It's as­ton ver­sus Fer­rari in Re­vival's new­est race

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

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.

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