Forward and Tizzard share F3 wins at HSCC Cadwell Park
Dean Forward and Stuart Tizzard shared the spoils in Historic F3 as the 1-litre cars battled for the Justin Haler Trophy during the Historic Sports Car Club's Wolds Trophy meeting at Cadwell Park (20/21 April).
Once again, the annual celebration of historic racing at the fabulous Lincolnshire venue featured plenty of close racing across two days and the Historic F3 pack re-created the feel of Cadwell Park of over 40 years ago. Dean Forward won the opening race in his Brabham BT21B, but it turned into a narrow win as he pulled off just after the flag when his engine cut out. Tim Kary (Brabham BT28) came within three-quarters of a second of grabbing the win.
On the parade lap for the second race Forward pulled off with engine concerns and it was Kary who led before spinning and leaving the way open for Tizzard to win in his Chevron B15C. From a strong grid, Keith Messer (Vesey) took second as Kary recovered to third.
The famous ex-Martin Brundle Ralt RT3 of Graham Fennymore took a brace of Classic F3 wins for the later 1600cc and 2-litre cars of the 1970s and early 1980s. Former champion Benn Simms (March 803B) led the chase and he also featured prominently in the Historic FF1600 races. His Jomo JMR7 led until it faltered with a fuel problem on the last lap and young Sam Mitchell (Merlyn Mk20) swept past to score his first race win. In the second race, Simms again had his engine cut out, Mitchell spun and so Simon Toyne dived past his Lola team mate David Wild to win when Wild's engine picked up a misfire.
Jon Milicevic fixed a first gear problem that forced him to miss the opening Formula Junior race in time to win the second race in his Cooper T59. James Murray won the opener in his Lola Mk5A. Nelson Rowe (Reynard SF79) took both Historic FF2000 races and Ian Jones (Lotus 59) won twice in Classic Racing Cars once ahead of the fast-starting Palliser WDB3 of Tony Keele.
Other double winners included Justin Murphy (Ginetta G4) in Historic Road Sports and Mark Charteris (Mallock Mk20/21) in Classic Clubmans. In the second race, Charteris headed category veterans Ray Mallock (Mallock Mk18B), John Harrison (Mallock Mk21) and Malcolm Jackson (Mallock Mk21).
Two of the best lead contests came in the 70s Road Sports races as Cadwell ace Oliver Ford (Lotus Europa) twice fended off the TVR 3000M of Julian Barter. Place changing and side-by-side racing was the order of the day, although Ford's winning margin in the second race was boosted when Barter spun at the Gooseneck. Finally, another bumper grid of Historic Touring Cars delivered a victory for Simon Benoy (Hillman Imp) and two wins for Warren Briggs (Ford Mustang).
The HSCC season continues on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit during the International Trophy meeting (18/19 May).