West Sussex County Times
Padmore holds firm to win at Silverstone
Nick Padmore has waited a long time, like most of the motor racing fraternity, for the start of the 2021 season.
Having had one all too brief outing in a Chevron B21 that dates back to 1972, in a Masters Historic Sports Car race at Donington back in early April, he was looking forward to racing his selfprepared Mini.
The Horsham-based racer was at Silverstone two weekend ago, racing on the International Circuit, for the start of the Mini Miglia Championship.
Padmore is an experienced racer, having won the FiA Masters Historic F1 Championshipthreetimesin addition to being the current outright lap record holder at Goodwood, and races this car when he gets the chance between other racing commitments and qualified second on the grid for Saturdays’ 20 minute race.
When the lights went out to signal the start of the race, Padmore grabbed the lead and led the pack around the opening lap.
Partway round the second lap, the second-placed car slipstreamed past at the end of the long hangar Straight, demoting Padmore to second.
The lead changed three times during the third lap, with Padmore leading at the first corner and again by the end of the lap.
But at the start of lap five Padmore was squeezed wide at the first corner as the leaders lapped a slower car and that dropped him to third.
At the end of that lap, he
was eased down to fourth but he soon regained the place.
By the start of the last lap Padmore was down to fifth and, despite attempts to regain places, fifth was his position at the chequered flag - less than a second behind the winner.
The second race of the weekend was held on Sunday.
Starting third on the grid, he initially ran in fifth which became fourth by seven minutes into the 20 minute race.
After eight minutes of racing, Padmore had improved his position to second.
With just three minutes left to run, he grabbed the lead. Padmore still led as they started their last lap, with the lead now being disputed by just three cars as the others had slipped further behind.
But Padmore held firm and took the chequered flag a couple of tenths of a second clear having also set the fastest lap of the race on lap six of the 16 completed within the 20 minute duration.