It's aston versus Ferrari in Revival's newest race
One of the Revival’s most spectacular races was a new addition to Goodwood’s timetable – the Kinrara Trophy.
Open to closed-cockpit GT cars from before 1963, it combines the spirit of the circuit’s original Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy events with the thrill of headlights as darkness falls.
An interesting aside was the obligatory driver change, brought in to add an extra element, and also so that some star drivers could be included.
The race was full of action, with lots of bumper to bumper racing throughout. A safety car was called early on in the race after Adrian Wilmott’s Aston Martin DB4 pulled sideways and locked its brakes into Woodcote, slid in front of a Jaguar E-type, and spiralled off-track, coming to rest expensively in the tyre wall.
Former BTCC champ Jason Plato was due to race, but pulled out because of a back injury. Nine-times winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, Denmark’s Tom Kristensen was his substitute, and got behind the wheel of a Ferrari 250GT SWB climbing swiftly to first place where he remained, clinching the win by just 7.5 seconds – echoing the St Mary’s Trophy of 2015 where he went from last to first.
Former World Touring Car champion and avid historic racer Rob Huff finished fifth in an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato.
He says: ‘ The race is epic – there is no less than £200 million worth of classic motors on the track.’
Despite finishing in fifth place after a spirited drive with team-mate Richard Meins, Rob adds: ‘We qualified in 12th but the car really wasn’t that quick, sadly.’
Rob also won the coveted Rolex driver of the meeting award.