Race report: Freddie March Memorial Trophy – Revival 2021
The Freddie March Memorial Trophy race brought the curtain down on the 2021 Goodwood Revival Meeting’s track action in dramatic style.
The 25-minute thrash for sports-racing car of the type that competed in the Goodwood Nine Hour events between 1952 and 1955 saw pole-sitter Gregor Fisken drop down to third at the start in his ex-Mille Miglia HWM, David Hart assuming the lead in his Maserati 300S from the Jaguar D-Type of Steve Brooks.
Nevertheless, barely a second covered the lead trio at the end of the fourth lap, with each driver driving beautifully as they began to lap backmarkers. Sadly, the leaders tangled at Madgwick at half-distance after the Maserati ran wide onto the grass. Brooks’ D-Type braked hard but couldn’t avoid tagging the Italian car. Fisken’s HWM clouted the Jaguar hard and retired only a few metres later. Hart, however, was able to continue and didn’t lose the lead. Brooks’ wounded D-Type also recovered, albeit 16 seconds down on the road with Martin Hunt’s HWM promoted to third from Austin Healey 100S man Karsten Le Blanc.
Hart lead by 25 second with only a third of the race left to go, Brooks running a further 2.5-seconds ahead of Hunt with Matthias Sielecki’s Aston Martin DB3S having by now moved into fourth place. Hunt came home the victor by 36 seconds from Brooks with Hunt a distant third.