Lockie ends 10-year ERA win­ning run

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Calum Lockie’s joy­ous fly­ing dis­mount from Sean and Laura Dana­her’s Maserati 6CM spoke vol­umes. Al­though he started from pole, from Fri­day’s dry prac­tice, the Scot’s su­perla­tive Good­wood Tro­phy vic­tory broke a 10-year drought for the mar­que. Not since 2006, when Germany’s Ste­fan Scholl­woeck won in a sis­ter car, had the Mo­de­nese tri­dent been sharp enough to burst English Rac­ing Au­to­mo­biles’ bub­ble.

Five of those nine ERA vic­to­ries were notched by Mark Gil­lies in R3A but his quest to be­come the first six-time win­ner of a Re­vival fea­ture was ill-starred. The green ma­chine ca­reered into the corn at St Mary’s early in qual­i­fy­ing, yet the Us-domi­cied Bri­ton re­cov­ered to grid sec­ond be­tween the sil­ver Maserati #1556 – pe­riod mount of French-ar­gen­tine Ge­orge Raphael Bethenod de las Casas, aka ‘Raph’ – and Chris­tian Glasel (Alfa P3).

Lockie’s hopes of a dry race were dashed when driz­zle greeted Satur­day’s start. He de­parted boldly, but Gil­lies was ahead in­side a lap and twitched away. Ex­hibit­ing fin­ger­tip con­trol as ri­vals tip-toed in wors­en­ing rain, Mark was 11 sec­onds up af­ter four laps when a spark plug oiled-up. He dived for the pits where James Rick­etts changed it, but his charge from 16th to ninth was punc­tu­ated by a La­vant spin.

New leader Lockie was be­ing reeled by Michael Gans (ERA R1B) who had slith­ered past Matt Grist (Alfa P3) with the ballsy Tom Dark (Bu­gatti T73) in tow. Ir­ish­man Paddins Dowl­ing, whose ex-peter White­head ’38 Aus­tralian Gp-win­ning ERA R10B stalled as the Union Jack fell, tore through the field there­after, catch­ing the lead­ers hand-over-fist in his 1500cc steed.

In Gans’ angst to land gold he tripped over Ju­lian Wil­ton’s ERA R7B (ex-arthur Dob­son) into the chi­cane and spun, fall­ing to fifth be­hind Grist, Dark and To­pliss and land­ing a 10 sec­ond penalty. Dowl­ing leapfrogged Gans and, on the fi­nal lap, wrested fourth from Nick To­pliss in ERA R4A, Pat Fair­field’s ’37 Rand (South African) GP win­ner.

But the day be­longed to Lockie and the Sam Jor­dan-pre­pared Maserati. “I had to mon­i­tor how hard to push, how much risk to take, but in the four years I’ve raced this car it’s never run bet­ter,” he en­thused.

Lockie won in Maserati as the rapid ERAS were fi­nally de­feated

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