DT GOES BACK IN TIME
Darren Turner went back in time to the 1960's last weekend to compete at the Goodwood Revival race meeting. The double Le Mans winner went from top speeds of 215mph in the Aston Martin LMP1 car to 110mph flat out in a 1964 Austin Mini Cooper S…and loved every minute of it!
Darren raced two cars at Goodwood, the first being Andy Hack's Mini in the St Mary's Trophy. This was the Mini's first event so it was a bit down on straight-line speed but Darren still managed to qualify it in fifth place for Saturday's race.
"I dropped to sixth on the first lap but then got into a great battle with Robin Brundle and Desiree Wilson," said Darren. "I managed to fight my way through, all the way up to second, even after being pushed onto the grass by Robin. Olly (Gavin - the eventual winner) was too far ahead to catch by then so I had to settle for second. It was so much fun though; good hard racing, which is just how I like it."
Darren also raced a 1963 AC Cobra at Goodwood, which he described as a "very different animal" to the Mini.
"The Cobra was scary," he said. "I only had five laps on Friday then went straight into qualifying on Saturday. I took seventh so I was pretty pleased with that but a bit apprehensive about starting the race. It's hard to describe the car so I'll just say it has massive amounts of power, no brakes and handles like nothing I've ever driven before!"
A slightly nervous Darren took the start of Sunday's TT race in the AC Cobra. He made up a few places on lap one and handed over to the car's owner, Ludovic Caron, in fifth place at the halfway point. Caron did a top job and brought the car home in fifth.
"I've had an amazing weekend," said Darren. "I loved driving the Mini and, by the end of the TT race, I appreciated the Cobra too. By the time I got home I was actually missing the Cobra a little bit! Massive thanks to Goodwood for organising these drives for me. I have had an absolute ball. Thanks also to Andy and Ludovic for letting me drive their precious cars."