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Published 15 September 2012
Pole-sitter Martin Stretton claimed honours in the 25-minute Fordwater Trophy for production sports and GT cars raced from 1964 and ’66. However, it was the ex-works Ginetta G10 driven by Mike Newell which appeared all set to win until disaster struck on the penultimate lap.
The ever-versatile Newell made a brilliant start to fully exploit the 4.7-litre Ginetta’s superior horsepower, out-muscling Stretton’s aluminium-bodied ‘Gold Bug’ Lotus Elan to streak into an early lead. Newell controlled the race comfortably from the front, with former Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver in third. The lead duo soon pulled clear of Oliver’s Lotus 26R but, despite closing on Newell in traffic, the Ginetta driver was always able to counter Stretton when it mattered.
However, with just three minutes left to run, the increasingly wayward Ginetta lost a wheel which prompted instant retirement for Newell. Stretton stroked his Lotus home in first place, with Oliver second ahead of Shelby Mustang GT350 man John Hugenholtz.
Stretton said later: “I was a little bit lucky but last time around I was leading on the last laps before the brakes failed so I know how Mike feels.”
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