Local racers star at the Goodwood Revival

Gary Pearson leads at the end of the first lap of The Lavant Cup in his Jaguar D Type
Gary Pearson leads at the end of the first lap of The Lavant Cup in his Jaguar D Type

Gary Pearson dominated Saturday’s Lavant Cup at the Goodwood Revival to win a race celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type.

Driving 1955 ‘Long Nose’ D-Type, Pearson controlled the race from pole position to run out a clear winner.

Pearson has won more races at the annual Goodwood Revival than any other driver. Only motorcyclist Wayne Gardner has more overall victories at the annual nostalgia-packed event that encourages all spectators to attend in period costume from the period 1945-1966.

Pearson said after his victory: “This track is such a pleasure to drive round, especially in a car like a Jaguar D-Type. The sweeping nature of the circuit lends itself to cars like this – it makes for a very enjoyable experience.”

Buckingham’s Andy Wallace, the 1988 Le Mans 24-Hour Race winner, finished the race in sixth driving Nigel Webb’s 1955 Le Mans 24-Hour Race winning ‘Long Nose’. The car won Le Mans in the hands of Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb, and Wallace was pleased with his drive at Goodwood.

“This car is such a great car with an amazing history,” Wallace said. “I had great fun and this race was so important for this history and celebration of this type of car.”

Ben Eastick finished the race in seventh with his ‘Long Nose’. The Goodwood Revival debutant said: “I have worked so hard to be part of this amazing weekend.

“The Goodwood Revival is like no other event and I am really pleased to have been able to say I raced in this Lavant Cup celebration.

“I hope I will be handed an opportunity to race here at Goodwood in the future, and I would like to thank the Goodwood staff for making this race possible this year.”

Completing the local attack on the race was John Pearson. Driving a 1955 specification car, Pearson, the younger brother of race winner Gary, finished ninth.

Despite oil smoke slowing his pace across the last couple of laps, Pearson said: “It was great fun. I had a great time driving the car and it helped make the Revival a really special occasion.”

Turweston’s Barrie Williams could also be seen in the thick of the action at Goodwood, driving a number of cars throughout the three-day event.

Williams has contested races at every Goodwood Revival since the annual historic racing extravaganza was introduced to the motorsport calendar back in 1998, and this year he lined-up to participate in three races.

Sharing a Sunbeam Rapier with Michael Peet for the St Mary’s Trophy, Williams was involved in a memorable battle throughout the opening leg of the race on Saturday with touring car champions Jason Plato and Robb Gravett to claim 11th.

With Peet also finishing 11th in Sunday’s second leg, the duo were classified a combined seventh overall.

Williams was then 10th in The Shelby Cup for Ford V8-powered cars with Josh Sadler – although hopes of success in the TT Celebration race were cut short when his Iso Bizzarini retired after a handful of laps.

Williams said: “I have raced at Goodwood many times and this Revival meeting is amazing. Lord March and his hard-working team organise a wonderful event and I hope I can be back on-track here again next year.”