E-type trumps GT40s in the wet at Spa


Heavy rain thwarted the two Ford GT40s of Simon Hadfield/Leo Voyazides and Richard Meins/Chris Lillingstone-Price at the 18th Spa Six Hours, from 24-26 September. Low visibility due to wet conditions caused them to slow, giving way to the E-type of Jon and Jason Minshaw - co-driven by historic ace Martin Stretton.
But the Jaguar wasn't trouble-free; Stretton spun and hit the pit wall, and a loose gearlever caused Jon to pit after 20 laps. Still, Stretton took the lead after five hours.
The heroes of the race were Adrian Willmott, Peter Thornton and David Garrett. After a biff with Wolfgang Friedrich's Aston Project 214 replica, they had to hold shut their DB4GT's door. They still trounced the Cobras to take fourth place.
After John Young flipped his Lotus Cortina - without injury - the U2TC race became a Cortina dogfight between Hadfield/Voyazides and Andy Wolfe/Rick Hall. Electrical issues ended it for the latter.

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