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Published 18 September 2010
Ben Simms took a convincing victory in the Chichester Cup for pre ’62 Formula Juniors from early leader, Sir John Chisholm. The latter blasted ahead from pole position aboard his Gemini Mk3A only for Elva man Simms to scythe past on the inside into Woodcote.
At quarter-distance into the 20-minute race the order remained static as the safety car was deployed to attend to stricken cars. With racing resuming with ten minutes left to run, Chisholm and Simms resumed their private battle as they streaked ahead of the chasing pack. Simms was last of the late brakers as he fought to keep his twitchy short wheelbase car ahead of the faster Gemini. He held on to the flag to win by 0.4-second with Elva man Chris Drake fishing third some 29.7-second behind them.
“He didn’t make it easy,” said a delighted Simms. “The safety car bunched us up but it was close right to the end once we began racing again. There was a lot of oil out there which focussed the attention.”
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