Scarab and Lo­tus take fraught F1 vic­to­ries

Motor Sport News - - Goodwood Revival -

The Re­vival’s F1 races proved dra­matic, both be­ing de­cided in the closing stages.

Tony Wood put the unique Tec-mec on pole for the front-en­gined 2.5-litre Grand Prix cars en­counter, but events con­spired against him.

For­mer C2 sportscar cham­pion Nick Adams launched the four­wheel-drive Fer­gu­son P99 into the lead from row two, but was over­pow­ered by Ju­lian Bron­son’s Scarab ex­it­ing Madg­wick. As Adams kept Wood be­hind ap­proach­ing St Mary’s, Rob Hall’s slow-start­ing Fer­rari 246 Dino swept around both of them into sec­ond.

Wood was soon on the move, ris­ing to third be­fore the end of the lap, then en­gag­ing in a fierce duel with Hall. The Fer­rari fought hard, but ran wide at La­vant, hand­ing Wood sec­ond. The Tec-mec flew up to Bron­son and dived by into the St Mary’s left-han­der on the next tour.

The race seemed over, but an in­creas­ingly greasy track made things treach­er­ous and Bron­son stayed close. Too close, in fact, as he hit the rear of the Tec-mec when Wood slowed early for Wood­cote. The Scarab’s nose flew off, strik­ing Bron­son on the head and he backed off, fall­ing briefly to fourth be­fore press­ing on again.

At half dis­tance Wood, the re­cov­er­ing Bron­son, Adams and An­drew Wil­lis (Dino) were run­ning nose to tail at the head of the field. With two laps to go, Adams spun at Madg­wick, forc­ing Hall to take avoid­ing ac­tion, and Wood – al­ready spew­ing liq­uid – spun at St Mary’s be­fore re­tir­ing. Bron­son’s nose-less Scarab thus took an un­likely vic­tory, with Wil­lis and Hall mak­ing it a Fer­rari two-three ahead of Adams.

Nick Fen­nell has come close to win­ning the Glover Tro­phy for 1500cc 1961-’65 cars be­fore and fi­nally made his Good­wood break­through, mak­ing it six Lo­tus 25 vic­to­ries in suc­ces­sive years.

Fen­nell was third early on be­hind the Lo­tus-brm 24s of pole­sit­ter

Martin Stret­ton and leader Miles Grif­fiths. But when Stret­ton moved ahead and started to edge away Fen­nell had to at­tack. He fi­nally made it by into La­vant on lap five and closed on Stret­ton. The two swapped places sev­eral times be­fore Stret­ton ap­peared to se­cure vic­tory with a great move down the in­side into Wood­cote on what seemed like the last lap. But then Stret­ton strug­gled to get a gear start/fin­ish straight, al­low­ing Fen­nell to scream past, cross­ing the line one sec­ond re­main­ing on the clock. Stret­ton tried to re­spond, but an­other gear is­sue sent him off at St.Mary's.

Grif­fiths com­pleted the podium, ahead of pe­riod F1 racer Richard Attwood, Amer­i­can James King hav­ing his Brab­ham BT7 af­ter an­nex­ing the place.

Bron­son’s nose-less Scarab won af­ter a dra­matic Rich­mond race

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