OUR RE­PORT FROM THE DON­ING­TON HIS­TORIC FES­TI­VAL

DON­ING­TON PARK: HSCC APRIL 30-MAY 2

Motor Sport News - - Historics - BY PAUL LAWRENCE Photos: Mick Walker

Calum Lockie and Michael Gans went wheel-to-wheel in 1930s Grand Prix cars in a com­pelling Nu­volari Tro­phy race, just one of the high­lights of the Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val.

In cel­e­bra­tion of Don­ing­ton’s post­war his­tory, the HGPCA put to­gether a fine grid for the pair of races and the end re­sult was a win apiece for Lockie’s Maserati 6CM and Gans at the helm of ERA R1B.

Satur­day’s race ran on a damp and oily track and Gans got the up­per­hand as Lockie strug­gled even more for grip. But it was Sun­day’s race that re­ally grabbed the head­lines as they bat­tled on a dry track. Lockie got the jump off the line and Gans spent a lap or two bat­tling with Nick To­pliss in ERA R4A. Once clear, he closed down the Maserati and dived ahead only for for­mer Bri­tish GT cham­pion Lockie to re­tal­i­ate and grab the ad­van­tage back.

It was nip and tuck as they threaded through traf­fic, but Lockie held it by lit­tle more than half a sec­ond. “It was a very ex­cit­ing race and to­tally safe,” said Lockie af­ter a qual­ity con­test. “A hell of a lot of fun,” added Gans.

An­drew Smith blitzed the open­ing His­toric F2 races to take a com­mand­ing dou­ble win in his For­mula At­lantic March 79B. On Satur­day he made the bold decision to go on slicks on a still damp track and it paid off in spades as the wet-tyred driv­ers fell away when the track con­tin­ued to dry.

On Sun­day, Smith was headed into the open­ing laps by im­pres­sive F2 debu­tant Dean For­ward (March 782) but the con­test was short-lived as For­ward lost third gear and any chance of fend­ing off Smith. For­ward still held sec­ond as Chris Lillingston-Price starred by charg­ing his Chevron B40 up to third af­ter spin­ning to dead last at the Old Hair­pin on the first lap.

As re­cov­ery drives go, Si­mon Had­field’s vir­tu­oso stint in the Pre1980 En­durance race was one of the best. At the head of the race, Michele Liguori (Lola T292) was gifted a big lead when Leo Voy­azides (Lola T282) and Martin O’con­nell (Chevron B19) clashed in early bat­tling. The Chevron was out with sus­pen­sion dam­age and Voy­azides headed for the pits with a bro­ken wheel.

Voy­azides then started the re­cov­ery from two laps down be­fore hand­ing over to Had­field, who fired the Cos­worth Dfv-pow­ered Lola around in a glo­ri­ous half-hour dis­play. They were eas­ily up to sec­ond and fin­ished within half a minute of Liguori, who eased his pace and then stopped on the slow­ing down lap with a sus­pected loss of fuel pres­sure. “Half an hour of fab­u­lous en­joy­ment in a su­perb car on a great cir­cuit,” said Had­field.

Richard Dut­ton gave his all in a mighty pur­suit of the lead­ing Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia Sprint in the U2TC race but broth­ers An­drew and Max Banks al­ways had the edge over the Cortina that Neil Brown started be­fore hand­ing over to Dut­ton. David Tom­lin saw off Dion Kre­mer in a Lo­tus Cortina bat­tle for third.

Sadly, the three-hour race for the 1000km se­ries fea­tured only a 11-car grid at the end of Satur­day af­ter­noon and was dom­i­nated by the con­tin­u­a­tion Lola T70 Mk3bs of fa­ther and son Paul and Daniel Gib­son. Paul, with Chris Ward, beat Daniel and James Lit­tle­john by only six sec­onds.

Chris Ward also won the open­ing round of the His­toric Tour­ing Car Chal­lenge, shar­ing the JD Clas­sics Ford Capri with Steve Soper. From a big field, Mark Smith and David Cuff led the chase in Smith’s BMW M3.

The Wood­cote Tro­phy was an ab­sorb­ing hour-long con­test as Gary Pear­son (Jaguar D-type) just held a re­duc­ing ad­van­tage over the Cooper-Jaguar T38 of Fred Wake­man/pa­trick Blak­eney-ed­wards. The gap was un­der three sec­onds at the flag.

Colin No­ble Ju­nior made an im­pres­sive Su­per Tour­ing de­but with a classy vic­tory in the open­ing race de­spite the very best ef­forts of de­fend­ing cham­pion Ste­wart Whyte. The Honda racer chased hard and was right on No­ble’s bumper at the flag, but the new­comer held his nerve well un­der pres­sure. On Mon­day, Whyte won as No­ble hit trou­ble and Pa­trick Watts bounced back from a non-fin­ish in race one to take sec­ond in his Peu­geot 406.

The Jaguar Clas­sic Chal­lenge kicked off a fresh sea­son with a first ma­jor win at this level for Ju­lian Thomas, who shared with Calum Lockie to see off a very strong field of E-types.

Two su­perb HRDC grids de­liv­ered some thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing rac­ing and wins for Lo­tus Cortina hard-charger David Tom­lin in the Coys Tro­phy and Mike and An­drew Jor­dan, who over­came mid-race rain and a grav­elly mo­ment to win the Tour­ing Greats race.

In a very full week­end, more sportscar wins went to Fred Wake­man/pa­trick Blak­eney-ed­wards in the Mad Jack Tro­phy for Pre-war Cars and Chris Ward (Lis­ter Costin) in the Stir­ling Moss Tro­phy.

Lockie and Gans bat­tled for wins

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