The concept of the St Mary’s trophy is very simple: it is a race divided into two races, each lasting 25 minutes. One race with pro drivers at the wheel and one race for car owners. The first race is without a doubt the one to watch as touring car legends like Gordon Shedden, Rob Huff, and Andy Priaulx can be seen swapping paint along the track. The tension stays electrifying even when the owners take the wheel. Names like Steve Soper have been synonymous with classic car racing for as long as most of us can remember.
The pro race was an absolute thriller with Andy Priaulx taking victory after Rob Huff, who crossed the line first, received a 10-second penalty for jump-starting the race. The owner race was no less exciting than the pro race, albeit with a few more incidents: a huge barrel roll took out one of the Cortinas leaving the driver unharmed, while the Plymouth Cortina ploughed straight through the chicane taking the Styrofoam wall with it, causing a red flag and a restart. After the restart, it was youngster Olivier Hart who got away and took the chequered flag in his stunning Alfa Romeo. Steve Soper came in third, which meant that combined with his teammate Andy Priaulx’s win in the first race, the duo grabbed the coveted St Mary’s Trophy.
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