As an experienced Chateau Impney competitor, Mark had plenty of room to improve on his time from last year. “It felt a lot quicker this year. To gain three seconds over a short course took a lot more speed on the corners,” said Mark.
“My knowledge from last year served me well, but I don’t think there’s a lot left in the car to go any faster in future.”
Mark won the Pre-1961 Racing Cars up to 1500cc class in 42.68 seconds in the Elva 100 FJ, beating closest rival James Hicks in the Caravelle Formula Junior by 1.4 seconds.
The Class 11 win wasn’t Mark’s only success of the weekend, as he took part in a thrilling three-way battle for the FTD while driving the Lotus 20/22 in Class 16. Although the Lotus won the title for son Jack at the inaugural event, Mark missed a gear going into the roundabout and so fell short of the FTD by just under two seconds – despite recording a speed of 77.1mph in front of the Chateau.
However, he managed to beat Jack’s time from last year, securing bragging rights in the Woodhouse home until next year’s event at least.