Mark Gillies won a thrilling Festival of Britain Trophy race which kicked off Saturday’s race card. The USA-domiciled Briton qualified on pole for the 25-minute encounter in Richard Skipworth’s ERA A-type R3A. However, he lost out to fellow ERA man, David Morris, on the run to Madgwick for the first time. Nicholas Topliss made it a marque 1-2-3 at the end of first lap, Gillies assuming the lead at Woodcote the second time around. Tom Dark then took Topliss for third aboard his Bugatti T73C.