The Fordwater Trophy race at the 2012 Goodwood Revival was held Saturday, September 15th at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.
The 2012 Fordwater Trophy featured a diverse grid of race-inspired production sports and GT cars from the 1960s. The grid of sensational sports and GT cars from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Ginetta, Lotus, MG, Morgan and Shelby made for an incredibly fast and close-fought race.
Pole-sitter Martin Stretton claimed top honours in the 25-minute Fordwater Trophy in his Lotus 26R. However, it was the ex-works Ginetta G10 driven by Mike Newell which appeared all set to win until disaster struck on the penultimate lap.
The ever-versatile Newell made a brilliant start to fully exploit the 4.7-litre Ginetta’s superior horsepower, out-muscling Stretton’s aluminium-bodied ‘Gold Bug’ Lotus Elan 26R to streak into an early lead. Newell controlled the race comfortably from the front, with former Le Mans winner Jackie Oliver in third. The lead duo soon pulled clear of Oliver’s Lotus Elan 26R but, despite closing on Newell in traffic, the Ginetta driver was always able to counter Stretton when it mattered.
However, with just three minutes left to run, the increasingly wayward Ginetta lost a wheel which prompted instant retirement for Newell. Stretton stroked his Lotus home in first place, with Oliver second ahead of Shelby Mustang GT350 man John Hugenholtz.
Stretton said, “I was a little bit lucky but last time around I was leading on the last laps before the brakes failed so I know how Mike feels.”
Similar to our 2011 Fordwater Trophy coverage, Senior Photographer Tim Scott also documented the 2012 Goodwood Revival, including the following pictures from the Fordwater Trophy race. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
Goodwood Revival 2012 – Fordwater Trophy Photo Gallery (click image for larger picture and description)
Goodwood Revival 2012 – Fordwater Trophy Race Results
1. Martin Stretton, Lotus 26R
2. Jackie Oliver, Lotus 26R
3. John Hugenholtz, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350
4. Sean Walker, Lotus 26R
5. Ian Cox, Marcos 1800 GT
Andrew Newall, Ginetta G10 (fastest lap 1:26.889, 99.43 mph)
Similar to our Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 coverage, photographer Tim Scott of Fluid Images also documented this year’s Goodwood Revival, including the following 160 pictures from the Fordwater Trophy race. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
[Source: Goodwood; photo credit: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]