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Ju­lian Thomas was one of the big stars of a tremen­dous week­end of his­toric rac­ing on the Sil­ver­stone Grand Prix cir­cuit as he shared his Jaguar E-type with Calum Lockie. An epic vic­tory in the Jaguar Clas­sic Challenge was so nearly backed up with a GT and Sports Car Cup win.

Rain on Satur­day and sun on Sun­day made this a week­end of two halves, and some of the clos­est fin­ishes came in Satur­day’s treach­er­ous con­di­tions. On a slightly dry­ing track, Fun Cup racer Thomas showed that he is now a match for the best of the his­toric es­tab­lish­ment.

Lockie did a typ­i­cally strong open­ing stint in the 40-minute Jaguar race be­fore Thomas took over dur­ing a lengthy mid-race safety car pe­riod. It all then came down to the fi­nal two laps as Thomas went head-to-head with E-type aces Martin Stret­ton and John Pear­son.

On the penul­ti­mate lap Thomas was el­bowed back to third but kept his nerve and used a sling­shot out of the loop to set up a dive down the inside at Brook­lands to grab the lead back from Stret­ton. They were al­most side-by­side as the cars twitched through the damp of Wood­cote, but Thomas got the ver­dict by a quar­ter of a sec­ond, with Pear­son close be­hind in third.

“That was ex­cit­ing,” said Thomas with a touch of un­der­state­ment. “It was fan­tas­tic rac­ing side-by-side with Martin be­cause you can trust him.” Stret­ton agreed: “He drove fan­tas­ti­cally well.”

On Sun­day, Lockie and Thomas could have added GTSCC spoils and Lockie had just grabbed the lead from the AC Co­bra of Leo Voy­azides and Andy Wolfe when the red flags came out with 10 min­utes to run. Brian Lam­bert had rolled his MGB at Club, for­tu­nately with­out in­jury.

The re­sults went back a lap and handed vic­tory to Voy­azides and Wolfe, who ac­cepted their good for­tune. Right in con­tention when the race was halted was the Lis­ter-jaguar of Tony Wood and Will Nuthall.

With reg­u­lar part­ner Si­mon Had­field away at his daugh­ter’s wed­ding, Voy­azides shared his Lola T286 with Wolfe for a com­mand­ing win in the Pre ’80 En­durance race. Martin O’con­nell put in a typ­i­cally de­ter­mined drive in Sandy Wat­son’s Chevron B19 and led the early laps but the Cos­worth Dfv-power of the Lola was just too much even for the for­mer F3 ace. Voy­azides duly handed the lead over to Wolfe who brought the Lola home. “That’s just the most sublime car I’ve ever driven,” said the reign­ing FIA His­toric For­mula 1 cham­pion.

Voy­azides made it an ex­cel­lent week­end by tak­ing His­toric Tour­ing Car vic­tory in his Ford Fal­con. War­ren Briggs wanted to try and go af­ter the Fal­con in his Ford Mus­tang but was oc­cu­pied with a de­ter­mined challenge from Andy Wolfe, now at the wheel of his own Lo­tus Cortina.

Thirty-nine years af­ter James Hunt won the Bri­tish Grand Prix at Sil­ver­stone, his Mclaren M26 took two more vic­to­ries in the Derek Bell Tro­phy dou­ble-header in the hands of Michael Lyons. In a shake down for this week­end’s His­toric For­mula 1 races at Brands Hatch, Lyons had his first proper taste of driv­ing the M26.

In the dry on Sun­day, An­drew Smith was never go­ing to keep the F1 car in sight in his For­mula At­lantic March 79B, but in Satur­day’s rain he kept Lyons hon­est from a spec­tac­u­lar grid of cars. In the con­cur­rent Clas­sic F3 con­tests, fa­ther and son Si­mon and Do­minik Jack­son took a win apiece.

There was more fam­ily ri­valry in the 70s Road Sports, run in slip­pery con­di­tions on Satur­day. Ju­lian Barter guested in Jim Dean’s Lo­tus Europa and was able to keep the Datsun 240Z of his fa­ther Charles at arm’s length.

Later the His­toric Road Sports de­liv­ered an­other close fin­ish as Peter Shaw just held off the fast­clos­ing John Dav­i­son in a bat­tle of the Lo­tus Elans.

