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
— Dave Robson (@DaveRobsonUK) September 9, 2017