Things got quite busy before the first tour of St. Mary’s corner when a triple spin and some contact took two cars out of the race. There were a couple more excursions onto the grass, most of which were harmless, but the Riley One Point Five of Ding Boston wasn’t so lucky; a bump into the tyre wall forced retirement.
As things settled down (relatively speaking), Chris Ward’s Jaguar was leading before he waved by Fred Shepherd in the Ford Thunderbird. Post-race, he says it was a problem with the brakes that caused him to slow down, but the apparent fault cleared up and Ward got back on the pace. He clawed back the lead but it was touch and go as to who would cross the line first. As it transpired, gearbox problems led Ward to lose speed on the way out of the Chicane for the final time, robbing us of what could have been a photo finish.