The first Classic race of the season rekindled last season’s fierce rivalry between Cam Jackson and Henry Chart.
Jackson, driving the Class B Winkelmann in which he won the 2019 Historic championship, put his car on pole after a crowded qualifying session interrupted by a yellow flag, but Chart was not far behind, driving the same ex-Tim Harvey Van Diemen RF81 he campaigned last year. This pattern continued for the race itself with Chart remaining glued to Jackson for most of it. He did attempt a pass on the start-finish line early on and had a look at the hairpin later, but Jackson had managed to eke out a lead by the chequered flag, winning by 1.4s.
Jordan Harrison had a fairly solitary race in third, a position he held comfortably throughout in the Lola T540E he previously shared with his father Mark, who was 14th in the Royale RP21 that Jordan used last year. The unrelated Samuel Harrison was a solid fourth in an Elden Mk8, a new car for the Yorkshire sixth former.
Behind the Harrisons, more of a scrap was occurring. Sam Mitchell, who is sharing his father Westie’s Merlyn Mk20, came out on top and claimed fifth place, having seen off challenges from Simon Toyne, who had qualified in front of him in a Lola T200, and 2019 champion Rick Morris in his familiar Royale RP29. The three became two when Morris had problems and dropped back to seventh. Toyne made a few more attempts on Mitchell’s fifth but was fended off. Jake Shortland (Lola 440) passed Stuart Kestenbaum’s RF80 for eighth late on, ahead of Tim Brise, making his first appearance in the Classic series in a Merlyn.
Further back, Ben Hadfield (Van Diemen RF78) and Richard Yeomans (Crossle 25F) had a spirited battle, with Hadfield coming out on top in 15th spot. Yeomans was 17th, behind Ian Jeary, whose Elden Mk8 was decked out in a Candy Tyrrell tribute livery.
Image courtesy of Andrew Ellis
Full results are available at TSL Timing