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Benn claims top scalps at Silverstone

Benn Tilley (3299185)
Benn Tilley (3299185)

Bourne race ace Benn Tilley exceeded his expectations when competing in the 2018 Silverstone Classic event at the weekend

Tilley drove a 1962 Lola Mk5 Historic Formula Junior car in the prestigious event and surpassed his hopes with two fifth place finishes.

He explained: “The car I drove was one that was loaned to me by one of the other drivers. It hasn’t had an engine rebuild for a while so I did not expect to qualify too well.

“Qualifying was on the Friday and, although my time was not great, I qualified 13th out of 54 cars.

“There was a lot of competition as this is one of the most prestigious historic race meetings of the year with all the top drivers competing.

“There were two races with the first being on Saturday.

“The race started with a rolling start and I managed to get a great start, passing four cars on the first lap.

“I managed to pick my way through the next few cars to fifth place, but unfortunately the race ended with a safety car so I didn’t manage to gain any more places.

“On Sunday we were the first race out at 9am. I started from 10th place on the grid as three cars withdrew from the race.

“I made another good start, gaining two places on the first lap and had a race long battle with an ex-professional driver and a Historic Formula one world champion, managing to beat them both and eventually finishing in fifth position again.

“All in all it was a great weekends racing with some fantastic cars such as the Historic Formula 1 cars, Historic Le Mans cars and Historic Touring cars.

“My ambition is to drive one of these great cars in the future. Until then I am hoping to take part in the next round of the Classic Formula Ford championship in two weeks.”

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