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
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.
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