With his fa­ther Stu­art rac­ing his Lo­tus 23B for the first time, George Tiz­zard had the fam­ily’s Len­ham Spy­der all to him­self for the Guards Tro­phy race and he made good use of it to over­haul the Martin O’con­nell/ Sandy Wat­son Chevron B8 and win the 40-minute race. “The car was amaz­ing; I’m just lucky to drive it,” said Tiz­zard.

Wat­son, mean­while, had to nurse a B8 that was short on tyres and brakes. “The car was ter­ri­ble by the time I fin­ished,” ad­mit­ted O’con­nell af­ter his open­ing stint.

Sam Wil­son was the class of For­mula Ju­nior in ei­ther con­di­tions and duly took a dou­ble win, al­though Cameron Jack­son was un­for­tu­nate to lose out on Satur­day when a sus­pen­sion prob­lem halted his Brab­ham. Jack Wood­house, on his Brab­ham de­but, and An­drew Hib­berd led the chase.

Fi­nally, cat­e­gory debu­tant Jon Mil­ice­vic took a com­mand­ing His­toric F3 win dur­ing the only rain of Sun­day, and Ian Pear­son and An­drew Park took the spoils in the com­bined Clas­sic and His­toric FF2000 con­test.

1 Ju­lian Thomas/ Calum Lockie (E-type); 2 Martin Stret­ton (E-type) +0.265s; 3 John Pear­son (E-type); 4 Gary Pear­son (D-type); 5 Mar­cus Graf von Oeyn­hausen (E-type). Class win­ners G Pear­son; John Bur­ton (E-type); Marc Gor­don (XK150). Fastest lap Thomas 2m39.563s (82.11mph). Pole Thomas/ Lockie. S 35.

1 Leo Voy­azides/andy Wolfe (AC Co­bra); 2 Ju­lian Thomas/ Calum Lockie (Jaguar E-type) +1.230s; 3 Will Nuthall/tony Wood (Lis­ter-jaguar); 4 Frank Stip­pler/ Mar­cus Graf von Oeyn­hausen (Jaguar E-type); 5 John Clark/ Alas­dair Mccaig (Jaguar E-type); 6 Martin Hunt/ Pa­trick Blak­eneyEd­wards (Jaguar E-type). CW Nuthall/ Wood; Jeremy Welch/ Martyn Cor­field (Austin-healey 3000); Rick Bourne/ Mal­colm Paul (TVR Gran­tura); Tim Reid/alex Mont­gomery (Lola Mk1); Ewan Ba­son/ Paul Ba­son (Lo­tus Elite). FL Thomas 2m25.526s (90.03mph). P Gary Pear­son/john Pear­son (Jaguar E-type). S 50.

1 Leo Voy­azides/andy Wolfe (Lola T280); 2 Martin O’con­nell (Chevron B19) +37.820s; 3 John Bur­ton (Chevron B26); 4 Michele Liguori (Lola T296); 5 Robert Parker (Osella PA5); 6 Nick Sleep/ Bill Wyke­ham (Lola T70 Mk3). CW O’con­nell; Bur­ton; Sleep/ Wyke­ham; David Ax­isa/ Gary Pear­son (Tiga SC79); Hans Hueb­ner (Porsche Car­rera); Bob Brooks/ Vicky Brooks (Lola T212); Chris Wil­son/ Nigel Wil­liams (Porsche 911RS). FL Wolfe 2m02.970s (106.54mph). P Voy­azides/ Wolfe. S 21.

1 Leo Voy­azides (Ford Fal­con); 2 War­ren Briggs (Ford Mus­tang) +14.446s; 3 Andy Wolfe (Ford Lo­tus Cortina); 4 Greg Thorn­ton (Ford Mus­tang); 5 Rob Fenn (Ford Mus­tang); 6 Ross Hyett (Ford Mus­tang). CW Wolfe; Endaf Owens (Mini Cooper S); Si­mon Benoy (Hill­man Imp); Roger God­frey (Austin Cooper S); David Alexan­der (Alfa Romeo Sprint GT). FL Voy­azides 2m31.508s (86.48mph). P Voy­azides. S 32.

