It looked set to be a battle between BTCC champions Gordon Shedden and Andrew Jordan in their Lotus Cortinas and DTM and GT racer Frank Stippler’s Alfa Romeo. The three spent the first two-thirds of the 25-minute race fighting tooth-and-nail for the lead as first Jordan, then Stippler and finally Shedden headed the trio in a thrilling battle.
However what nobody expected was for nine-time Le Mans winner himself Tom Kristensen to storm through for the victory having started at the very back of the grid. Kristensen’s Alan Mann racing prepared Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt had failed just 400-yards into qualifying leaving the Dane with no time in the car before the race began.
However the mighty 7.0-litre engined Ford fought its way through the pack almost, leaving its competitors looking as if they were standing still at times, before joining the lead battle with a little over five minutes to go.
After dispatching the trio he finished off his incredible race by touring out to a lead of over a second.
Photography: Tom Shaxson and Pete Summers