Big bangers thrill at Classic

| 13 Oct 2010

Touring cars stole the show at the Silverstone Classic from 23-25 July.The first heat of the HSCC Big Engined Touring Cars saw an impressive 40-car grid headed by Leo Voyazides' Ford Falcon from Patrick Watts' Mustang.Jason Minshaw's Falcon briefly led before Watts went in front and quickly came under pressure from Dean Forward. The two came together at Becketts, forcing ex-BTCC hotshoe Watts into a spin."This 600bhp, disc-braked hot rod blasted past, driven by a prat who can't drive," he fumed after having to retire. Forward, who had been invited to take part, said: "He was looking for a gap that wasn't there!"Voyazides remained on pole for the second heat, easing clear of John Young's Mustang and Westley Harding's Falcon took third.Andy Wolfe and Rob Hall repeated last year's victory in the Jack Sears Trophy for Under 2 Litre Touring Cars, in their Lotus Cortina. The duo won again in the Gentleman Drivers.Willie Green made a majestic return, putting Carlo Vögele's Ferrari GTO on pole for Sunday's RAC Tourist Trophy. Vögele gave best to Stuart Graham, who set the pace in his Aston DB4GT, but the Swiss ace kept in touch with the former TT winner.A niftier swap gave Green the advantage over Richard Attwood in the Aston, who gave chase but couldn't reel in the 330GTO, which howled its way to victory. Goodwood competitions secretary Jarrah Venables brought Marc Devis' baby-blue 250 SWB home in third."That was fantastic," he enthused. "It's the best car I've ever driven!"Looking to next year, HSCC supremo Grahame White said: "There are so many historic classes that we could easily run three days of racing, so watch this space."