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Published 15 September 2012

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Whitsun Trophy

Goodwood Revival 2012

Historics veteran Gary Pearson won an enthralling Whitsun Trophy race but his position wasn’t safe until he took the chequered flag. Last year’s winner Jay Esterer lit up the rear tyres of his Chinook MK2 to blast into an early lead but Lola T70 pilot Pearson briefly nosed ahead on lap three. He was soon demoted but then McLaren ace Roger Wills trumped them all with just 6.6-seconds blanketing the podium positions at the ten minute mark.

Esterer in particular survived several moments, displaying phenomenal car control to take charge of his snaking Chinook. Wills appeared secure up front, having been the bridesmaid in this race on two prior occasions. However, the Kiwi’s good work was for naught as he had a grassy excursion in the closing stages. He recovered to jump fellow McLaren racer Chris Goodwin for third, as Canadian Esterer came home second behind a determined Pearson. It was the all-rounder’s tenth Goodwood Revival win.

Pearson said later: “That was good, clean racing; proper motor sport!”

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