Cham­bers es­capes Good­wood smash


Reign­ing Bri­tish Tour­ing

Car cham­pion Ash Sut­ton made his historic rac­ing de­but at the Good­wood

Re­vival last week­end and al­most took vic­tory.

The BMR Subaru driver shared Pete Cham­bers’s Ford Lo­tus Cortina in the St Mary’s Tro­phy for 1960-66 pro­duc­tion sa­loons. He qual­i­fied on pole with a 1m30.023s lap, beat­ing Andrew Jor­dan’s sim­i­lar

Jor­dan Rac­ing Team-pre­pared ma­chine by 0.308 sec­onds.

The 24-year-old made a poor start to Satur­day’s race and fell to fourth, but re­gained the lead only for a half-shaft fail­ure to put him out with three laps to go.

“It’s mega to drive and I’ve loved ev­ery sec­ond,” said Sut­ton, who set the fastest lap of the race at 1m30.574s. “It’s just get­ting used to the car mov­ing around and learn­ing the limit of the tyres.

“When you go door to door, op­po­site-lock­ing and you’ve got syn­chro­nised drift­ing, it’s good.”

Al­though Sut­ton has no fur­ther historic out­ings planned, he wants to re­turn. “I’d like to do more – if I get the in­vite I’ll be back,” he said.

Jor­dan, who helped get Sut­ton the drive, said: “He’s a good guy and I’d love to have him back in one of our cars.”

The red Cortina was fixed for the sec­ond St Mary’s race on Sun­day. Cham­bers was run­ning in the top 10 when he was launched into a dra­matic, mul­ti­ple-roll ac­ci­dent at the St Mary’s right-han­der (see above and below).

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