999 vic­tor Bar­rie‘ whizzo’ williams’ spas sing on race morn­ing height­ened Gil­lies’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to add to the Lin­coln green car’s Re­vival CV, but it was not to be. Spat­tered in lu­bri­cant from early leader Dark’s unique Bug, which snagged an oil line when he spun while lap­ping Luc Brandts’s big Tal­bot-lago, Lockie dug deep to fight off the resur­gent Gil­lies to re­peat his 2016 win. Gareth Bur­nett (Alta) was a dis­tant third ahead of Glae­sel, who went over the grass with Matt Grist’s sis­ter P3 and Dun­can Rick­etts’s ERA GP1 at La­vant on the open­ing lap. When Sam Tord­off’s pole­sit­ting Porsche 356’s en­gine died at the start of the Ford­wa­ter Tro­phy pre-’56 GT race prac­tice, Dar­ren Turner (broad­en­ing his As­ton Martin experience in a pris­tine DB2) knew bet­ter than to ex­pect a free pass. The works As­ton ace thought it“quite ex­cit­ing” when the ev­er­green David Franklin (Fer­rari 225S Vig­nale) sliced past on the en­try to St Mary’s, ran out of road and skit­tered onto the grass, then had to pass Jaguar XK120 debu­tant Stuart Gra­ham, whose open car went“like a rock­et­ship in a straight line”. Driv­ing the lofty straight-six coupe im­mac­u­lately, Turner was more than chuffed to record his first Good­wood win. Tord­off carved the Porsche re­lent­lessly through the eclec­tic field to sec­ond, with Gra­ham and Franklin on his tail at the flag and om­nipresent historic racer Marc Gor­don (XK140 coupe) a fine fifth in such com­pany. Su­perb Whit­sun Tro­phy and TT per­for­mances earned the pop­u­lar and versatile Turner the cov­eted Rolex Driver of the Meet­ing watch. Dar­ren was driv­ing his V8 pro­to­type mount, Roland Lewis’s an­gu­lar tube­frame Hamill-chevro­let SR3, for the first time in qual­i­fy­ing. Mike Whi­taker (ex-john Sur­tees Lola T70) was 1.6s clear, and Turner qual­i­fied third be­tween 2016 win­ner Rob Huff (Lo­tus-oldsmo­bile 19 evo­ca­tion) and Chris Jolly’s‘su­per Cooper’t61m. As cau­tious starter Whi­taker blasted past Huff at Ford­wa­ter on lap two and romped to vic­tory –“it’s been three years of try­ing,”he said, still shak­ing – the pro­tracted duel be­tween Turner and Huff wowed on­look­ers. Hav­ing run inches apart at 150mph with mu­tual re­spect and to­tal trust, Turner snared sec­ond with a clev­erly crafted pass into the chi­cane, stac­cato ex­hausts spit­ting twin flames at the 2012 WTCC champ on the over­run. James Cot­ting­ham (Ford GT40) was a lonely fourth, with GRRC con­sul­tant Jack Tet­ley fifth in the Rofgo Col­lec­tion’s Me­com T70, clear of Tony Sin­clair, who en­dured too many mo­ments, and the GT40 tus­sle be­tween Joaquin Folch and Pe­dro Macedo Silva. Satur­day’s Fred­die March Memo­rial Tro­phy fi­nale, a Good­wood Nine Hours mi­cro­cosm, pro­vided a link to the cir­cuit’s ges­ta­tion when Martin Hunt roared the ex-tony Gaze Kan­ga­roo Sta­ble Hwm-jaguar to vic­tory. Hunt’s VPA 9 over­pow­ered four-time win­ner Dar­ren Mcwhirter’s even­tu­ally brake­less Lagonda V12 Le Mans and the Hwm­cadil­lac drag­ster of 2016’s top gun Richard Woolmer. The race was briefly neu­tralised by a safety-car pe­riod trig­gered by Alain Ruede beach­ing his Cun­ning­ham at La­vant while avoid­ing two spin­ning Maser­atis. The Rich­mond and Gor­don Tro­phies race il­lus­trated the tran­si­tion from front to rear-en­gined For­mula 1 cars. Once Sam Wil­son (ex-jim Clark/innes Ire­land Lo­tus 18) had stopped shortly af­ter leav­ing his pole slot, Lo­tus 16, Scarab and Tecmec-maserati chal­lenged the quick Coop­ers on an oily track. Af­ter a cau­tion pe­riod to clear Robs Lam­plough’s BRM Type 25, which smote the‘moss’bank ap­proach­ing St Mary’s, Nick Pad­more (Lo­tus 16) frus­trated Will Nuthall (Cooper T53), be­fore one missed gearchange was all Nuthall needed to pounce. Sixty years af­ter Jack Sears won the in­au­gu­ral Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship, his Austin A105 graced a 1958-style memo­rial race with Nick Jarvis up. John Young, Justin Law and Grant Williams howled to a Jaguar Mk1 clean sweep, with Nick Nai­smith (A105 West­min­ster) and Rich Woolmer (Jensen 541R) in breath­less pur­suit.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY J BLOX­HAM/LAT

Pirro took Fer­rari ‘Bread­van’ to vic­tory on Fri­day evening GOOD­WOOD’S UL­TRA-FAST AND UN­DU­LAT­ING PERIME­TER TRACK DE­MANDED SO MUCH more of driv­ers than ba­sic flat air­field cir­cuits un­til its clo­sure in 1966. Good­wood awoke from hi­ber­na­tion in ’98, and its ex­traor­di­nary an­nual Re­vival event re­wards the bravest, most skil­ful and can­ni­est rac­ers. From Fri­day evening’s un­ruly Kin­rara Tro­phy Pre-’63 GT show­case to Sun­day’s sen­sa­tional Sus­sex Tro­phy sportscar fi­nale – redo­lent of pe­riod Tourist Tro­phy races – the 2oth an­niver­sary event served up epic en­ter­tain­ment to track­side devo­tees, TV and global live-stream­ing au­di­ences.

Hart fam­ily Co­bra smoked the op­po­si­tion

Co­lasacco brought shock Fer­rari win over Lo­tus in Glover Tro­phy

Lockie had to fight hard to beat Gil­lies’s ERA chal­lenge

Keen charged from the tail of the grid to lead in spec­tac­u­lar Lis­ter drive

Lo­tus led Cooper un­til Pad­more missed a gear and Nuthall pounced

Turner chased Huff as Whi­taker pulled away to win Whit­sun Tro­phy

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