Nigel Garrett wins first PHTC race. Neil 5th after being balked at the start

David Howard was on pole but didn’t pull away very quickly and it was Mark Lucock leading into the first corner in his RS2000. David Howard didn’t get much further, pulling off the circuit when his exhaust came adrift, baulking Brian Stevens (Lotus Cortina Mk1) and Neil Bray (Capri) in the process.

Nigel Garrett had started on the second row in his Dolomite but was soon up behind Mark Lucock and powered past him to take the lead as they crossed the line at the end of the first lap. The Dolomite and RS 2000 were evenly matched, the Dolomite more powerful but outcornered by the RS2000 on the right handers. The two swapped places through much of the race but Nigel used all of his experience and was in the right place when the flag fell.

Behind the leading duo William Jenkins had a lonely race in his BMW 3.0 CSL, now repaired after it’s head gadget problems at Lydden that had stemmed from his Brands incident.

Neil had dropped to last after being caught up in David Howards problems, not helped by a lurid spin across the grass exiting Coram on the first lap. He soon composed himself and came through the field to finish 5th at the end

1. Nigel Garrett (Dolomite)
2. Mark Lucock (RS2000)
3. William Jenkins BMW 3.0 CSL
4. Brian Stevens (Lotus Cortina Mk1)
5. Neil Bray (Capri)
6. Phil Waller (Avenger)
7. Tony Crates (Lotus Cortina Mk2)
8. Daniel Ryan (Mexico)

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