VINTAGE racing car driver Richard Ellingworth was victorious in the first historic 500cc Formula Three race of the season at Cadwell Park on Monday.
His 1950s Kieft was fully rebuilt during the winter by his father Jeff, and Richard qualified it fourth on the grid in a field of 24 cars, despite getting the gearing wrong.
Following qualifying, the gearing was changed for the Philip Robinson Trophy race in which Richard got a great launch, gaining two places on the start straight to pull alongside reigning champion pole man Nigel Ashman going up Coppice Hill. Richard went in front on the next straight but was retaken by Ashman at Mansfield Corner on the second lap.
The battle continued throughout the race with Richard taking the chequered flag by the narrowest of margins.
Richard said he was delighted to have won the season’s opening race, and with the fastest lap of the day in 1min 54.8731sec.
He said: “On the last two laps, Nigel got hampered by a couple of back-markers which changed my luck.
“The trophy was presented by Philip Robinson who could remember beating Don Parker in my car in 1954!”
Richard will next be in action at the ‘See Red’ Vintage Sports Car Club Festival meeting at Donington Park on May 21.