Silverstone Historic Festival

Last weekend saw the HSCC Historic Festival take place at Silverstone. The popular event drew a large entry, a highlight was former Le Mans winner Richard Atwood take to the wheel of a Porsche 928 in conjunction with Porsche Cars GB to celebrate the 40th year of the 928. Atwood eventually brought the 928 home in 3rd place and plans to make improvements to the car ready for the next race at Cadwell Park.

Richard Tarling proved successful in a very wet Historic Formula Ford race the conditions giving him the distinct advantage, but only narrowly beating Michael O Brien who came in second with Ben Simms in third place.

In Formula Junior Sam Wilson did the double, while Richard Smeeton took third place in both races. 16 year old Benn Tilley who made his impressive debut in Formula Junior at Donington Park in April, withdrew from the race after his Lotus 22 was found to have a cracked engine block. While in the Derek Bell Trophy Richard Evans also took a resounding win in both races in his March 742.

Andrew Kirkaldy, a replacement for Martin O Connor who was racing at Spa, won both the Pre 80’s Endurance and the Guards Trophy.  Kirkaldy joined team owner Sandy Watson at the wheel of the Chevron B8 in the Guards Trophy and kept a healthy lead on the rest of the field allowing Watson to build on that, finishing the race 10 seconds ahead of Steve Brooks and Robert Beebee in their Chevron B8. WEC_9648Completing the podium 20 seconds behind the leader was James Schryver also in the Chevron B8, a car that continues to dominate in the 43 year old championship.

In the Pre 80’s Endurance Challenge Kirkaldy took the win in the Chevron B19. Kirkaldy who is a former British GT Champion and Formula 3 driver dominated the hour long race finishing 2 minutes ahead of Philip Hall in the Lola T212,

with the pairing of James and Andrew Schryver taking 3rd place in the Chevron B26.

Robert Bremner, Daniel Bremner and Anthony Reid took the top of the podium in the GT and Sports Car Cup after Phil Keen’s throttle broke on the final lap, he also incurred two minute long penalty stops as he was driving solo.


Allison Remzi          

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