Kris­tensen, Shed­den, Jor­dan and Huff wow the crowds

Motor Sport News - - Front Page - By Kevin Turner


ri­tish Tour­ing Car cham­pi­ons An­drew Jor­dan and Gor­don Shed­den starred at last week­end’s 19th Good­wood Re­vival, both scor­ing hard-fought vic­to­ries.

The duo went head-to-head in Satur­day’s wet St Mary’s Tro­phy Austin A30/A35 opener. Shed­den qual­i­fied on pole from Jor­dan, whose car re­quired two en­gine changes, one of many sim­i­larly af­fected.

Jor­dan made the best start, hold­ing off tin-top leg­end Steve Soper ini­tially. Soper’s big slide at St Mary’s al­lowed Shed­den past, set­ting up a race-long duel.

With Jor­dan’s re­place­ment en­gine off song, Shed­den’s chal­lenge grew ever stronger, but the leader put his car in all the right places to hold on by 0.144 sec­onds, with Soper 1.5s adrift. “I had the best view in the house,” said Soper. “They had a fan­tas­tic race be­tween them.”

The ag­gre­gate re­sult was com­pleted by the owner/reg­u­lar driv­ers. James Dor­lin came through to win part two, helped by pole­sit­ter James Col­burn’s en­gine ex­pir­ing, but the tro­phy was fought out by those be­hind.

Soper’s co-driver Charles Knil­lJones took sec­ond, but Mike Jor­dan stayed close enough for the fa­therand-son combo to take over­all vic­tory by a sec­ond. De­spite an off, Neil Brown (in for Shed­den), rose from ninth to fourth to se­cure third over­all.

Shed­den had bet­ter luck in the RAC TT Cel­e­bra­tion. Chris Ward started their 2015-win­ning Jaguar E-type and built a 10.6-sec­ond lead be­fore pit­ting at the start of the win­dow.

Only a few other cars, in­clud­ing the chas­ing David Hart/giedo van der Garde and An­drew Smith/oliver Bryant AC Co­bras, made it in be­fore Bill Shep­herd (Co­bra) took Jo Bam­ford’s Fer­rari off into the gravel at La­vant Cor­ner, bring­ing out the safety car.

Al­though Shed­den couldn’t drop van der Garde af­ter the restart, he looked to have enough in hand un­til the E-type ran briefly off track at Wood­cote, al­low­ing the Dutch­man’s Co­bra through.

Shed­den then launched a mighty as­sault and got his chance when van der Garde ran wide in traf­fic at La­vant. The E-type went for a closing gap and clipped the in­side kerb. As he cor­rected, Shed­den nudged the rear of the Co­bra, it­self side­ways. “It hardly felt like any­thing at all,” said Shed­den, but it sent van der Garde spin­ning down to fourth.

The bat­tling Frank Stip­pler and Bryant thus stepped up to sec­ond and third, while Gary Pear­son/ Chris Har­ris (E-type) topped the un­for­tu­nate run­ners who had to stop af­ter the safety car pe­riod.

World Tour­ing Car ace Rob Huff won a soggy Whit­sun Tro­phy for pre1966 sports-pro­to­types, but had to work for it. How­ever, he was re­warded with the ‘driver of the week­end’ hon­our. Pole­man Mike Whi­taker – hav­ing a first wet run in his Lola T70 Spy­der – re­cov­ered from a spin be­fore the race started and a ten­ta­tive get­away. He passed early leader Huff on the exit of Madg­wick on lap three, but could not shake off the less pow­er­ful Lo­tus-oldsmo­bile 19 replica. Even­tu­ally the pres­sure told and Whi­taker went off at La­vant, al­low­ing Huff to win by 0.8s.

Stu­art Roach was an­other pole­sit­ter to be de­nied in the front-en­gined For­mula Ju­nior split for the Chich­ester Cup. The Alexis man lost out to Ray Mal­lock’s U2 and Chris Drake’s Ter­rier off the line, where­upon the U2 broke a rear leaf spring and re­tired. Roach then went around Drake at Wood­cote to lead.

A series of fastest laps took Roach clear, with Drake in­creas­ingly hav­ing to worry about An­drew Hib­berd (Lola) af­ter Jonathon Hughes’ sim­i­lar ma­chine wilted.

Then the Alexis broke on the penul­ti­mate lap, just as Hib­berd passed Drake. With the Ter­rier slowed by fuel and front-brake is­sues, Drake couldn’t re­spond to Hib­berd and lost sec­ond to the fly­ing Stanguellini of Joe Co­lasacco, who stormed up from P8 on the grid.

Hav­ing shot his Elva Mk7 from seventh into a 2.1s lead in two laps, Joe Twyman lost the Madg­wick Cup for un­der three-litre sport­spro­to­types af­ter the che­quer. A 20-sec­ond penalty for hit­ting Stu­art Tiz­zard’s Lo­tus 23B at the chi­cane on the fi­nal lap dropped him to fifth. Af­ter a fan­tas­tic 23B fight with An­drew Hib­berd, Andy Ne­wall wasn’t quite in range to at­tack Twyman, but was el­e­vated to vic­tor.

Tom Kris­tensen was su­perb in the new Kin­rara Tro­phy one-hour en­duro for pre-1963 GT cars.

Brought in to share Joe Macari’s Fer­rari af­ter dou­ble BTCC cham­pion Ja­son Plato’s late with­drawal, Kris­tensen qual­i­fied on pole dur­ing his first ses­sion in the car.

Macari fell back to a safe seventh, but Kris­tensen charged through to de­feat the Jaguar E-type of James Cot­ting­ham and the As­ton of Si­mon Had­field, later de­moted to fourth af­ter a clash with Henry Arun­del’s lapped Chevro­let Corvette at the chi­cane.

Martin Hunt made the run­ning in the La­vant Cup for two-litre BMW and Bris­tol-en­gined cars. The Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica driver could not, how­ever, shake off Mal­colm Har­ri­son (Cooper-bris­tol T25). When Hunt was de­layed by back­mark­ers, Har­ri­son’s bold move at Wood­cote on the fi­nal lap was de­ci­sive.

In tricky con­di­tions, Richard Woolmer han­dled the mon­strous Hwm-cadil­lac bril­liantly to win the Fred­die March Memo­rial Tro­phy for 1952-55 sportscars. He was nev­er­the­less for­tu­nate it ended early, as Rob Hall’s drift­ing ef­forts in the 1952 Good­wood 9 Hours-win­ning As­ton Martin DB3 had brought him onto Woolmer’s tail.

Ward (Lis­ter-jaguar Costin) added to his TT suc­cess in the Sus­sex Tro­phy, hold­ing off the Lis­ter ‘Knob­bly’ of Gary Pear­son through­out. James Cot­ting­ham’s To­jeiro had just over­taken Oliver Bryant’s Lo­tus 15 for third when a multi-car shunt brought the race to a pre­ma­ture con­clu­sion.

Jor­dan held off BTCC ri­val Shed­den in wet en­counter

Kris­tensen (r) was a star once again All three front-row starters in For­mula Ju­nior would hit trou­ble

Ward/shed­den (left) took con­tro­ver­sial win in the RAC TT en­duro Whit­sun Tro­phy went to Huff

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