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Published 15 September 2012
The 2012 Goodwood Revival race card got off to a flier on Friday evening as Anthony Reid set a blistering pace aboard Nigel Webb’s Jaguar C-type. The 90-minute race, scheduled to end at dusk, saw former Formula Three and saloon car star Reid blast into the lead as the flag dropped, with John Pearson making a scorching start from the third row. By lap two he was running second but was unable to make inroads on Reid who held an eleven second lead going into the third tour. Impressing greatly was John Ure aboard Peter Mann’s diminutive Cooper-Bristol Mk2. Ure gamely clung on to the pack squabbling over the lower podium places, Reid having extended his lead to more than a minute by half-distance.
However, Reid’s rousing display of car control was all for naught. Shortly before pitting to change places with the car’s owner Nigel Webb, his Jaguar slowed dramatically. It later transpired that it was stuck in fourth gear. Following a prolonged driver change, Webb ventured trackside in ninth place.
Man on the move, however, was GT racer Alex Buncombe who flung Derek Hood’s ex-Fangio C-type around on its bumpstops, assuming the lead at three-quarter distance. He and team-mate John Young came home the victors despite faltering headlights. Second place went to Mann’s Cooper, with Nick Wrigley impressing after taking over from the rapid Ure.
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