Ludovic Lindsay led from start-to-finish to record his third victory in the Goodwood Trophy. Pole sitter Mark Gillies stalled his ERA as the flag dropped and had to be pushed clear, with Lindsay storming off the line to lead from friend and rival David Morris. There was little more than a second between them to half distance, Lindsay flamboyantly flinging his ex-Prince Bira ERA B-type R5B ‘Remus’ sideways in contrast to the smoother style of Morris aboard his similar car.
Lindsay’s third lap was some three seconds quicker than he’d managed in practice. Morris lost a lot of time lapping a backmarker with just six minutes to go in the 20 minute encounter, allowing Lindsay some breathing space which he retained to the end.
Behind this hard-charging duo, an absorbing battle raged between J Mac Hulbert’s ERA D-type R4D and Stefan Schollwoeck’s Maserati 4CLT, the latter having the edge under braking only to lose out on the Lavant straight against the more powerful British car. Backmarkers eventually came into play, with Schollwoeck being forced onto the grass to avoid a slow-moving car. The German brilliantly reeled in the black ERA, but after 13 laps of determined driving, he had to settle for fourth place.
After the race, an elated Lindsay said: “It was very oily out there but it was great – I just love driving around this place. I just want to say ‘thank you’ to David who kept his place and also prepared my car.” Morris added: “He was a bit braver than me and he’s king around here. Maybe next time…”