Named in honour of the 9th Duke of Richmond and Gordon, who founded the circuit, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy is a race for sports cars in the spirit of the famous Goodwood Nine Hours races staged between 1952 and 1955. Typically a sprint race, the Goodwood Revival in 2002 saw a special 90-minute endurance race into the dusk to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Nine Hours race.
The Freddie March Trophy race at Goodwood Revival 2010 saw an excellent field, including an Alfa Romeo 3000CM, Allard J2X, Aston Martin DB2 and DB3S, Cooper-Jaguar T33, Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, Frazer Nash, HWM, Jaguar C-Type, Lagonda, Maserati A6GCS and a host of British specials.
Pole-sitter Darren McWhirter enjoyed a slingshot start aboard his Lagonda to lead the Freddie March Memorial Trophy field into Madgwick for the first time. He would never be headed. Nick Wigley initially gave chase in Flavien Marcais’ Cooper-Jaguar from Nigel Webb’s Jaguar C-Type and Michael Milligan’s HWM-Jaguar. But nobody could stick with McWhirter who was soon lapping more than two seconds faster than the next man in his highly-developed V12 racer.
Carlos Monteverde was a man on the move aboard his C-Type. He made up several positions only to spin off at St Mary’s on the fourth tour, demonstrably showing his frustration as he gathered it all up again.
After six laps, the leader was already lapping cars, McWhirter by now leading by 9.5-seconds from Wigley who was pulling clear from Webb. With five minutes left to run, McWhirter was patently throttling back, only to lose an unexpected – and significant – amount of time trying to get past an oblivious backmarker.
The same driver blocked Wigley a lap later which pushed him back into the clutches of the hard-trying Webb but he was able to eek out a few more car lengths in the closing stages. The top three positions remained static to the flag, McWhirter adding further to his prolific Revival tally. Monteverde made his way through the order to finish a charging fourth overall.
Goodwood Revival 2010 – Freddie March Memorial Trophy Race Results (16 laps)
1. Darren McWhirter, Lagonda V12 Le Mans (1:33.324 fastest lap)
2. Nick Wigley, Cooper Jaguar T33
3. Nigel Webb, Jaguar C-Type
4. Carlos Monteverde, Jaguar C-Type
5. Lukas Huni, Maserati A6GCS
Similar to our Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 coverage, photographer Tim Scott of Fluid Images also documented this year’s Goodwood Revival, including the following images from the Freddie March Memorial Trophy race. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
Goodwood Revival 2010 – Freddie March Memorial Trophy Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)
[Source: Goodwood; photo credit: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]