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Published 18 September 2010
First-time Goodwood Revival visitor Tom Kristensen won the opening instalment of the ever-popular St Mary’s Trophy race. The eight-time Le Mans victor triumphed by some ten seconds aboard Nick Naismith’s Austin A95 Westminster but his success was far from assured early on. Pole-sitter Patrick Watts was beaten off the line by Kristensen but muscled his Volvo into contention as Tiff Needell chased hard in his Jaguar MkVII.
Man on the move, though, was former GP racer turned TV pundit Martin Brundell who picked his way through to second aboard the Rae Davis Racing Austin A35 into Lavant on the seventh lap. But his hard work was undone after he assaulted Kristensen’s Austin into Madgwick a lap later. His car picked up a puncture and suspension damage. With ten minutes to go in the 25-minute race, Kristensen waved Watts through into the lead but the former touring car ace retired on the eleventh lap. Kristensen backed off to the flag with Stuart Graham finishing second ahead to Needell.
After the race, an elated Kristensen said: “I absolutely love it here and what a great event. Patrick and I were having a good fight but his car put down at lot of oil at Lavant when he retired. I’d have loved for our battle to have gone down to the wire but my car was pretty lively. The tires were going off but what a great race!” The second part of this aggregate race will take place tomorrow afternoon.
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