The Madgwick Cup race at the Goodwood Revival 2016 was held Saturday, September 10 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.
Diabolical conditions and spectacular racing were features of the Madgwick Cup at the 2016 Goodwood Revival. It poured with rain throughout this 20-minute contest for under three-litre sports racing cars, 1960-1966. The front-runners, though, were undaunted, slithering and sliding throughout the race. It may have been an early lap to chequered flag win for Joe Twyman but that bland statement belies an exciting race and the fireworks that culminated in a closing seconds fracas at the chicane.
Twyman took an early lead in one of the Sussex-built Elva-Ford Mk7s and seemed to be pulling away to an easy victory. Behind him a battle of the Lotus 23Bs splashed side by side, overtaking manoeuvres ending up off the track as often as not. For some laps, McLaren development test driver Chris Goodwin, who had initially led the field, seemed to have the measure of his fellow Lotus drivers. Andrew Newall and Andrew Hibbert, in their black and yellow 23Bs were not, though to be denied. At about half distance the two Andrews both briefly left the track as they bore down on Goodwin. This was almost repeated a lap later but this time Hibbert went past in dramatic fashion shortly to be followed by his namesake.
The brave battle of the Andys now set off after leader Twyman. At first Hibbert seemed to have the upper hand only for Newall to take second at Woodcote corner. As the clock ticked down, the latter took three seconds off the leader in just one lap. As they charged into the chicane for the final time, Stuart Tizzard’s lapped Lotus 23 was in their path. First Twyman clipped the Lotus then Newall but in all the chaos both kept their cars on the track, crossing the line with the Elva still just ahead. ‘I’ve never raced in anything like this before,’ reported second place Newall.
Goodwood Revival 2016 – Madgwick Cup Race Results
1. Andrew Newall, 1963 Lotus-Ford 23B
2. Andrew Hibbert, 1963 Lotus-Ford 23B
3. Max Bartell, 1964 Elva-BMW Mk7S
4. Chris Goodwin, 1963 Lotus-Ford 23B
5. Joe Twyman, 1963 Elva-Ford Mk7**
** Race officials later added 20 seconds to Twyman’s race time, in addition to 3 penalty points on race license for a violation of MSA Regulation C1.1.5 (Driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, and/or departing from the standard of a reasonably competent driver)
[Source: Goodwood; photo: Nick Dungan]