The Sussex Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival 2016 was held Sunday, September 11 at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England.
Chris Ward was never headed in the Sussex Trophy race which brought the curtain down on the 2016 Revival Meeting’s on-track action. The Lister-Jaguar driver stormed into an early lead, with Sadler man Julian Majzub briefly looking like a threat, only for the veteran campaigner to leave his braking a little bit too late at Lavant on the first lap which resulted in a lurid spin. Ward was chased hard for the rest of the race by fellow Lister ace, John Pearson, with barely 0.6 seconds separating them at half-distance. Lotus 15 driver Oliver Bryant was a further ten seconds down the road in third.
Sadly, the race ended under a safety car after David Hart and Darren McQuirter clashed at St. Mary’s in the closing stages. Ward received the garlands, with 12-time Revival winner Pearson placing second with a surprised James Cottingham in third. The Tojeiro driver had worked with his way up the order from ninth on the grid and took the final podium spot mere seconds before the safety car was deployed.
An elated Ward said, “I didn’t expect to be given such a hard time. I had to work really hard for the win.”
Goodwood Revival 2016 – Sussex Trophy Race Results
1. Chris Ward, 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Costin’
2. Gary Pearson, 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’
3. James Cottingham, 1959 Tojeiro-Jaguar
Goodwood Revival 2016 – Sussex Trophy Video
[Source: Goodwood; photo: Drew Gibson]