Cooper T59 of race winner Sam Wilson

Goodwood Revival 2011 – Chichester Cup Race

The Chichester Cup race at the 2011 Goodwood Revival was held 16-18 September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.

The 2011 Chichester Cup featured Formula Junior cars of the ‘late period’, when cars ran with rear-engines and disc brakes. These last appeared at the 2008 Goodwood Revival. With so many Juniors competing internationally, the specification of the race changes every year, to give it a new look and character. This year’s race saw the Juniors in their ultimate form, and once again provided fantastically close and competitive racing.

Less than half-a-second separated the top three finishers in the Chichester Cup race at the 2011 Goodwood Revival. Rising star Sam Wilson consolidated his earlier Earl of March Trophy success to lead home Pier Enrico Tonetti and Jon Milicevic but the result was in doubt to the flag.

Category veteran Stuart Roach suffered a heartbreaking car failure from pole position at the start, fellow front row man Wilson making a poor getaway and slipping to fourth place. He swiftly climbed back up the order to take the lead at Woodcote on the fifth lap aboard his Cooper T59 and immediately pulled out a three car length lead over early pacesetter Tonetti’s primrose-coloured Brabham BT6 with Formula Junior stalwart Milicevic close behind aboard his Cooper. At three-quarter distance of the 20 minute race, Wilson got slightly out of shape at Woodcote which allowed Tonetti to slip through, but Wilson was soon back in the Italian’s slipstream and nipped by as they headed past the grandstands the next time around. The lead trio demolished Edwin Jowsey’s 2006 lap record but Wilson wasn’t to be denied an emotional second victory of the 2011 Goodwood Revival.

“I’m a little overwhelmed,” said winner Sam Wilson. “These guys are great, fair racers and to win twice is just incredible.”

Goodwood Revival 2011 – Chichester Cup Race Results (14 laps)

1. Sam Wilson, Cooper-Ford T59
2. Pier Enrico Tonetti, Brabham-Ford BT6
3. Jon Milicevic, Cooper-Ford T59 (fastest lap 1:25.738, 100.77 mph)
4. Philipp Buhofer, Lola-Ford Mk5A
5. Michael Hibberd, Lotus-Ford 27

Goodwood Revival 2011 – Chichester Cup Complete Race Results

[Source: Goodwood]