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The first running of Mini Britannia was based out of Silverstone and with the event almost running past the front door, it would have been rude not to attend. The event was split into Regularity and Competition, (which itself had a sub-category for Targa – modern cars). The Competition section gets all the headlines and it was Phil Hindley & Chris Williams (Porsche 911) who took victory by just over half a minute. Behind them only 0.4 seconds separated 2nd and 3rd places as Mark Freeman & Andre Genillard (AC Cobra) edged out Philip Walker & Howard Redhouse (Jaguar E-Type). The story hadn’t been quite that clear cut though as the top three had been close all event with Hindley’s stellar mid event race proving to be decisive.

Walker had held a slender lead after stage one from Freeman but disaster struck on the 2nd run through Stoneleigh as he dropped the best part of 15 seconds, slipping back to 6th overall. Freeman led from Hindley by just under 5 seconds. Walker was fastest on the next two tests at Packington to climb back up to 4th, whilst Freeman continued to extend his lead a few seconds. The Gaydon test suited agility and saw Hindley claw a second back with the Mini Cooper S of Harvey Death & Elaine MacLeod unsurprisingly fastest on this test.

Hindley then dominated the race at Silverstone to take the lead by over 30 seconds. Walker was up to 3rd just 4 seconds behind Freeman before the afternoon tests. Arncott played host to the next two tests and Walker was fastest over both of them, (impressively sideways between the curbs in his E-Type). Freeman gained slightly on Hindley overall, going 2nd and then 3rd fastest. But the event was then pretty much over as Becketts 1 saw most of the crews beat the bogey before the 2nd running was cancelled, in an attempt to get the event back on schedule. The final test saw beaten by 7 crews so the top 3 remained as they were.

In the Targa 4 crews started the event with only one crew retiring shortly after the midway point in the event. Harry Sherrard & Ivor Heading (BMW Mini Cooper) dominated from early on, showing there tarmac stage rally experience to win by over 4 minutes. Brian Barnes & Philip Morgan (Cobra) took 2nd place by a comfortable margin from the only other Targa crew to complete the event. Having missed several tests during the event, as well as running late, Liam Brady & John Williams (Porsche GT3) completed the podium.

In the regularity it is all about consistency and avoiding penalties. Keeping the penalty points low proved to be key as Richard Dresner & Colin Mackenzie (Jaguar XK150S) won overall having only finished =7th, =9th and 6th on the three tests, but there winning margin was 6 seconds over Steve & Tony Graham (Lancia Fulvia 1300). The Graham’s accumulated the least penalties on the final test but it was not enough as they only took two seconds from the Jaguar crew. Completing the podium were Fred Gallagher & Neil Oatley (Porsche 356) who had run better over the tests on time alone but were hit by more penalty points dropping them to 15 seconds behind 2nd place overall.

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