Lights-to-flag victory for historic race car driver
Stamford historic race car driver Ed Thurston took a dominant lights-to-flag victory at Silverstone over the weekend.
The 18-year-old stormed to success in the Carl Hamer Trophy for Formula Ford cars built before 1983 at the massive Walter Hayes trophy meeting.
Thurston took the lead from pole position and then used the 1971 Merlyn car deftly on the wet track.
He carved himself a comfortable three second finishing advantage over the more advanced 1980 Van Diemen driven by Silverstone circuit’s chief instructor Mark Armstrong who is the 2018 Classic Formula Ford class A champion in that very car.
Ed said: “I couldn’t have asked more of myself or the car.
“We qualified well on our only set of new tyres and then changed to a used set for our heat which is something that all drivers that have entered have to contest no matter what the age of the car they drive.
“I took fifth in my 1971 car, displacing many hopefuls with unlimited budgets driving brand-new top-specification chassis, which qualified me very comfortably for the semi-finals.
“I reckoned that from the way I was going I’d have probably got through them and into the grand final.
“That wasn’t the plan though. Having set the pole position time for the historic race on our set of new rubber, we bowed out of the main competition to conserve them for the big historic race.
“Before the race sitting at the front of the field in the collecting area the pressure was on to perform superbly in the event.
“It was great to have pole position but I also knew that it would be all too easy to be over-confident and make a silly mistake especially on a wet and inconsistent track.
“I needed a superb start to be able to control the race from the front, going just fast enough to win and I did just that.
“The fact that it was a ‘lights-to-flag’ victory with the fastest lap of the race to my credit as a bonus made it all the more delicious.”