DP212 stars at Sil­ver­stone

PROJECT CAR’S TT WIN IS HIGH­LIGHT OF CLAS­SIC AC­TION

VANTAGE - - Bulletin | Classic Motorsport - WORDS STEPHEN ARCHER

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!

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SIL­VER­STONE CLAS­SIC/NICK ED­WARDS

Fom the top DP212 leads the TT field at Sil­ver­stone; Peter Dub­sky’s Speed model, and In­ter­mar­que ac­tion from Snet­teron

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