‘Some Austins are more equal than others’
This year’s St Mary’s Trophy was hit by controversy as some drivers complained that not all cars on the grid were equal.
For 2016, the St Mary’s Trophy was intended to feature mechanically identical Austin A30s and 35s. However, a number of competitors made it clear they thought a few cars had been given clear advantages.
Former F1 driver and 1992 24 Hour of Le Mans winner Mark Blundell who finished fourth in Saturday’s race says: ‘ They’re supposed to be equal cars. Look at the grid of drivers and their abilities and then look at the speed in the cars. Then can you tell me what the difference is?’ But third place finisher and current BTCC champ Gordon Shedden disagreed. He says: ‘All the cars have the same bits – it’s just down to how you put them together.’
Former F1 driver Mark Blundell in the St Mary’s Trophy paddock.