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Lovett at the double in Martini Trophy
Old 16 May 2011 16:47
Category: Historic Racing
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The Martini Trophy got off to a great start at Silverstone (14/15 May) with Ed Lovett taking a pair of victories during the HSCC International Trophy meeting on the Grand Prix circuit.

Created by the Historic Sports Car Club, the Martini Trophy is for the 2-litre sports-racing cars of the 1970s and has a four-event schedule in 2011. A very encouraging 20-car field arrived at Silverstone, with tremendous quality including former Le Mans racer John Sheldon and period 2-litre racer John Burton.

However, it was Lovett who made the running in his Lola T296, twice out-pacing the March 75S of Doug Hart. Saturday’s victory marked Lovett’s first overall race win, although oil and then light rain made it a testing race. But Lovett kept it all together to stay six seconds clear of the battle between Hart and Burton (Chevron B26). “It went perfectly,” said Lovett after a famous victory.

Racing for the first time since late in 2009, Burton pushed Hart hard over the opening half of the race before being slowed by a worsening misfire, later traced to a fuel pump problem.

A fabulous battle for fourth, and victory in the non-wing class, featured five cars in the early stages. Unfortunately, John Sheldon (Chevron B19) and Manfredo Rossi (Osella PA01) were eliminated in a tangle at Becketts. Sheldon felt he had been in with a shot at catching the B19 of non-wing class winner Sandy Watson before being forced to retire. Instead, Watson had to fend off the Lola T210 of Charlie Kemp on his way to class victory, while Neil Primrose (Lola T212) was also in contention in the early laps.

Sunday’s race followed a similar pattern with Lovett driving superbly to complete the double. This time, Hart got clear of Burton from the start to make sure of second place as the major battle was for fourth overall and victory in the non-wing class. Watson chased after early leader Kemp and then mounted a lengthy challenge on his younger rival. But Kemp held on tenaciously for fourth overall and first in class. Primrose again wrapped up the top six overall after a strong run.

Hart was one of the many drivers to rave about the opening event. “I loved it,” he said. “It’s what I’ve been waiting for ever since I bought the 2-litre car.” Burton was equally enthused by the start of the series. “It’s great to just have 2-litre cars in the race,” he said.
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