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Jump­ing from His­toric Sports Car Club His­toric For­mula Ford 1600 – in which he landed reg­u­lar podium fin­ishes in 2016-17 – to Clas­sic FF1600 brought the de­served break­through for Benn Tilley last year against stiff com­pe­ti­tion.

The Lin­colnshire lad, who turned 19 in Oc­to­ber, dom­i­nated the Pre-’82 cham­pi­onship with nine wins from 14 races in Mandie Had­field’s Mer­lyn Mk20, his suc­cess mir­ror­ing fa­ther Stu­art’s Pre-’74 ti­tle in 1992.

“Part of the rea­son for switch­ing was cost,” says 2017 Fju­nior stand­out Tilley. “Fewer rounds meant less cost, but it was still hugely com­pet­i­tive. Par­tic­u­larly against Rick Mor­ris; at 71 he is a very tough cookie to crum­ble.”

Life­long rac­ing nuts Benn and fa­ther

Stu­art spent their shoe­string bud­get wisely, pre­par­ing the car them­selves. Tilley Sr also helped EX-BRM ap­pren­tice Paul

Fisher keep the en­gine sharp.

Their quandary is how to progress in 2019. “There are op­tions,” says Tilley, “but spon­sors – ab­so­lutely vi­tal to us – want TV cov­er­age!”

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