1 Michael Lyons (Mclaren M26); 2 An­drew Smith (March 79B) +5.217s; 3 Greg Thorn­ton (Sur­tees TS11); 4 Martyn Donn (Lola T670); 5 Frank Lyons (Gur­ney Ea­gle FA74); 6 Do­minik Jack­son (March 803). CW Smith; Thorn­ton; Frank Lyons; Jack­son; Alan Cook (Mal­lock Mk20); Torgny Jo­hans­son (March 782); Glenn Eagling (En­sign LNF3); Jen­nifer Ridg­way (Rey­nard SF78). FL M Lyons 2m21.607s (92.52mph). P M Lyons. S 31.

1 M Lyons; 2 Smith +15.805s; 3 Neil Glover (Chevron B37); 4 Dean For­ward (March 782); 5 Mark Dwyer (Lola-chevro­let T330/332); 6 Paul Camp­field (Chevron B24). CW Smith; Glover; For­ward; Si­mon Jack­son (Chevron B43); Cook; Adrian Lan­gridge (Das­tle Mk10). FL M Lyons 1m57.210s (111.78mph). S32. 6 Steve Cooke (Lo­tus 7 S4). CW C Barter; Brian Jarvis (Porsche 924); Chris Fisher (MG Arkley); Mark Ben­nett (MGB); Steven Cam­plin (Lan­cia Beta Monte Carlo). FL Ju­lian Barter 2m46.159s (78.85mph). P C Barter. S 33.

1 Peter Shaw (Lo­tus Elan); 2 John Dav­i­son (Lo­tus Elan) +0.263s; 3 Robin Pearce (Mor­gan +8); 4 Kevin Kivlochan (Mor­gan +8); 5 Frazer Gib­ney (Lo­tus Elan); 6 Robert Rowe (Lo­tus Elan). CW Pearce; Kristy Brooks (Lo­tus Elan); Nik Spencer (MGB); James Owen (Tri­umph TR5); Dick Coffey (Turner Mk1). FL Shaw 3m03.639s (71.35mph). P Dav­i­son. S 24.

1 George Tiz­zard (Len­ham Spy­der); 2 Martin O’con­nell/ Sandy Wat­son (Chevron B8) +13.524s; 3 Charles Al­li­son (Chevron B8); 4 James Schryver/ Will Schryver (Chevron B8); 5 Hugh Col­man/ Mark Col­man (Chevron B8); 6 An­drew Hib­berd/ Miles Grif­fiths (Lo­tus 23B). CW O’con­nell/ Wat­son; Hib­berd/ Grif­fiths; Mark Hal­stead/ Stu­art Mcpher­son (Crossle 9S); Mike Whi­taker (TVR Grif­fith); John Dav­i­son (Lo­tus Elan); Paul Phey­sey (Lo­tus Elan); Bruce Cham­bers/ Jonathan Loader (MGB); Peter Aylett/ Steven Far­rall (GSM Delta). FL Tiz­zard 2m18.236s (94.78mph). P O’con­nell/ Wat­son. S 43.

1 Sam Wil­son (Lo­tus 20/22); 2 Jack Wood­house (Brab­ham BT6) +3.312s; 3 James Murray (Lola MK5A); 4 Alex Ames (Lo­tus 22); 5 An­drew Hib­berd (Lo­tus 22); 6 Alex Mor­ton (Light­ning En­voyette). CW Nick Fin­burgh (En­voy Mk1); Pete Mor­ton (Aus­per T3); Steve Jones (Cooper T67); Jonathan Fyda (U2 Mk3); Si­mon Durl­ing (Lo­tus 18); An­thony God­dard (Cooper T56/53). FL Wil­son 2m52.786s (75.83mph). P Cameron Jack­son (Brab­ham BT2). S41.

1 Wil­son; 2 Hib­berd +2.697s; 3 Murray; 4 Wood­house; 5 Ames; 6 Greg Thorn­ton (Lo­tus 20/22). CW Jones; Wilkin­son; An­drew Tay­lor (Cooper T59); James Owen (Gemini Mk2); Durl­ing. FL Wil­son 2m21.301s (92.72mph). P Jack­son. S37.

1 Jon Mil­ice­vic (Brab­ham BT21B); 2 Si­mon Armer (March 703) +7.499s; 3 Peter Thomp­son (Brab­ham BT21); 4 Leif Bos­son (Brab­ham BT28); 5 Steve Smith (Chevron B15C); 6 Mar­cus Mussa (Tecno). FL Mil­ice­vic 2m21.144s (92.83mph). P Mil­ice­vic. S 19.

