MOTOR RACING: Grantham’s Ellingworth second at Mallory Park vintage car meeting

Richard Ellingworth in his Gemini single-seater.
Richard Ellingworth in his Gemini single-seater.
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A vintage car racer enjoyed his best result of the season at Mallory Park last Sunday.

Driving his 1959 BMC-engined Gemini single-seater, Richard Ellingworth finished a creditable second in the Formula Junior Front Engine pre-1960 race at the VSCC meeting.

The John Taylor Memorial Race saw Richard in wheel-to-wheel action with tough opponent Ian Ashby.

Richard qualified third on the grid out of 18 cars in slightly damp and cooler conditions that expected.

He took the lead on the first corner and held hard-chasing Lola driver Ashby off until the 10th lap when he was passed going into the fast Gerrards corner. Richard stayed on Ashby’s tail until the chequered but was unable to pass him.

Richard said: “I was pleased with second as Ian is an ex-FA driver and one of the best classic racers on the circuit.

“Overall, it was a great weekend, with the credit going to my dad Jeff and mechanics Dean and Dave for preparing the car.”

Richard’s previous results this season were fifth in the season-opener at Donington Park and a DNF at Silverstone due to overheating while running in fourth place.

His next race is the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting during August Bank Holiday, and he will also be taking his Gemini abroad for the French round of the classic race series.