enjoys glorious opening at Monza
The Fiskens-supported Royal Autombile Club Woodcote Trophy kicked off in stunning style in the glorious surroundings of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza at the weekend.
As ever, event organisers Motor Racing Legends assembled a superb field for the race and Fiskens Managing Director Gregor Fisken was delighted to receive a late invitation to drive an Allard J2X in the C4 class with Chris Phillips.
In beautiful sunshine for qualifying on Saturday, Fisken produced an impressive performance to take the class pole, and fourth overall on the grid, ahead of legendary historic racer Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams in Malcolm Verey’s similar Allard J2.
Minutes before the race, the heavens opened over Monza presenting a very different challenge from qualifying. Williams made the best start and led the race ahead of Richard McAlpine’s Kurtis and the Jaguar D-Type of Spencer Marsh. Phillips, who started the Allard J2X, kept in touch with the leaders during the first stint before handing over to Fisken. Gregor drove a strong stint, which included fastest lap, but couldn’t catch the leaders as Williams and Verey took victory.
Again in 2008, Fiskens will award the ‘Spirit of the Woodcote Trophy’ award after each round, with Arlette Mueller collecting the trophy at Monza thanks to an impressive drive in her Aston Martin DB3 Coupe.
“It was another fabulous weekend,” said Fiskens Office Manager James Mitchell. “Thanks again to Duncan Wiltshire and his Motor Racing Legends team for putting on a spectacular show and well done to all the competitors for producing a thrilling race. Special congratulations go to Arlette who was a worthy winner of our ‘Spirit of the Woodcote Trophy’ award.”
The next round of the Woodcote Trophy will take place at the Silverstone Classic on 25-27 July.
Victory in the GT and Sports Car Cup
Gregor also took part in the GT and Sports Car cup at Monza, once again sharing John Clark’s Jaguar E-Type which he raced at Mugello earlier in the season. A huge 42-car entry was represented on the grid, for the series organised by Flavien and Vanessa Marcais, with six E-Types and four AC Cobras doing battle for the overall honours.
A stunning lap time by Fisken saw him take pole position, a full 1.5 seconds clear of Martin Stretton in the next fastest E-Type, and a superb race followed from both Gregor and Clark.
Clark took the start and after a strong drive handed over to Gregor with the E-Type well placed in the top five. Fisken climbed the order during his stint and was embroiled in an incredible duel with Stretton in his similar E-Type. The pair fought nose to tail for an hour and a half, before Fisken finally came out on top to secure an excellent win.
“It was a really exciting race and a very hard, fair fight with Martin,” Gregor said. “John drove really well in the first stint to keep us in the running and I was simply delighted to be able to bring the car home to victory. Monza is one of those very rare circuits where you can feel the history all around you, so to record a victory there is hugely significant for me.”