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Published 16 September 2012
British GT regular Alasdair McCaig won a dramatic Richmond & Gordon Trophies encounter for Formula One and Inter-Continental Formula cars aboard his father Hugh’s Cooper T53. The initial race start was blighted by a pile-up triggered by Gary Pearson’s stricken BRM P25. The resulting melee saw several cars eliminated but fortunately without injury to their pilots. Once racing resumed, McCaig lead from the off, with historics veteran Rod Jolley glued to his tail aboard his Cooper T45/51 with Pearson close behind.
However, by half-distance it was a two-car race with Jolley rocketing up behind his rival on the straights, only to lose out on the corners. However, despite threatening to nose ahead, his challenges were rebuffed although Jolley recorded the fastest lap of the race on his final tour. Pearson finished third.
After the race, McCaig said: “I had to work hard for that one. Rod knows all the tricks, that’s for sure. What a great race.”
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