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Published 18 September 2010

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Gordon Trophy Race

GP and Inter-Continental Formula Cars

Nick Wigley drove a brilliant race to graduate from a starting position of tenth to win the 25-minute Gordon Trophy race for GP and Inter-Continental Formula Cars made from 1954-61. Enrico Spaggiari blasted his Cooper T53 off the middle of the front row into an early lead, only to lose it to Roger Wills’ similar car by the time they arrived at Madgwick.

Former Grand Prix driver Ian Ashley caused chaos by spinning off, fortunately without collecting anyone. Wills established a convincing early lead, Barrie Williams chasing Spaggiari in third. Fourth-placed man Nick Wigley forced his ex-Rob Walker Cooper past ‘Whizzo' into Woodcote on the fourth lap and moved into second two tours later.

After nine laps there was barely half-a-second between Wills and Wigley as John Harper demoted Spaggiari for third in his similar car. With four minutes to go Harper survived a massive slide while lapping backmarkers but didn’t lose the place while Wigley was all over the back Wills’ car.

Wigley squeezed into the lead into the chicane at the end of the eleventh tour with a brilliantly bold move, Harper following through into second as Wills lost momentum. Harper then spun before the chicane on the following lap, allowing Wills, Spaggiari and the charging Alisdair McCaig through for a Cooper whitewash.

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