Vintage stuff as Blakeney-Edwards secures victory at Snetterton
PUBLISHED: 08:20 21 September 2017
© Ellen Tunstall
Patrick Blakeney-Edwards overcame a tardy start to the headline Seaman, Flockhart & Williams Trophies race at Snetterton to secure victory at the Vintage Festival meeting.
Fast Freddie Harper made the best start from the slippery grid, but was quickly demoted by Julian Majzub, whose Bugatti Type 35 soon rolled to a halt. Harper, in his Kurtis Indy Roadster, then tried to fight off the recovering Blakeney-Edwards without success, but did repel Eddie Gibbs’ attempts to displace him from second place.
Iain Stewart broke a 20-year wait as the Morgan three-wheel racer finally claimed a victory, but he only just held on to the win as Sue Darbyshire’s late charge narrowly failed in the Standard & Modified Pre-War Cars encounter.
Blakeney-Edwards had to make up for another sluggish start from pole position in the Pre-War Sports Cars event to unseat fast-starting Dougal Cawley, with Edward Williams also demoting the GN/Piglet racer.
Kelvin New was the early leader in the Archie Scott Brown Trophy race, but the well-driven Lotus Elite of Colin Elstrop found a way past and just as New was lining up to retake the position, mistakenly pitted, before resuming to secure second.
Eddie Gibbs controlled the Pre-War Scratch race from the first corner but needed all of his race craft to keep the faster Ian Baxter behind, helped when the latter made a late slip at Chapman
The opening handicap event went the way of scratch racer Tony Seber, who unsteated Roger Tushingham at the final corner after starting 75 seconds behind his rival for the four-lap thrash.
George Allen-Elbourn drove flat out for the five laps of the Riley Handicap race to triumph while scratch racer Robert Cobden was able to take the final podium place away from Andrew Baker as the pair raced to the finish line.
Pole sitter for the Intermarque Challenge race Julian Grimwade couldn’t overcome a poor start as Eddie Gibbs powered into the lead which he kept until the chequered flag. In the final handicap event Ian Baxter’s Alta 61 powered past its rivals to secure a memorable victory.