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2017 Spa Six Hours report
Nightmare morphs into fairytale

Chris Ward/Andrew Smith, Ford GT40, 2016 Spa Six Hours

The 2017 edition of the Spa Six Hours was won by the most unlikely of driver pairings – at least for anyone who was a witness of Chris Ward punting off Andrew Smith only the week before, during a very tense RAC TT Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival. Inadvertently or not, it happened, and Ward received a lot of flak for it. And the next weekend he would be teaming up with the victim of his actions. But the nightmare turned into a fairytale. The two shook hands, vowed to put it behind them, and concluded another tense race with a victory that was theirs to grab when their German GT40 rivals faltered during one of their refuelling stops.

 

2017 Goodwood Revival report
Don't rain on my parade

The Goodwood Revival has almost always been blessed by a glorious late-summer sun but this year the event’s luck ran out. The weather played a huge part in the 2017 edition of the Goodwood Revival, especially dampening the spirits of those residing on the surrounding campsites, and making the daily car-park exit a nightmare for all other visitors, but there were upsides too. The racing was all the more entertaining while much less visitors were seen searching for cover at the first sign of rain than in 2013, when the event was also marred by incessant rainfall.

Michael Gans/Andy Wolfe, AC Cobra, 2017 Goodwood Revival

 

2017 Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix report
Dune tragedy

Phil Hall, Theodore TR1, 2017 Zandvoort Historic GP

The sixth edition of Zandvoort’s Historic Grand Prix had everything – a competitive entry for 12 races, three days of glorious weather (except for a cloudburst on Friday), and an upturn in attendance after a dip from the 50,000+ heights that were reached in 2015. And still a dark cloud hung over the events after everyone left for home. Four days later, the historic motor racing world would be in shock from Frenchman David Ferrer succumbing to the injuries sustained in a horrendous crash on Saturday.

 

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