DP212 stars at Silverstone
PROJECT CAR’S TT WIN IS HIGHLIGHT OF CLASSIC ACTION
AS SUMMER FINALLY WARMED UP, so did the racing. AMOC’S long-running Intermarque series has seen increasingly rapid action, with German machinery often to the fore, but at Snetterton the thundering AM V8 of Watts and Giordanelli gave valiant chase to finish 5th. Meanwhile, the oldest car in the race, Martin Melling’s lightweight DB4, was right on the modern cars’ pace, finishing 9th with Alan Minshaw sharing the helm.
On the same grid, the GT4 Challenge featured no fewer than six sublime Aston GT4S. The always-quick Chris Kemp was third overall, but behind him was a very close scrap between the GT4 of Robert and David Tinn, pipping by less than half a second the similar car of Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer and chief engineer Matt Becker. At least one of them was having a break from the desk job!
The late-july Silverstone Classic has become an international festival of huge stature, and the RAC Tourist Trophy race for pre-1963 cars saw an immense 56 cars qualifying. On pole was the veteran of Le Mans 1962, Project car DP212. In such competitive racing it’s heartening that Wolfgang Friedrichs takes this unique and important Aston onto the track and here he showed just what a special car it is. DP212 was swamped at the start and fell down the order, but as the race ran and pit-stops played their part the situation was reversed. Co-driver Simon Hadfield was set to take the flag before a late spin dropped him to 2nd, but this was changed to 1st after the winning Ferrari was penalised. There were also good showings by the DB4 GT of Urs and Arlette Müller and Nick Naismith’s DB4, which finished a most impressive 7th overall.
No fewer than five Speed models graced the Kidston Pre-war Race, Peter Dubsky and Paul Chase-gardener enjoying a close tussle. Dubsky was 11th overall in a big field, providing a reminder of just how effective the Speed Model was after the Ulster had had its hey-day.
AMOC racing returned at Brands Hatch in August. A traditional staggered start for the Pre-war Challenge saw Keith Piper’s 1930 International lead for much of the race but, after the handicap sort-out, it was the 15/98 of Dubsky that took top Aston honours. The GT Challenge endurance race closed the programme and, after many off-track excursions, settled down to a tight battle between the GT4S of Robin Marriott and Tom Black. A terrific tussle ended after 50 minutes with Marriott ahead by just .6 of a second!
Fom the top DP212 leads the TT field at Silverstone; Peter Dubsky’s Speed model, and Intermarque action from Snetteron