in Ferrari 330 P3
Gregor Fisken claimed a memorable double-podium in the iconic Ferrari 330 P3 in the Ferrari Historic Challenge at Paul Ricard at the weekend in what was a busy week for Fiskens, London’s foremost historic automobile dealership.
Driving chassis number 0844, one of only three P3s ever built, Gregor drove the 4-litre, V12 engined machine to third place overall in race one and stood on the third step of the podium again in race two, just missing out on a second place finish after a small spin on the last lap of the race. Racing the 1966-manufactured car on standard Dunlop racing tyres, Fisken took the fight to a pair of slick-shod 1980 Ferrari 512 BBLMs, in what was an exciting battle throughout the race!
Fisken paid tribute to Tim Samways’ Sporting and Historic Car Engineers, who prepared the car, and revealed his joy in racing such a prestigious racing car: “The car was beautifully prepared and I must thank all the guys at the team, firstly for inviting me to race and secondly for all their hard work during the weekend. To drive the P3 in anger in a proper race was an unforgettable experience. You don’t get to race a car with that amount of history very often, so I count it as a huge privilege to have done so and one of my most treasured motorsport memories.”
RAC Woodcote Trophy
This weekend the Fiskens team will be heading to Monza for the opening round of the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy, which they are once again supporting in 2008. England may not have qualified for the imminent European Championships in the world of Football, but a classic England v Italy contest is set to take place at the historic Italian circuit, as favourites Gavin Pickering in his Jaguar D-Type does battle with the beautiful Maserati 300S of Tony Smith.
The grid, for genuine sports-racers of the post-War era, up to and including December 1955, boats an impressive 26 cars, including Sir Stirling Moss in an OSCA, while the Tifosi will no doubt be supporting Richard Frankel in his stunning Ferrari 750 Monza.
“It’s another incredible grid,” said Fiskens Office Manager James Mitchell. “Congratulations must go to Duncan Wiltshire and his Motor Racing Legends team for organising such a fantastic event. Fiskens are delighted to be involved with the RAC Woodcote Trophy once more and we are all looking forward to this weekend’s action.
“The experience we get racing at and attending these events is invaluable in helping us understand our clients’ needs,” concluded Mitchell.
Meanwhile Fiskens’ Showroom Manager Joe Twyman also tasted the champagne racing at Snetterton last weekend in the HSCC’s Autosport Guards Trophy three hour race. Sharing a 1964 Elva Mk 7 with Roger Wills, a wily one stop fuel strategy coupled with a strong performance from both drivers allowed the pair to spring a surprise and finish fifth overall and first in class.
Twyman said: “It was a very satisfying result for Roger and I because we beat a number of quicker and more modern cars. At three hours long, the event is the longest historic race in the UK and a must for anyone who loves this type of racing.”