Benn Tilley enjoys success in the Historic Sports Car Clubs Championship rounds at Snetterton
Despite racing in the oldest car on the grid, Bourne’s Benn Tilley was among the leading lights in the Historic Sports Car Clubs Championship rounds at Snetterton.
Tilley, who was driving the ex-Rupert Keegan March 743 Classic Formula 3 car, finished second in the first race and then took top spot in the second outing at the Norfolk circuit.
The event was held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic and Tilley was delighted with his performance.
He said: “It was a bit odd going around the circuit with all the spectator banks empty. It was kind of like a ghost town.
“But the overall result was very satisfying for the oldest car on the grid. I am hugely grateful to everyone that has helped make it possible and I love every second in the car.”
Qualifying went well for Tilley who secured second spot on the grid ahead of the opening race.
Despite dropping back to third off the start line, he had regained second place by the first hairpin for a position that he held for the rest of the race.
Tilley commented: “We made a set-up change to the car between qualifying and the first race as I was struggling with under steer on corner entry.
“The set-up change helped massively and I improved my lap time but I wasn’t able to catch the first place driver.”
The second race proved more exciting as Tilley again dropped back to third from the start but had recovered his place by the end of lap one.
He then moved into the lead by the end of lap three and managed to pull out a gap between the two cars battling for second and third place.
Tilley then survived a late challenge for the lead to take the chequered flag and claim the race victory.
He continued: “The pole-sitter was in a car four years younger than the March 743 which I race and caught me up.
“He was pressuring me the entire race, but I managed to keep a cool head to stay in front by 0.2 of a second at the finish line.”