Carlos Monteverde made up for a poor start with an impressive recovery drive to win the Madgwick Cup. The 20-minute race for up-to-3-litre sports-racing cars built between 1960-66 saw the Brazilian’s Ferrari leap off the line from the front row only to get bogged down and swamped by pole man Dion Kremer’s ex-works Elva Mk7 and the twitching Lotus 23B of Michael Gans.
Cramer got jumped by Gans going into Lavant on the fourth lap and pulled clear, only for Monteverde in his glorious green and yellow 206S Dino to swallow up the wayward Lotus into the second half of Lavant two laps later. The Maranello car proceeded to streak into the distance with a series of fastest laps as Gans and Kremer squabbled over the remaining podium spots. The places remained the same as Monteverde won by six seconds, with both hands waving as he crossed the line.
Arguably the best drive came from 1979 Formula 2 champion Marc Surer who had only managed five practice laps in the BMW Group Classic Lotus-BMW 23B. The hugely enthusiastic former GP driver rose from seventeenth to eighth on the first lap.
Post race, a beaming Monteverde kissed his car and said: “I have been coming here for ten years and this is my first win. I’m so happy I can barely talk! I had to be a bit careful with the gearbox and the clutch and was a bit slow at the start but it came to me.” Gans laughed: “I couldn’t hold the Ferrari which was one notch above my speed. I was trying!”
[Source: Goodwood Revival]