1 Ian Pear­son (Van Diemen RF83); 2 An­drew Park (Rey­nard SF81) +4.105s; 3 Nel­son Rowe (Rey­nard SF79); 4 Marc Mercer (Van Diemen RF82); 5 Benn Simms (Rey­nard SF77); 6 An­drew Storer (Rey­nard SF79). CW Park; John Sta­ple­ton (Tui BH2); David Mar­getts (Du­lon MP21). FL Pear­son 2m12.287s (99.04mph). P Pear­son. S 26.

run off at Jim Clark Esses be­fore spin­ning out at Sunny, leav­ing Shep­herd well clear of Luke Sedzikowski and Matthew Wal­lis.

It took 10 laps of the sec­ond race be­fore Shield reeled in Shep­herd’s lead but on this oc­ca­sion the first place man re­tained the up­per­hand through­out in a close fin­ish. Sedzikowski com­pleted the podium as Andy Knowl­ton se­cured a Su­per Cooper Cup dou­ble too.

Billy Al­bone lost out at the start of both RGB races, but still fought back for a dou­ble win. Spire team-mate John Cut­more led race one and, once Al­bone had snatched sec­ond into Tower on lap two, the gap came down rapidly un­til Al­bone got by at Tower two laps from home. Scott Mit­tell was a clear third af­ter Oliver He­witt pit­ted. Matthew Hig­gin­son’s AB Arion was fourth af­ter Daniel Larner was ex­cluded for fail­ing the ride height check.

Al­though Al­bone and Cut­more shared the front row of the race two grid, He­witt’s Mit­tell split the duo to lead into Cler­vaux. He held on for three laps be­fore Al­bone went by into Tower for win num­ber two, with Cut­more and Mit­tell both fol­low­ing through at Hawthorn and Tower a lap later, leav­ing He­witt to take fourth.

With Dar­ren Ber­ris’ West­field V8 lap­ping the whole field, Ed Mckean’s BMW 325i and Mark White’s Lo­tus Elise com­pleted the Armed Forces Race Challenge podium.

Rob John­ston’s Cyana might have lost out at the start of the first Sport Spe­cials race but, once he had claimed the lead from Martin James’ Ariel Atom into Tower, he was never headed. Clive Hud­son’s Eclipse se­cured sec­ond a lap later and left James to duel for third with fel­low Atom racer Matthew El­lis. They shared a cou­ple of ex­changes be­fore James made it safe.

It was a brave move at the Com­plex in race two that se­cured Matthew Booth’s MK Indy RR a first win. Hud­son had sec­ond from lap two and made slight in­roads be­fore Booth con­sol­i­dated his ad­van­tage, while John­ston set­tled in third af­ter a great scrap with James.

Pa­trick Fletcher won both Clio 182 races. Pete Mor­gan re­tired from sec­ond place on the sec­ond lap, but Philip Wright and James Bark joined Fletcher, all three run­ning in close for­ma­tion to the flag. Mark Balmer came home in fourth place.

Bark and Fletcher were vir­tu­ally side-by-side for the first half of race two’s open­ing lap, un­til Bark slowed at the Jim Clark Esses and pulled off. Wright moved in to challenge too and was along­side into Tower on con­sec­u­tive laps but couldn’t quite nose ahead as Fletcher se­cured his sec­ond win. Balmer grad­u­ally slipped back in a safe third, with Scott Sharp fourth.

De­fend­ing For­mula Vee cham­pion Paul Smith re­mains un­de­feated this sea­son af­ter an­other win­ning dou­ble in his AHS Dom­i­na­tor. He made a first lap break in race one af­ter Alex Jones spun his Bears GAC. James Har­ridge’s Mav­er­ick led a four-car fight for sec­ond, but lost out to David Hughes’ Bears GAC on the main straight. Har­ridge con­tin­ued to lose ground, leav­ing Paul Tay­lor to com­plete the podium, with Har­ridge re­cov­er­ing fourth from Ian Jor­dan on the last lap.

Smith and Har­ridge had a cou­ple of swaps on the open­ing lap of race two be­fore Smith took a com­mand­ing lead. With spin­ners and stand­ing wa­ter, the race was red flagged and de­clared at three laps, with Har­ridge and Harry Webb join­ing Smith on the podium.

