British pair on podium in Silver State Classic

British driver Joe Ellis and co-driver Dave Hirons came second in their class in the recent Silver State Classic, a 90 mile road race that is held on Highway 318 just north of Las Vegas. The race requires drivers to average a speed as close as ...

British driver Joe Ellis and co-driver Dave Hirons came second in their class in the recent Silver State Classic, a 90 mile road race that is held on Highway 318 just north of Las Vegas. The race requires drivers to average a speed as close as possible to the target set for their class. The 160mph class that they had entered suffered a very high rate of attrition in the high desert heat of Nevada, with three other cars failing to make the finish. Joe, 35 from Banbury, tells the tale; "The cars are started at one minute intervals, and as one of the faster classes we didn't start until nearly last, in the hottest and windiest part of the day. As this was our car's first race, once I saw how many other cars had broken down at the side of the road, I was more concerned with finishing than setting a perfect time." Into a 20mph headwind Joe and Dave's Lotus Carlton, which they had prepared themselves, crossed the finish line to record an average of just over 150mph. They reached a peak speed on the course of 173mph. Dave Hirons, 35 also from Banbury commented, "It was a heck of a buzz to finish, but during the race I was too busy with stopwatches to think about the speed really." Joe hopes to go one better when he enters the Nevada Open Road Race, which is held on the same course in May.

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