Masters Historic Festival Roundup
May 30, 2023
The Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch delivered a brilliant weekend of motorsport. There were mixed emotions for us but that's how it goes.
First up, we had the Masters Historic Pre-66 race; an hour long event with pitstop and driver change over. There were seven Swiftune Mini's doing battle with the likes of Mustangs and Cortinas. Jeff Smith and Phil Bullen-Brown had a fantastic race, finishing 1st and 3rd in class respectively.
The other Swiftune cars, driven by Giles/Jonathon Page, Matthew Page/Nick Padmore and Billy/Carl Nairn made up 4th, 5th and 6th.
Jo Polley was going well in 6th but a driveshaft issue ended her race after 17 laps. Mark Burnett was all wrapped up after just two laps due to an early shunt, meaning no seat time for Nick Swift in this race.
Closing out the weekend was the HRDC Gerry Marshall Trophy. Nick lined up the Works 1275GT in 7th (2nd in class), with Rupert Deeth in the Datapost 1275GT and Mark Burnett in the Clubman Estate not far behind.
Our 1275GT suffered body damage and a puncture forcing an early pitstop. The bad luck kept on coming and following a forth visit to the pits we retired the car.
Rupert was having a brilliant race, squeezing everything he could out of the Datapost Mini until a trip to the gravel turned his race upside down, literally.
Mark Burnett had it all to do in the Clubman Estate, managing to avoid all the drama, he crossed the line in 12th position, 4th in class.
Next up, Thruxton for rounds 7&8 of the Mini 7 Racing Club Championship this weekend.