Sowerby took the flag in the ex-Carlos Reutemann Williams FW07C ten seconds ahead of Joaquin Folch in the Brabham BT49C-10 and the ex-Keke Rosberg Championship winning Williams FW08 of Richard Eyre.
The day’s racing got underway at 9am with the massive 52 car Formula Junior grid with Denis Welch taking the first win of the 2008 Silverstone Classic in the Merlyn Mk5/7 ahead of Gavin Pickering and Martin Walford. Single seaters provided the next on track action as the pre-1966 Grand Prix cars battled for the Jack Brabham Trophy. Enrico Spaggiari received the trophy from David Brabham after finishing just 1.4 seconds ahead of Peter Horsman and Mark Piercy.
Martin Stretton took the win in the first Group C race after a red flag caused the race to be shortened to 20 minutes. Stretton crossed the line in the Spice SE GTP just 1.1 seconds ahead of Justin Law’s Jaguar XJR8 and Andy Purdie’s Nissan R90-CK. The Group C cars will be providing the finale on Sunday with a 90-minute race for the David Leslie Memorial Trophy.
Mike Johnson took a dominant win in the Porsche Road Sports while Benjamin Eastick and Neil Cunningham won by a massive 53 seconds in the Jaguar D Type to lift The Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy. Martin Stretton lifted his second winners trophy of the day as he and Jon Minshaw were first across the line in the Jaguar E-Type to take the Innes Ireland Trophy with Motors TV in the Gentlemen Drivers GT and Sports Endurance Masters race.
The Stirling Moss Trophy for HSCC Historic Road Sports cars race was won by the Morgan Plus 8 of James Patterson, crossing the line eight seconds ahead of the Porsche 928 of Paul Anderson. The first James Hunt Trophy race for Grand Prix Cars was won by American Michael Fitzgerald in a March 761B after a great battle with Britain’s Peter Williams in a near-identical March 761.
The BRDC 500 Trophy for Pre-war Sports Cars was won by Peter Neumark and Simon Hope in their Alfa Romeo 8C Monza. The first day finale was provided by the World Sportscar Masters, 46 cars racing for the Denny Hulme Trophy with Hagerty in a 90-minute Le Mans style dusk race won by Ollie Hancock and his father Tony in the Lola T212, a lap ahead of their nearest rivals.
Off track the day began with a flyout by 30 hot air balloons and ended with a live performance by ‘Imagine the Beatles’ in front of a large crowd at Scarf & Goggles. Visitors to the Silverstone Classic also had plenty to see and do around the event. One of the highlights of the day was the two 30-minute performances by eScala, the four girls playing to a full house as visitors enjoyed the evening sunshine and convivial atmosphere.
The final day of the 2008 Silverstone Classic starts at 7am with the first of ten races, the second Stirling Moss Trophy race with Classic & Sports Car for the HSCC Historic Road Sports cars, getting underway at 9am. Like yesterday, there is a full programme of on and off track activities for the whole family.
The annual Silverstone Classic festival will be organised and promoted by Motion Works UK Limited (MWUK), the company recently licensed by Silverstone to stage the event for the next five years.
The annual Silverstone Classic is a celebration of motor racing across all decades from the 1920s to the 1990s on a current FIA approved circuit and is not totally historic as it also invites more contemporary races such as Group C, Saloons and late Formula One cars to be raced and seen in their appropriate surroundings. Classic Car Owner Clubs from across the UK and overseas play an important supporting role in recent years with 4,000 cars expected this year. The event Auction remains an important landmark and features such as the Scarf & Goggles meeting area, art & photo galleries, period air displays, funfairs, themed catering, will be retained and enhanced, with new attractions being added over the next few years.