Hum­ble Austins to be raced by su­per­stars in Re­vival head­line event

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Mo­tor rac­ing greats will do bat­tle in Austin A35s in the St Mary’s Tro­phy at the Good­wood Re­vival on 9-11 Septem­ber.

This year’s Tro­phy grid has the top four driv­ers of the cur­rent Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship as well as 24 Hours of Le Mans and For­mula 1 win­ners.

In­ter­na­tional su­per­stars in­clude driv­ers from the world of BTCC like Ja­son Plato and An­drew Jor­dan as well as ex­pe­ri­enced rac­ers An­thony Reid, Stu­art Gra­ham, Robb Gravett, Mike Jor­dan, Rob Huff, Paul Ra­disich and Steve Soper. In ad­di­tion, the most suc­cess­ful 24 Hours of Le Mans win­ner and last year’s St Mary’s Tro­phy win­ner Tom Kris­tensen will be aim­ing to re­claim first place. The 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans win­ner Mark Blun­dell, 1985 In­di­anapo­lis 500 win­ner Danny Sul­li­van, 2009 Le Mans Win­ner David Brab­ham and for­mer For­mula 1 driv­ers David Coulthard and Jean Alesi will also be com­pet­ing with Austins.

The Tro­phy is nor­mally open to pro­duc­tion-based saloon cars of a type raced be­tween 1950-1959. This year the field has been nar­rowed down to ex­clu­sive use of two-door A35 saloons.

Thirty will be tak­ing part and all have been built to the same His­toric Rac­ing Driv­ers Club Acad­emy spec­i­fi­ca­tion us­ing iden­ti­cal parts from sup­plier Mo­tor­build. Each comes with an 85bhp 1275cc A+ en­gine and an MG Midget 1275 gear­box, dampers, brakes, mas­ter cylin­ders, fuel tank, ra­di­a­tor, front and rear springs. The St Mary’s A35s also have glass­fi­bre bon­nets and wings.

Last year’s first part of the St Mary’s Tro­phy was bat­tled out be­tween 2013 BTCC Cham­pion An­drew Jor­dan, and 2015 BTCC Cham­pion Gor­don Shedden, be­fore Tom Kirstensen mus­cled in late on in the race. Jor­dan and Shedden are both keen to win this year.

Jor­dan says: ‘It’s re­ally nice to have a car that works with you. You can feel it all mov­ing around and it teaches you me­chan­i­cal sym­pa­thy. I can­not wait to see 30 of these on the grid.’

Shedden adds: ‘ The A35s are crack­ing lit­tle cars and I would imag­ine the race will be ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive. It could be the mo­tor race of the year.’

The small Austin saloons of­fer dra­matic mo­ments like this at the Re­vival in 2014.

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