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Published 19 September 2010

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Richmond Trophy

Front-engined Grand Prix cars made from 1948-60

Historics veteran Gary Pearson claimed a deserved win in the Richmond Trophy for front-engined Grand Prix cars made from 1948-60. But it was evergreen septuagenarian Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams who made the early running, blasting the unique Ferguson Project 99 into the lead by Madgwick for the first time. Within two laps of the 25-minute race he was a full ten car lengths ahead of Pearson’s ex-Bonnier BRM P25 as Richard Attwood’s Ferrari Dino 246 vied with Frank Stippler’s Maserati 250F for third.

The two Italian cars were locked in battle for the entire duration, joined briefly in the first half of the race by Patrick Orosco’s super-quick Scarab. Orosco worked his way up as far as third - on more than one occasion, only to lose out repeatedly after a series of off-road excursions. At the end of the ninth lap, he had a sideways moment at the chicane, fourth-placed Attwood performing a miraculous avoidance, only to lose out to Stipler in the ensuing chaos.

A lap later, Orosco rotated fully at the same spot, while up front Pearson had closed in on Williams and took the lead into Madgwick into lap eleven as the Ferguson momentarily lapsed onto three cylinders. Williams chased hard but was unable to find his way past Pearson as they encountered back markers, the positions remaining the same to the flag with Attwood placing third.

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