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Published 18 September 2010
Andrew Smith claimed Whitsun Trophy honours following a determined performance in an action-packed race. Russian-based Kiwi Wills blasted into the lead from the middle of the front row aboard his McLaren M1B, chased hard by the Lola T70 Spider of Smith.
The young Scot surged into the lead two laps in as Wills recovered from a grassy moment at the chicane; Smith capitalised but, by half-distance into the 25-minute race, there was only a gap of 0.5-second between the two chargers. Fancied front-runner Martin Stretton was now lying in fourth place as he chased down fellow Lola man David Hart. The gap between the two yo-yoed over the closing laps until Hart’s car suffered a misfire with three minutes to go and Stretton pounced. Smith ran out as the winner with a flamboyant Wills in second place just 1.69-second behind. Stretton placed third more than 20 seconds down the road as he nursed home his car that was reluctant to rev.
“It was like a bullet down the back straight,” said the winner. “Roger made a small mistake and I was able to capitalise. From then on it was just a case of conserving the brakes. It was quite hairy towards the end of the race.”
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