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).