Mark Gillies claims victory aboard Mary Smith’s ERA A-type R3A
Mark Gillies claimed Goodwood Trophy honours in crushing fashion aboard Mary Smith’s ERA A-type R3A on Saturday morning.
The Detroit-based Briton had a poor start from the all ERA front row, losing out initially to J Mac Hulbert and Paddins Dowling, the latter taking the initiative as they headed through Madgwick towards Fordwater for the first time.
Gillies moved up to second through the kink before St Mary’s on the following lap, the gap to Dowling remaining static at 1.2-seconds to the end of the fourth lap. Into the fifth tour, Irishman Dowling experienced car trouble and retired shortly thereafter.
Matt Grist moved his way up the order in the fastest of the Alfa Romeo Tipo Bs, taking second place with six minutes to go as Hulbert performed a series of heroic saves after oil spilled onto his rear tyres. Up front Gillies was unchallenged and led home Grist by eight seconds from Maserati driver Frank Stipler who jumped Hulbert in the dying stages. Julian Majzub finished fifth aboard his Alfa Romeo 308C.
“I have a history of bad starts here,” said the victor later. “Paddins kept me honest in the opening laps and it was a shame that he retired. The car’s fantastic here. It’s a magic car, a magic circuit and a magic event.”