Motorsport News – August 21, 2019

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Williams FW06 will compete


Franchitti is back in harness


F5000 party
The XL Aurora Series races at
the Oulton Park Gold Cup this
weekend will mark the 50th
anniversary of the first European
Formula 5000 race, run at Oulton
Park at Easter 1969. Winner
that day was Peter Gethin in his
McLaren M10 while in sixth place
was the Lola T142 of US racer
Horst Kroll. That Lola will be on
the grid this weekend in the hands
of Adam Simmonds.

Cook’s debut
British Touring Car Championship
racer Josh Cook will switch to
historics this weekend to share the
TVR Griffith of Mike Gardner in the
Guards Trophy race at Oulton
Park. Cook will take the drive
normally occupied by Dan Cox
who is temporarily out of action
having broken a couple of ribs in
a mountain biking accident.

Quattro fired
After winning the Lahti Rally,
the latest round of the round FIA
European Historic Sporting Rally
Championship, the Audi quattro
of Antero Laine and Topi Luhtinen
was excluded from the results.
The car was deemed to be not
in compliance with its Historic
Technical Passport, so victory
went to the Toyota Starlet of Esa
Peltonen and Jyrki Saarto.

Weller in a March
Australian racer Stephen Weller
will take his ex-Niki Lauda March
722 Formula 2 car back to Oulton
Park this weekend, 47 years after
Lauda won the a round of the
short-lived John Player British F
Championship at the Cheshire
track in late March 1972. The car
has not been back to Oulton since
as an F2 car, but may have raced
there in 1973 when running as a
Formula Atlantic.

Simpson’s lead
After five of the eight rounds
in the Welsh Historic Rally
Championship, Ford Escort Mk
crew Mike Simpson and Dale
Gibbons have a small lead over
Dale’s father Bob (Ford Cortina
Mk2), Jason Gardner (Escort Mk2)
and Ken Davies (Volvo Amazon).
The contest continues on round
six, the Woodpecker Stages
on August 31.

Jones’ cars run
Two ex-Alan Jones cars will
contest the XL Aurora races at
the Oulton Park Gold Cup.
Australian racer Marty Bullock
is bringing his ex-Jones Williams
FW06 Formula 1 car, chassis
02 from 1978 (below), while
Richard Ellingworth’s March 74B
was used by Jones in Formula
Atlantic in Britain during the 1974
season for Harry Stiller’s team.
Jones was Formula 1 world
champion in 1980.

HISTORICS


Crew scoops first


prize for R.A.C. Rally


ASTONS HEAD UP THE CELEBRATIONS AT CASTLE COMBE


The 60th anniversary of
the 1959 Le Mans victory
for Aston Martin will be
celebrated during the eighth
Castle Combe Autumn Classic
on October 5, topped by the
second-placed DBR1/4.
A special Le Mans-themed
display will he headlined by
the car that finished second

with Maurice Trintignant
and Paul Frere.
Avon Tyres, the Aston
Martin Heritage Trust and the
Aston Martin Owners’ Club
will team up to show a range of
Aston Martins. It is probable
that the cars and tyres were
tested at Castle Combe in the
build -up to the 24-hour race.

From the 1980s will be an
example of the Aston Martin
Nimrod Group C project.
The Nimrod project folded
in 1984 when both cars were
badly damaged in one fiery
accident at Le Mans.
On show at Combe will be
one of the surviving cars
from the five originally built.

John Leckie and Jon Madoc-
Jones are the winners of
the first major prize on this
year’s Roger Albert Clark
Rally after they won half of
their entry fee back, an award
worth £1750.
The North Wales crew went
into the draw as one of more
than 70 crews to pay the full
entry fee by the end of June
and earned a 50% refund for
their challenge on the open
section of the rally in their
Proton Satria. It will be
publican Leckie’s first
attempt at the 300-stage
mile rally, which runs from
November 21-25.
From a total of 200 entry
applications, the event entry
list currently stands at a
capacity field of 165 cars.

