TEENAGE RAC­ERS

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The myth that historic mo­tor sport is all about grey hair and ex­pand­ing waist­lines was once again de­bunked in 2016, and three driv­ers re­ally stood out at the fore­front of go­ing fast in cars that pre-date them by decades.

When the sea­son started, Benn Tilley and Ed Thurston were only 16 and James Clarke was still wait­ing for his 16th birth­day. By the end of the sea­son, all three had made their mark with the HSCC; Tilley and Thurston in Historic For­mula Ford and Clarke in Historic Tour­ing Cars.

Tilley was the rev­e­la­tion of Historic FF1600 de­spite a cou­ple of ac­ci­dents that in­ter­rupted his sea­son and de­pleted his mea­gre funds. His fa­ther Stu­art is a proper racer and did much of the work on a Mer­lyn loaned by Si­mon Had­field, who knows a bright young tal­ent when he sees one.

Thurston switched from kart­ing to run an Elden in Fford and showed ex­cel­lent form, while Clarke, once he turned 16 in April, made a fine im­pres­sion in a Lotus Cortina drive ar­ranged by his men­tor Dave Beecroft. Clarke split his sea­son with a Club­mans cam­paign and gave a very good ac­count of him­self in both.

Tilley was a star in For­mula Ford

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