GT star Frank Stippler dominated the opening installment of the St. Mary’s Trophy double-header, leading home BTCC veteran Jason Plato home by 18.5-seconds after 25 minutes of racing. The German’s Jaguar MK1 initially vied with Andrew Jordan’s improbably quick Austin A40, but the former British Touring Car Campion retired his car shortly after half-distance.
Stippler ran unopposed thereafter, with Plato’s bucking Austin A105 coming home in the runner-up spot despite a deflating tyre late in the day.
All eyes, however, were on the battle for third between Austin A40 duo, Rob Huff and Michael Caine.
The tin-top stars were never more than a few inches apart, routinely swapping places on each lap. Caine just held on, a late challenge by Tom Kristensen’s monstrous Ford Thunderbird ending with barely two minutes left to run after the car’s exhaust threatened to fall off.
The Dane hadn’t driven the car before the race and had steered it from the back of the field with gusto. Tomorrow’s finale isn’t to be missed.