Wet weather guaranteed a ding-dong battle in the CSCC Classic K one-hour race at Snetterton on Sunday (20 October). With six hour-long enduros planned for 2014, the Norforlk outing was a tantalising curtain-raiser for the revival series.
With slithery qualifying conditions, pole on the 21-car grid went to the Lotus Elan of Nick and Al Fleming, a heroic effort considering they had been up to 4am doing an engine swap after a snapped crank.
The Flemings shared the front row with another Elan, the S2 of Mark Halstead and Stuart McPherson.
Behind the Lotus duo, was a great mix of mainly British classics, but including Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ford, Ginetta, Morgan, MG, Reliant, Triumph and TVR.
From flag-fall the Elans pulled away with John Davison's TVR Griffith in tow, but the Flemings retired after just six laps, leaving a nip-and-tuck two-car battle at the front in the then-dry conditions.
A safety car period to recover the David Erwin and Will Dick Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super closed up the field and, with just 10 minutes to go, McPherson tried to pull off a demon move to go round the outside of the TVR at Murrays, but ended up sliding off giving Davison what looked like a five-second lead.
However, the return of the rain for the final five minutes of the race ensured a gripping finale, with Davison eventually spinning and letting the Elan through for the win, the lead pair having lapped the rest of the field twice.
Third overall was Jon Wolfe who masterfully guided home his Ford Falcon Sprint with Brian Arculus' Lotus Elite fourth overall.
Pictures: David Stallard