Five go into battle for British Historic Rally Championship glory on Trackrod Rally showdown


The British Historic Rally
Championship is set for a
five-way shoot-out on the
final round, the Trackrod
Rally on September 27-28.
Following the penultimate

round on Saturday’s Ulster
Rally, Simon Webster and Jez
Rogers retained their overall
lead and take their Ford Escort
Mk2 to one of their favourite
events chasing a first BHRC

title. Webster now has a two-
point lead over Ulster winner
Stanley Orr (Escort Mk1)
but has to drop only nine
points on the Trackrod
compared to Orr, who will

need to drop 16 if he scores
well in Yorkshire.
Adrian Hetherington, Rudi
Lancaster and Joe Price and
all still have a mathematical
chance of taking the crown.

By Paul Lawrence


Six years after the IndyCar
accident that ended
his professional racing
career, Indy 500 winner
Dario Franchitti will return
to racing at the Goodwood
Revival on September 13-15.
The accident in the Grand Prix
of Houston left the Scot, 46, with
two fractured vertebrae and
he announced his retirement
from racing on medical advice,
believing that he would never
race again. However, he will
now return at Goodwood.

DOWN THE PUB


ROGER


BEVAN
Formula 2 chairman
Age: 75 Lives: High Wycombe

‘Simpson is top of the points’
Welsh Championship chase is on, below

HISTORIC ACTION FROM THE ULSTER RALLY PAGE 19


He is championship
chairman for Historic F
“We are having a record season for
Historic Sports Car Club Historic
Formula 2. We’ve had the biggest
ever grids and the response to the
championship has been amazing.
The phone never stops ringing with
enquiries.”

They raced at the
Silverstone Classic
“The Silverstone Classic is a unique
event in its size and spectacle and
we were very fortunate to go there
and show off our series in front of
such a large audience and spread
the word. It was probably even
better than we could have imagined.
The support has been amazing and
the interest continues to grow.”

It’s a great spectacle
“The racing is just fantastic and
all our drivers put on such a great
show. We want everyone to enjoy
these wonderful cars. All the cars in
the series have great provenance
and are beautifully prepared. In total,
we had 70 entries for Silverstone.”

Numbers are key
“It is fundamental to the success of
the series that we grow the pool of
available drivers. We need a strong
database. Statistically, we need a
base of 100 drivers to ensure full
grids at every event. There is a
considerable amount of travelling
involved with two rounds in the
UK and four rounds in Europe.”

More cars are coming
“There are a considerable number
of cars in preparation to join the
grid next season. Cars are coming
from all over the world and there
is even a car being prepared in
Botswana in Africa. We have a
five-class championship with five
different types of car and, in a way,
five different types of driver. We
bring all those together to make
one spectacular race.”

The calendar is vital
“We run at high profile race
meetings at the right venues in
the best company. Our ambition
is always to race at venues that
staged Formula 2 races in period.
It is a very open series and very
inclusive and we welcome any
one with a Formula 2 or Formula
Atlantic car.”

Photos: LAT, Paul Lawrence

Scot will drive a
Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Bevan is an F2 aficionado


IN BRIEF


Three-time Indianapolis winner will handle Ferrari in Revival event


DARIO’S GOODWOOD


RACING COMEBACK


The three-time Indianapolis
500 winner and four-time
IndyCar champion will compete

in the Kinrara Trophy in a
Ferrari 250 GT SWB and the RAC
Tourist Trophy Celebration in
an AC Cobra. Friday evening’s
Kinrara Trophy, believed to be
the world’s most valuable race,
features cars with a total value
in excess of £200 million racing
into the sunset.
“I’m delighted to be returning
to competition at Goodwood,”
said Franchitti. “I really thought
my racing days were behind
me but it is tough to give up
something that has been a part
of my life for so long and that
I love so much. Of course, this

won’t mean a return to front
line competition – so no Indy
500 – simply enjoying the sport
I love as an amateur.
“I would like to thank
everyone who has helped make
this possible, in particular
my family, friends and my
doctors. I’m also grateful to
the Duke of Richmond and
everyone at Goodwood for
being so supportive over
the years. Thanks to Gregor
Fisken and Hans Hugenholtz,
two great friends for allowing
me to share their wonderful
cars, I can’t wait!”

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Astons will be
the headline act

WilliamsFW06willcompete


Franchittiis backin harness


F5000party
TheXLAuroraSeriesracesat
theOultonParkGoldCupthis
weekendwillmarkthe50th
anniversaryof thefirstEuropean
Formula 5000 race,runat Oulton
Parkat Easter1969.Winner
thatdaywasPeterGethinin his
McLarenM10whilein sixthplace
wastheLolaT142of USracer
HorstKroll.ThatLolawillbeon
thegridthisweekendin thehands
of AdamSimmonds.

