Huff enjoys nostalgic weekend of historical racing at 73rd Goodwood Members' Meeting
Rob Huff wrestled an eclectic array of classic racecars at a busy and nostalgic 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting (21-22 March).
Huff opened and closed the first day of his Goodwood Members’ Meeting with the Graham Hill Trophy.
He and long-time friend, Richard Meins, wrestled their Jaguar E-Type to seventh with a best time of 1m28.370s in Saturday (21 March) morning’s qualifying session, before concluding the day’s action with the race itself.
Bearing the name of the great two-time Formula 1 World Champion, Graham Hill, the event featured some of the most recognisable and desirable GT cars from the golden era of sporscar racing in the 1960s.
Meins was first to get behind the wheel of the famous ‘CUT 7’ E-Type and took the battle to the more powerful AC Cobras, before handing the reins to Huff midway through the 30-minute race, the Newmarket driver continuing to push for a podium position.
Trying to reduce the deficit to the leading foursome while build a gap to the chasing AC Cobras behind, Huff showed great skill and determination to keep the E-Type on the track; with its huge amount of power and lack of grip, drifting was sometimes the quickest route around the 2.4mile circuit.
As the sun began to set and the headlights lit up the historic Chichester circuit, Huff crossed the line fifth overall to conclude an action-packed opening day.
Meins, who owns both the E-Type and a Ford Capri III, drove the latter to a fourth place finish in Saturday afternoon’s Gerry Marshall Trophy, which acted as a qualifier for the two-driver event on Sunday (22 March).
The big saloons took to the track once more for their main 45-minute race and, while some missed their pit window, the battle was as intense and exciting as ever, with the Bastos-liveried Ford Capri III 3.0S piloted by both Meins and Huff taking the fight to the Chevrolet Camaros and Rover SD1s towards the front end of the grid.
But, despite their best efforts, a mechanical issue brought their race to a premature end seven laps from the end.
Rob Huff will return to racing action in Round 2 of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) at the Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakech (17-19 April).