Races from the Historic Sports Car Club played a significant part in the highly successful Donington Historic Festival (3-5 May) as double-headers for the Historic F3 Championship and Martini Trophy featured in the 18-race weekend.
As well as providing four of the 18 races, the HSCC also had a key role in the event as the organising club for the on-track action. Across three days, there was some fine racing, while displays, parades, car club gatherings and a guest appearance from John Surtees all added up to a memorable event.
A slot on the high-profile race programme at the prestigious Festival marked another big step forward in the development of HSCC Historic Formula 3 Championship and Steve Seaman and Dean Forward took one win apiece from a fine grid of 25 cars.
The opening race went to Seaman (Brabham BT21), who won a hard-but-fair battle with polesitter Ian Bankhurst (Alexis HF802). However, it was Dean Forward who starred in the second race after switching to his father Ian's Brabham BT21 following problems with his own Tecno. Forward raced from the back of the grid to take the lead in just four laps. "I just kept passing people and then looked for the chequered flag," said Forward.
The Martini Trophy season opened with a pair of races and victories fell to David Gathercole (Lola T210) and the evergreen Ian Flux (Osella PA3). Flux had led the opening race in Sean Walker's Osella until a bodywork bracket broke and allowed the rear bodywork to drop onto the exhaust and catch fire. Class winners in the Martini Trophy races included Robert Oldershaw (Lola T212) and Michele Liguori (Lola T296).
The HSCC season continues at the Silverstone International Trophy meeting on 17/18 May.