Cook’sdebut
BritishTouringCarChampionship
racerJoshCookwillswitchto
historicsthisweekendto sharethe
TVRGriffithof MikeGardnerin the
GuardsTrophyraceat Oulton
Park.Cookwilltakethedrive
normallyoccupiedbyDanCox
whois temporarilyoutof action
havingbrokena coupleof ribsin
a mountainbikingaccident.

Quattrofired
AfterwinningtheLahtiRally,
thelatestroundof theroundFIA
EuropeanHistoricSportingRally
Championship,theAudiquattro
of AnteroLaineandTopiLuhtinen
wasexcludedfromtheresults.
Thecarwasdeemedto benot
in compliancewithitsHistoric
TechnicalPassport,sovictory
wentto theToyotaStarletof Esa
PeltonenandJyrkiSaarto.

Wellerina March
AustralianracerStephenWeller
willtakehisex-NikiLaudaMarch
722 Formula2 carbackto Oulton
Parkthisweekend, 47 yearsafter
Laudawonthea roundof the
short-livedJohnPlayerBritishF
Championshipat theCheshire
trackin lateMarch1972.Thecar
hasnotbeenbackto Oultonsince
asanF2car,butmayhaveraced
therein 1973whenrunningasa
FormulaAtlantic.

Simpson’slead
Afterfiveof theeightrounds
in theWelshHistoricRally
Championship,FordEscortMk
crewMikeSimpsonandDale
Gibbonshavea smallleadover
Dale’sfatherBob(FordCortina
Mk2),JasonGardner(EscortMk2)
andKenDavies(VolvoAmazon).
Thecontestcontinuesonround
six,theWoodpeckerStages
onAugust31.

Jones’carsrun
Twoex-AlanJonescarswill
contesttheXLAuroraracesat
theOultonParkGoldCup.
AustralianracerMartyBullock
is bringinghisex-JonesWilliams
FW06Formula1 car,chassis
02 from 1978 (below), while
RichardEllingworth’sMarch74B
wasusedbyJonesin Formula
Atlanticin Britainduringthe 1974
seasonforHarryStiller’steam.
JoneswasFormula1 world
championin 1980.

HISTORICS


Crewscoopsfirst


prizeforR.A.C.Rally


ASTONSHEADUPTHE CELEBRATIONSATCASTLECOMBE


The60thanniversaryof
the 1959 LeMansvictory
forAstonMartinwillbe
celebratedduringtheeighth
CastleCombeAutumnClassic
onOctober5, toppedbythe
second-placedDBR1/4.
A specialLeMans-themed
displaywillheheadlinedby
thecarthatfinishedsecond

withMauriceTrintignant
andPaulFrere.
AvonTyres,theAston
MartinHeritageTrustandthe
AstonMartinOwners’Club
willteamuptoshowa rangeof
AstonMartins.It is probable
thatthecarsandtyreswere
testedatCastleCombeinthe
build-uptothe24-hourrace.

Fromthe1980swillbean
exampleoftheAstonMartin
NimrodGroupC project.
TheNimrodprojectfolded
in 1984 whenbothcarswere
badlydamagedinonefiery
accidentatLeMans.
OnshowatCombewillbe
oneofthesurvivingcars
fromthefiveoriginallybuilt.

JohnLeckieandJonMadoc-
Jonesarethewinnersof
thefirstmajorprizeonthis
year’sRogerAlbertClark
Rallyaftertheywonhalfof
theirentryfeeback,anaward
worth£1750.
TheNorthWalescrewwent
intothedrawasoneofmore
than 70 crewstopaythefull
entryfeebytheendofJune
andearneda 50%refundfor
theirchallengeontheopen
sectionoftherallyintheir
ProtonSatria.It willbe
publicanLeckie’sfirst
attemptatthe300-stage
milerally,whichrunsfrom
November21-25.
Froma totalof 200 entry
applications,theevententry
listcurrentlystandsata
capacityfieldof 165 cars.

