DE LA ROCHES REIGN IN THE RAIN
lovely,” enthused Richard atop the podium. Russell and Woods joined him, although Fowler was restored to third on countback after a red flag, covering marshals pushing Jolliffe’s stalled car to safety. This reprieved Kingsland, who was classified fifth ahead of Wright after a committed drive from the back.
Peter De la Roche stormed clear of Pete Morton’s gripless Lightning Envoyette in the Formula Junior race, pursued initially by Andrew Wilkinson’s Lynx. Nick Finburgh (Envoy) made a dreadful start, dropping from sixth to ninth on lap one, but recovered rapidly. Having ousted Wilkinson, Finburgh and Nick Taylor (ELVA-BMC 100) fought a feisty duel. Taylor’s bold dive into the final corner snatched a remarkable third in his front-engined machine. Title protagonists Jonathan Fyda (U2 Mk3) and Chris Alford (Elva 200) both finished the penultimate round third in class.
Expecting rain, an uncomfortable prospect in Jose Fernandez’s supercharged Alta, Sam Stretton scarpered in the Vintage Sports-car opener, winning from Mark Gillies (Aston Martin) who had shrugged off Andrew Mitchell’s agile HRG. Top qualifier by a country mile in a heavy shower, Patrick Blakeney-edwards would have loved wetter conditions but settled for a close-up fourth in his Frazer Nash ‘Owlet.’
Onlookers were oblivious from Healey Driver International poleman Jack Rawles’ progress that he had not raced a 3000 in the wet before. The Hampshire lad won both legs, beating brothers Jack and Oliver Chatham who upheld their dynasty’s honour, emulating father John’s fabled control in their shared car. David Grace “showed the testosteronecharged youngsters how to start,” bursting between them as the Union flag dropped in the finale, but third was the best the multiple race winner could hope for.
The four cylinder 100 class was equally hard-fought. Jonathan Abecassis beat spinner Nick Matthews in the opener, then gyrated himself in race two, while battling with Richard Woolmer (in Jeremy Holden’s car) and Matthews. Woolmer pipped Matthews to the post.
Despite a grassy moment at Camp in the former, Steve Boultbee Brooks repeated 2015’s FISCAR and Jon Gross Memorial Aston Martin wins in his glorious Kangaroo Stable DB3S. Twirling the tiller with abandon, Steve beat Matthews’ welldriven Healey and Kevin Zwolinski’s pendulous Jaguar XK140 in the enduro, which boasted the day’s largest grid. Nick Ruddell (DB2) was his closest rival in the marque race in which third-placed Mark Gillies (Monoposto Speed Model) again won the pre-war set’s Mort MorrisGoodall Trophy.
Disgruntled at being held in the pits for a minute during the FISCAR race, which he believed was his, Zwolinski returnedto win the Norman Dewis Trophy Jaguar race which the legendary test driver, now 96, enjoyed. After a great battle with the Mk1 saloons, all tails wagging at seemingly irretrievable angles, Zwolinski was relieved to land his first win over Richard Butterfield, whose rival Roger Cope faded when he flicked his fuel pump off.
In increasing rain, Peter Crewes built a 40 second lead in the HRDC Pre-’66 Saloon Car race, with fellow Mini Cooper S men Richard Dorlin and Paul Inch in pursuit. A five-lap safety car period, after Richard Fores went off in David Alexander’s Alfa Romeo Sprint GT at Old Paddock, undid both Crewes’ lead and his aspirations for his car’s electrics drowned leaving Quarry handing James Dorlin (in for Richard) victory over Inch and John Spiers (Lotus Cortina). The Terry Sanger Memorial Trophy was Crewes’ consolation. Gavin Watson, fourth in his 1961 Alfa Giulietta Ti, was the afternoon’s unheralded hero.
1 Richard De la Roche (Cooper-jap MKV); 2 Gordon Russell (MacksonNorton) +5.763s; 3 Mike Fowler (Cooper-norton MKV); 4 Darrell Woods (Cooper-norton Mk12); 5 David Kingsland (Staride-norton Mk3); 6 Stuart Wright (Cooper-jap MKXI). Class winners Woods; JB Jones (Jlr-triumph). Fastest lap De la Roche 1m32.506s (71.99mph). Pole Brian Jolliffe (Cooper-jap MKVIII). Starters 20.
1 Peter De la Roche (BMC Mk2); 2 Pete Morton (Lightning Envoyette) +24.294s; 3 Nick Taylor (Elva 100); 4 Nick Finburgh (Envoy Mk1); 5 Andrew Wilkinson (Lynx T3); 6 Andrew Taylor (Cooper T56. CW Morton; Taylor; Finburgh; Gregan Thruston (Lotus 20). FL De la Roche 1m33.831s (70.97mph). P De la Roche. S 17.
1 Sam Stretton (Alta Sports); 2 Mark Gillies (Aston Martin Monoposto Speed Model) +23.280s; 3 Andrew Mitchell (HRG 1½-litre); 4 Patrick Blakeney-edwards (Frazer Nash ‘Owlet’); 5 Mark Brett (Ballamy Ford V8 Special); 6 David Lewis (Alvis Firebird Special). CW Gillies; Brett; Simon Edwards (Morgan Super Aero). FL Stretton 1m30.920s (73.25mph). P Blakeney-edwards. S 18.
1 Jack Rawles (3000); 2 Jack Chatham (3000) +1.509s; 3 David Grace (3000); 4 Julian Bronson (3000); 5 Jonathan Abecassis (100); 6 Nick Matthews (100). CW Abecassis; John Tewson (Sprite). FL Chatham 1m21.880s (81.33mph). P Rawles. S 15. Woolmer; Tewson. FL Rawles 1m35.242s (69.92mph). P Rawles. S 13.
1 Steve Boultbee Brooks (Aston Martin DB3S); 2 Nick Matthews (Austin-healey 100) +30.222s; 3 Kevin Zwolinski (Jaguar XK140); 4 Geoff Ottley (Jaguar XK120); 5 Jonathan Abecassis/ Richard Woolmer (Austin-healey 100); 6 Patrick Blakeney-edwards/ Martin Hunt (Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica) FL Boultbee Brooks 1m.35.109s (70.02mph). P Boultbee Brooks. S 39.
1 Richard and James Dorlin (Austin Cooper S); 2 Paul Inch (Mini Cooper S) +11.968s; 3 John Spiers (Ford Lotus Cortina); 4 Gavin Watson (Alfa Romeo Giulietta Ti); 5 Peter James/ Alan Letts (BMW 1800Ti); 6 Chris Clarkson (Ford Falcon Sprint). CW Watson; Clarkson; Andy Wallace/ Nigel Webb (Jaguar Mk2); Bruce Chapman (Austin A35 Academy); John Yea (Austin A40); Graham & Alastair Love (Jaguar Mk7). FL Peter Crews (Austin Cooper S) 1m33.106s (89.16mph). P Dorlin/ Dorlin. S 32. 1 Steve Boultbee Brooks (DB3S); 2 Nicholas Ruddell (DB2/4) +12.897s; 3 Mark Gillies (Monoposto Speed Model); 4 Chris Woodgate (DB MKIII); 5 Sam Stretton (Alta Sports); 6 Brian Arculus (Lotus IX). Pre-war Gillies. Inv Stretton. FL Boultbee Brooks 1m41.127s (65.85mph). P Boultbee Brooks. S 13.