Touring Cars Take Centre Stage On Terrific Tin-Top Sunday
Six decades of tin-top racing are being celebrated on a grandstand final day for the spectacular 2018 Silverstone Classic with an astounding assortment of parades and exhibitions to accompany a packed programme of riveting racing.
With four of the day’s ten races dedicated to saloon car competition on what is being dubbed Tin-Top Sunday, the bumper grids feature a wealth of high-profile championship-winning drivers battling it out for Silverstone Classic silverware.
Among these was Rob Huff, who lived up to his status as one of today’s foremost touring car drivers by partnering Andy Wolfe to a dominant victory in the Gallet Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars (U2TC). Driving the Ford Lotus Cortina, 2012 World Touring Car Champion Huff made an indelible contribution towards the pairing’s 16secs win over Andrew and Maxim Banks in their Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA.
Earlier on, the Historic Formula Juniors got the day’s racing underway with Sam Wilson collecting his second victory of the weekend to lift the Jochen Rindt Trophy for cars in period 1961-1963 driving his Lotus 20/22, while Cameron Jackson produced an exemplary performance to scythe his way to second place from 50th on the grid. This was followed by the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars with Gary Pearson claiming victory in his Jaguar D-type from the Cooper T38 of Frederic Wakeman and Patrick Blakeney-Edwards.
The Historic Formula Junior (1958-1960) class returned to battle it out for the coveted John Surtees Trophy as Andrew Hibberd bounced back from a disappointing result on Saturday to turn pole position into victory in his Lola Mk2, less than a second ahead of race one winner Will Mitcham.
The Historic Touring Car Challenge brought the schedule up to lunchtime with father and son pairing Nick and Harry Whale in their BMW M3 E30 prevailing to win after a series of thrilling battles up and down the order, ahead of Mark Smith and Arran Moulton-Smith in a sister M3 and Ric Wood’s Ford Capri.
With a passionate crowd enjoying the spectacle across the venue, the morning’s activity was interspersed by an eye-catching array of car parades resplendent with beautiful machinery throughout the ages.
These included the Retro Run Parade and the eclectic British Leyland 50th and Sprite 60th anniversaries and a return of the World GP Bike Legends starring the likes of Wayne Gardner, Freddie Spencer and Phil Read, while the infield entertainment continued with Mike Brewer’s Clinics presented by Haynes Publishing, carnival rides and racing simulators.
The automotive delights continue into the afternoon, including the much anticipated BTCC 60th anniversary parade, featuring an abundance of saloon cars that have raced in enduringly popular series over the years.
This is followed by the JET Super Touring Car Trophy and the Transatlantic Trophy for Pre ’66 Touring Cars, plus the second appearance this weekend of the FIA Masters Formula One, Masters Endurance Legends and the Adrian Flux Trophy for Pre’ 66 Grand Prix Cars (HGPCA).
Race Results [Sunday Morning]:
Jochen Rindt Trophy for Historic Formula Junior (1961-1963)
- Sam Wilson (Lotus 20/22) 9 laps (93.43mph)
- Cameron Jackson (Brabham BT2) +11.962s
- Peter Morton (Lightning Envoyette) +17.855s
Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy for Pre ’56 Sports Cars
- Gary Pearson (Jaguar D-type) 20 laps (87.22mph)
- Frederic Wakeman / Patrick Blakeney-Edwards (Cooper T38) +5.289s
- Richard Wilson / Martin Stretton (Maserati 250S) +1m 03.867
Gallet Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars (U2TC)
- Rob Huff / Andy Wolfe (Ford Lotus Cortina) 20 laps (86.56mph)
- Andrew Banks / Maxim Banks (Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA) +16.701s
- Neil Brown / Richard Dutton (Ford Lotus Cortina) +55.788
John Surtees Trophy for Historic Formula Junior (1958 1960)
- Sam Wilson (Lola Mk2) 9 laps (89.07mph)
- Will Mitcham (U2 Mk2) +0.838s
- Chris Drake (Terrier Mk4 Series 1) +6.383s
Historic Touring Car Challenge
- Harry Whale / Nick Whale (BMW M3 E30) 18 laps (92.45mph)
- Mark Smith / Arran Moulton-Smith (BMW M3 E30) +5.361s
- Ric Wood (Ford Capri) +29.263s