Goodwood Revival 2010 - 18.09.2010

The Goodwood Revival is widely regarded as the UK's and perhaps even the World's foremost historic motor racing event.

2010 saw a massive 4 car entry for Roger with an interesting selection of cars from the stable:

1959 Gaz Volga- initially Roger was down to share with Russian Formula 1 ace Vitaly Petrov but due to Renault testing commitments he pulled out at the last minute. Fellow Kiwi Paul Radisich took his place and the pair fought for honours in the two part St Mary's Trophy Race. The results were probably reflective of the fact that the car was both down on power and massively overweight in comparison to the front runners, but never the less the car made a big impression with the team at CCK earning the coverted "Best Presented Award" from Lord March.

1965 McLaren M1B- Having qualified on the front row behind Andrew Smith for the Whitsun Trophy, Roger got the jump on the rapid Scot and lead the field away from the start. The pair exchanged the lead and the overall lap record but after 16 laps Smith crossed the finish line less than a second ahead of Roger. Both drivers smashed Jim Clark/Jackie Stewart's shared lap record which had stood for 45 years!

1959 Lotus 15- For the two driver Madgwick Cup race, Roger shared with regular team mate Joe Twyman. With the Whitsun Trophy race immediately before, Joe started the race from pole. After battles with both Rob Hall and Graeme Dodd (Lola Mk1 and Cooper Monaco respectively) he handed the car to Roger with a healthy lead around the half-way point. The lead was never to be challenged and Roger bought the car home with a 45 second winning advantage.

1959 Cooper T51- Driving his ex Bruce McLaren Cooper grand prix car Roger got an absolutely amazing start from the 2nd row to lead at the end of lap 1. Wills remained out front until the final tour when the recovering Nick Wigley who had driven the race of his life from 10th on the grid passed him for the lead. Wigley's efforts earned him the "Driver of the Day" award, one which was thoroughly deserved.

Overall the weekend was by far the most successful of any Revival with none of the cars missing a beat. The preparation by CCK, WDK Motorsport and Neil Twyman Ltd was, as always faultless.

Lotus XV Madgwick CupWills takes the chequered flag to win the Madgwick CupRoger Wills & Joe TwymanGordon Trophy in the ex Bruce McLaren Cooper T51 ClimaxPost race interviewSmoking a victory cigar presented by Lord March's butler to the top threeGaz Volga- St.Mary's TrophyMadgwick Cup presentationPre race with Paul RadisichGaz VolgaMcLaren M1B- 2nd Whitsun TrophyCooper T51 - 2nd Gordon Trophy

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