With all the festivities and frivolities taking place around the Motor Circuit this last weekend at the Goodwood Revival, there was some pretty hard-fought competition going on out on the track itself. Over the course of the weekend, there were 13 winners to crown from the packed programme of races.
The weekend got underway with the Freddie March Memorial Trophy on Friday evening. From there, two days were filled with the very best historic racing in the world.
Everyone, including the drivers, are in Goodwood to enjoy themselves and immerse themselves in the Revival atmosphere, but you’d be hard-pushed to find a racer who didn’t love the feeling of winning. So here, we’ll celebrate their successes and put them in the spotlight. Here are the race results from the 2023 Goodwood Revival.
Race 1: Freddie March Memorial Trophy
In its traditional Friday evening spot to signify the anniversary of the Goodwood Nine Hours, the Freddie March Memorial Trophy was an hour-long blast into the sunset. With an average speed of 91 miles per hour, it was the pair of Richard Wilson and Richard Bradley in their 1957 Maserati 250 S that triumphed. We love to see these sleek and beautiful ‘50s sportscars wend their way around the Motor Circuit, particularly as the sun begins to set.
Race 2: Goodwood Trophy
The first race action of Saturday morning got underway with the Goodwood Trophy for pre-war cars that raced during the very earliest days of the Motor Circuit in 1948. They took to the track like not a day had passed, let alone a year, and the racing action at the front of the field was close-fought. We even had an overtake for the lead on the last lap! It was Ian Baxter in a 1937 Alta 61 IS that took the honours by 0.103 seconds ahead of a host of ERAs.
Race 3: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy Part 1
Saturday’s race opener the Goodwood Trophy is followed up by a real change of pace. The two-wheeled warriors of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy sate the hunger of bike fans and show the meaning of true daring heroism around the Goodwood Motor Circuit. While George Thomas and Davey Todd put it on pole with Ian Bain and Steve Brogan in towe, both fell back in the race to a respective third and fourth behind Gordon Russell and Sebastian Gutsch and the race winners Steve Plater and Ben English, breaking the Norton Manx stranglehold on the podium with their Matchless G50.
Race 10: Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy Part 2
The second and final motorcycle race of the weekend was another highlight, as the 1960s grand prix bikes of the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy made their final appearance of this year’s Revival. Riders lined up on the grid in the same order as they did a day earlier for Part 1, but Part 2 delivered a different result. Following the drama of the Le Mans-style start, it was a similar leading group that got away from the grid first. Come the end of the race, it was the team of Michael Rutter and Michael Russell that stormed clear of the field to win by more than 11 seconds.
Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy: Combined Result
After two fraught races, Michael Rutter and Michael Russell took the combined honours in the Barry Sheene Memorial Trophy, scoring a victory for Norton Manx ahead of Stever Plater and Glen English on their Matchless G50. It was a comfortable win the end, as consistency proved the vital factor for our triumphant duo.
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Report by Simon Ostler
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