The Sir John Whitmore Trophy is for sub 2.0-litre touring cars. With a grid of nearly 40 cars, over third being Ford Lotus Cortinas and with drivers such as BTCC stars Gordon Sheddon and Matt Neal competing against regular competitors such as Grant Tromans and Richard Meaden, this was going to be a great race. And so it proved. In the opening laps the two Cortinas, with Sheddon and Meaden at the wheel, were in close formation with the lead swapping the lead several times, with Alex Furani’s Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA keeping third.
However the gremlins struck the number 152 Cortina of the BTCC pair and they were forced to retire. The race pace continued after the driver change over with notable stalwarts of Jackie Oliver in a BMW 1800 TiSA and Martin Stretton in a Lotus Cortina making progress through the field. With a collection of mid-field Minis dicing with each other and taking no prisoners when it came to punishing errors from others.
At the flag it was the Meaden/Tromans Cortina that took the honours after a consistently fast pace, followed by Richard Dutton/Neil Brown in another Lotus Cortina. Third went to Max and Andrew Banks who qualified eighth in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA showing that consistency with determination pays off. A real race from lights to flag and one that kept the fans enthralled on a bright sunny Saturday.