The Whitsun Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival 2015 was held Saturday 12th September at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.
The Whitsun Trophy for sports-racing prototypes of a type that competed between 1961 and 1966 was the weekend’s fastest race and it provided breathtaking entertainment. Legendary machines such as the Lola T70 and McLaren M1 in its various forms took on Ford GT40s and other models that tackled the never-ending Mulsanne Straight at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Nick Padmore’s road to victory driving the #14 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder from 1966 in the Whitsun Trophy was a relatively lonely one. Pedro Macedo Silva may have taken the lead off the line in his #70 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder but it was Padmore who had taken him before the end of the lap before pulling away to a healthy lead.
Behind him a group of cars lined up behind Macedo Silva, the whole field bunching up when the safety car came out five minutes into the race. It would be another 10 minutes before the race went green. Oliver Bryant had now moved up to second in his #29 Lola-Chevrolet T70 Spyder and, although Padmore did not escape from him as quickly as he had Macedo Silva, the issue never seemed to be in doubt.
Further back, Macedo Silva and Jay Esterer in the Canadian-built Chinook battled over third. The advantage was to Esterer when, with 11 laps completed the red flags came out. With Howard Redhouse’s crashed Lotus 30 blocking much of the chicane, the race had to be brought to a halt with Padmore the undoubted victor.
Similar to our 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 galleries, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2015 Goodwood Revival, with Senior Photographer Tim Scott producing the following images from the big-banger Whitsun Trophy race. We split up Tim’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
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