Kris­tian White fought his way past a du­elling Jim Davies and Stu­art Ni­cholls to win the first Toy­ota MR2 race. Davies led from halfway in race two to se­cure vic­tory over Lewis Ward and Michael Wells.

Carl Swift won both Civic Cup races. Jon Peer­less held off BTCC racer Sam Tord­off for sec­ond in race one, but Ben Sharpe’s Class A car snatched sec­ond in race two on the last lap from Martin James.

1 Tim Neat; 2 Ben Powney +0.58s; 3 Martin West; 4 Richard Bradley; 5 Glenn Boyer; 6 Danny An­drew. Fastest lap Powney and Lee Emm 1m45.33s (71.77mph). Pole Emm. Starters 39.

1 Jack Coveney; 2 Ian Allee +6.81s; 3 West; 4 Tim Pen­stone-smith; 5 Boyer; 6 Powney. FL Allee 1m53.73s (66.47mph). P Coveney. S 38. 1 Adam Shep­herd (BMW E46 M3); 2 Luke Sedzikowski (BMW E46 M3) +28.43s; 3 Matthew Wal­lis (BMW E46 M3); 4 John Brown (BMW E46 M3); 5 Peter Ish­er­wood (BMW E46 M3); 6 Jamie In­gram (BMW E46 M3). Class win­ner Andy Knowl­ton (Mini Cooper S). FL Carl Shield (BMW E46 M3) 1m36.21s (78.58mph). P Shep­herd. S 16.

1 Shep­herd; 2 Shield +0.44s; 3 Sedzikowski; 4 Kevin Den­gate (BMW E46 M3); 5 Brown; 6 Ish­er­wood. CW Knowl­ton. FL Shep­herd 1m34.77s (79.77mph) record. P Shield. S 16.

1 Pa­trick Fletcher; 2 Philip Wright +0.42s; 3 James Bark; 4 Mark Balmer; 5 George Wil­liams; 6 Scott Sharp. FL Wright 1m40.05s (75.56mph). P Fletcher. S 20.

1 Fletcher; 2 Wright +0.70s; 3 Balmer; 4 Sharp; 5 Nick Garner; 6 Pete Mor­gan. FL Fletcher 1m40.24s (75.42mph). P Fletcher. S 18.

1 Smith; 2 Har­ridge +6.73s; 3 Harry Webb (AHS Dom­i­na­tor); 4 Jor­dan; 5 Jamie Har­ri­son (Sheane Jor­dan); 6 Alex Jones (Bears GAC). CW Har­ridge. FL Smith 1m58.62s (63.73mph). P Smith. S 20.

Race one win­ner Nor­man Pem­ber­ton was given a 20-sec­ond time penalty af­ter start­ing in the wrong group as well as get­ting a jump start, this rel­e­gated him to fourth place be­hind Se­ber, David As­plin and win­ner from the sec­ond group Cyril Han­cock’s Fiat.

David Se­ber’s dad, Tony, then took vic­tory in the sec­ond hand­i­cap race, start­ing in the penul­ti­mate group, which started 100 sec­onds af­ter the first car.

The meet­ing also wel­comed grids from the 500 Own­ers Club, His­toric Rac­ing Driv­ers Club and the Mor­gan Three-wheel­ers. It was the Mor­gans who were first out onto the cir­cuit fol­low­ing a heavy lunchtime down­pour, but that didn’t make any dif­fer­ence to Hamish Bibby who, af­ter wins at Lo­ton Park, took vic­tory yet again.

Mark Hal­stead won the HRDC All­stars race from pole, al­though he ad­mit­ted he al­most didn’t make it, af­ter get­ting “very close to the bar­ri­ers in qual­i­fy­ing”, while Jonathan Lewis’ Austin Cooper S was 38 sec­onds ahead of the du­elling Mi­nis of Steve Jones and Tim Har­ber in the Academy and A-se­ries challenge.

Peter De La Roche was vic­to­ri­ous in the F3 500s, pi­lot­ing his Cooper MKV from third.

Thomas/lockie (91) starred in E-type

Voy­azides/wolfe won GTSCC Michael Lyons won in Mclaren

Fletcher claimed two Clio vic­to­ries

Mark Hal­stead’s Lo­tus Elan leads the HRDC All­stars field

Mike Pre­ston won Bill Phillips Tro­phy race in his Bugatti T35B

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