Second victory for vintage racer Richard

Richard Ellingworth

Richard Ellingworth

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VINTAGE race car driver Richard Ellingworth registered a second win at Donington Park last Saturday to strengthen his grip on the Historic Formula Three Championship lead.

The second round of the championship for the classic 500cc machines was contested by a field of 26, with Richard at the wheel of his trademark scarlet 1950s Parker-Kieft-Norton.

It was the first time that Richard had raced his car at the challenging and very quick Derbyshire circuit, but that did not prevent him from taking pole position by a clear two seconds in qualifying.

The unusually short five-lap sprint race necessitated a good start but a delay on the grid overheated Richard’s clutch and his car bogged down as he launched off the line.

Main rival Nigel Ashman tore ahead, rounded Redgate Corner and headed down towards the Craner Curves.

Richard struggled to keep up for the first two laps as Ashman hooked his Cooper up superbly in the corners. But Richard took his opportunity to pass at the end of the fourth lap and held his rival off till the chequered flag.

Richard said: “I had to be patient and slowly reeled him back in, and got in his slipstream on the chicane. I dived down the inside under braking of Woodgate corner and made it stick, making him run wide.

“Nigel remained close behind me until the last corner where he tried to pass, but I blocked him coming through.”

Richard now leads the championship with a maximum 20 points from two races, six ahead of Ashman, and will be hoping to extend his lead in the Lewis-Evans Trophy round at Snetterton Park next weekend.