FivegointobattleforBritishHistoricRallyChampionshipgloryonTrackrodRallyshowdown


TheBritishHistoricRally
Championshipis setfora
five-wayshoot-outonthe
finalround,theTrackrod
RallyonSeptember27-28.
Followingthepenultimate

roundonSaturday’sUlster
Rally,SimonWebsterandJez
Rogersretainedtheiroverall
leadandtaketheirFordEscort
Mk2tooneoftheirfavourite
eventschasinga firstBHRC

title.Websternowhasa two-
pointleadoverUlsterwinner
StanleyOrr(EscortMk1)
buthastodroponlynine
pointsontheTrackrod
comparedtoOrr,whowill

needtodrop 16 if hescores
wellinYorkshire.
AdrianHetherington,Rudi
LancasterandJoePriceand
allstillhavea mathematical
chanceoftakingthecrown.

ByPaulLawrence


SixyearsaftertheIndyCar
accidentthatended
hisprofessionalracing
career,Indy 500 winner
DarioFranchittiwillreturn
to racingat theGoodwood
RevivalonSeptember13-15.
TheaccidentintheGrandPrix
ofHoustonlefttheScot,46,with
twofracturedvertebraeand
heannouncedhisretirement
fromracingonmedicaladvice,
believingthathewouldnever
raceagain.However,hewill
nowreturnatGoodwood.

DOWNTHE PUB


ROGER


BEVAN
Formula2 chairman
Age: 75 Lives:HighWycombe


‘Simpson is top of the points’
Welsh Championship chase is on, below

HISTORIC ACTION FROM THE ULSTER RALLY PAGE 19


Heis championship
chairman for Historic F
“We are having a record season for
Historic Sports Car Club Historic
Formula 2. We’ve had the biggest
ever grids and the response to the
championship has been amazing.
The phone never stops ringing with
enquiries.”


They raced at the
Silverstone Classic
“The Silverstone Classic is a unique
event in its size and spectacle and
we were very fortunate to go there
and show off our series in front of
such a large audience and spread
the word. It was probably even
better than we could have imagined.
The support has been amazing and
the interest continues to grow.”


It’s a great spectacle
“The racing is just fantastic and
all our drivers put on such a great
show. We want everyone to enjoy
these wonderful cars. All the cars in
the series have great provenance
and are beautifully prepared. In total,
we had 70 entries for Silverstone.”


Numbers are key
“It is fundamental to the success of
the series that we grow the pool of
available drivers. We need a strong
database. Statistically, we need a
base of 100 drivers to ensure full
grids at every event. There is a
considerable amount of travelling
involved with two rounds in the
UK and four rounds in Europe.”


More cars are coming
“There are a considerable number
of cars in preparation to join the
grid next season. Cars are coming
from all over the world and there
is even a car being prepared in
Botswana in Africa. We have a
five-class championship with five
different types of car and, in a way,
five different types of driver. We
bring all those together to make
one spectacular race.”


The calendar is vital
“We run at high profile race
meetings at the right venues in
the best company. Our ambition
is always to race at venues that
staged Formula 2 races in period.
It is a very open series and very
inclusive and we welcome any
one with a Formula 2 or Formula
Atlantic car.”


Photos:LAT,PaulLawrence

Scotwilldrivea
Ferrari 250 GTSWB

Bevan is an F2 aficionado


IN BRIEF


Three-time Indianapolis winner will handle Ferrari in Revival event


DARIO’S GOODWOOD


RACING COMEBACK


The three-time Indianapolis
500 winner and four-time
IndyCar champion will compete

in the Kinrara Trophy in a
Ferrari 250 GT SWB and the RAC
Tourist Trophy Celebration in
an AC Cobra. Friday evening’s
Kinrara Trophy, believed to be
the world’s most valuable race,
features cars with a total value
in excess of £200 million racing
into the sunset.
“I’m delighted to be returning
to competition at Goodwood,”
said Franchitti. “I really thought
my racing days were behind
me but it is tough to give up
something that has been a part
of my life for so long and that
I love so much. Of course, this

won’t mean a return to front
line competition – so no Indy
500 – simply enjoying the sport
I love as an amateur.
“I would like to thank
everyone who has helped make
this possible, in particular
my family, friends and my
doctors. I’m also grateful to
the Duke of Richmond and
everyone at Goodwood for
being so supportive over
the years. Thanks to Gregor
Fisken and Hans Hugenholtz,
two great friends for allowing
me to share their wonderful
cars, I can’t wait!”

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