Benn Tilley wins the 2020 Classic Formula 3 Championship
Bourne’s Benn Tilley toasted a title triumph after securing the 2020 Classic Formula 3 Championship crown at the weekend.
Tilley took a healthy points lead into the final round of the Historic Sports Car Clubs’ Silverstone finals weekend and needed a top four finish in the opening race to seal his success.
He qualified in third spot and then finished second in the first race before taking third place in the second outing to top his debut year in Classic Formula 3.
Tilley said: “The car I raced this year and, hopefully next year, was the ex-Brian Henton/Rupert Keegan March 743 from 1974 which is owned by top historic driver and race car preparer and restorer Simon Hadfield.
“I’m very grateful to Simon for entrusting me with his car and it’s an absolutely awesome bit of kit to drive with quite a bit of aerodynamics for its age.
“It’s a very fast car and only about one second a lap slower than a British Touring Car Championship car which, for a 46-year-old, is pretty good going.”
Tilley recently turned 21 and his parents arranged the opportunity to drive the ex-Nigel Mansell Lotus 91 Formula 1 car from 1982 as a special birthday present.
He added: “It was a dream come true to drive a Formula 1 car and a day I’ll cherish forever.
“The car itself had a three-litre Cosworth DFV V8 in the back which revs to 10,000rpm producing around 525bhp and the overall car weighed roughly 650kg.
“It was unbelievably fast and had so much grip it was unreal.
“The noise coming from the Cosworth DFV was absolutely incredible, it was the sound of a proper Formula 1 car.
“I’m eternally grateful to my parents for organising it and to the owner of the car for entrusting me to drive it.”