Supreme Skidding As Ward Wins Goodwood Whitsun Trophy In His GT40

Whitsun Trophy
Ford GT40 ace Chris Ward takes Whitsun Trophy at Goodwood Revival

Penultimate race of the Goodwood Revival Saturday programme, it was the Whitsun Trophy delivering all the thrills and spills on a track that lent itself more to ice skating than Motorsport.

Ford GT40 ace Chris Ward put on a bravura display during an eventful 25-minute Whitsun Trophy race for unlimited sports-prototypes. The race was started on a sodden track, with the safety car being brought after before the first lap was up after Roland Lewis crashed his Hamill SR3.

The race was restarted with 12-minutes left to run, with Ward blasting past pole-sitter Nick Padmore’s similar GT40 shortly thereafter, power-sliding his car in murky conditions to extend his winning margin to 4.9-seconds over his pursuer.

Lola T70 man Mike Whittaker was third, with Mike Jordan guiding his GT40 from 29th place to fourth by the flag following a polished drive.

A jubilant Chris Ward said later:
“What a fantastic race, I couldn’t believe how slippery it was. The GT40 was spinning its wheels every time I changed gear. It was just a case of trying to find grip where I could, not that there was much to be found.”

Whitsun Trophy skidding recap

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