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Bri­tish GT fron­trun­ner Nathan Freke made his his­toric rac­ing de­but at SpaFran­cor­champs last week­end af­ter ac­cept­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to share Nick Matthews’ Austin-healey 100/4.

Freke and Matthews en­tered the Spa Sum­mer Clas­sic Three Hours last week­end in the 1954 ma­chine. Freke, who runs the suc­cess­ful Cen­tury Mo­tor­sport team in both Bri­tish GT and the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, helped the car run as high as sixth over­all in the 71-car field be­fore re­tir­ing when the dif­fer­en­tial broke with seven min­utes to run.

“What a fan­tas­tic car, and what a great ex­pe­ri­ence, I ab­so­lutely loved it,” said for­mer Bri­tish For­mula Ford cham­pion Freke. “Nick got in touch out of the blue as he wanted to test a Ginetta with Cen­tury, then we got talk­ing and he of­fered me this chance.

“The Healey re­minded me of a For­mula Ford 1600 in the way it gripped. The videos be­fore­hand showed it to be side­ways ev­ery­where and a real hand­ful, but it was ac­tu­ally quite planted. It doesn’t have a lot of power, but the brakes were very good. The big­gest dif­fer­ence was through the fast turns like Eau Rouge where you have to slow it down a lot more than the mod­ern cars I’m used to.

“His­toric rac­ing is also a dif­fer­ent mind­set. You con­stantly think twice about moves in traf­fic as you’re in a near-ir­re­place­able car, pass­ing another near-ir­re­place­able one! I’d love to do more and think Nick and I showed we can be quick con­sid­er­ing we had the old­est car in the field in the top 10.”

Freke raced Austin-healey Car re­tired near fin­ish Freke at Spa

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