‘Some Austins are more equal than oth­ers’

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

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.

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