Rockingham's Coys Festival race 12

28th May 2001 Race 12 - The Coys Cup for pre-'66 Single Seater Racing Cars 20 minutes + 1 lap An impressive victory for Frank Sytner in the Brabham BT4 gave him a hat trick of wins over the Coys Historic Festival weekend. Richard...

28th May 2001

Race 12 - The Coys Cup for pre-'66 Single Seater Racing Cars
20 minutes + 1 lap

An impressive victory for Frank Sytner in the Brabham BT4 gave him a hat trick of wins over the Coys Historic Festival weekend. Richard Attwood drove his BRM through the field to finish second after dropping to the back after a spin.

Richard Attwood got the better start moving ahead of pole sitter Sytner as the 21 car field dropped down from the turn one banking onto the straight. David Grace in the Lola T55 also got an amazing start moving up from 12th on the grid to come out of turn 1 in 7th place. Attwood slowed for the left hander to enter the infield section when his car swapped ends, forcing him to sit and watch as the entire field swept past his BRM before he rejoined the fray. Frank Sytner took advantage of the confusion to move ahead of the rest of the pack, with David Grace weaving around the cars ahead of him to move into second place. As the cars crossed the start/finish line for the first time Sytner had a huge 4.5 second lead over Grace.

On the second lap David Grace was unable to hold off the challenge of James King and Rod Jolley and soon dropped back to 4th place. Meanwhile, Attwood pushed his car to the limit and was fairly slicing his way through the field. By the end of the lap four he was up behind Grace and the BRM swept past the smaller Lola on the turn 4 banking to move into 4th place.

Sytner opened up a ten second gap to second placed James King, who was battling hard with Rod Jolley. However, these two soon had Attwood's green BRM filling their mirrors. On lap 5 Attwood closed right down on Jolley and made the passing manoeuvre look very easy to take the podium position. Attwood then set off after King. A lap later he caught the American at the hairpin and got a better run out of the corner to pass the Brabham Climax on the straight.

By this time Frank Sytner held a 12 second advantage and there was nothing Richard Attwood could do to close the gap in the remaining few laps. At the chequered flag Frank Sytner took his third win, ten seconds ahead of Richard Attwood and twenty five seconds in front of James King.

Frank Sytner accepted his victory garland, very pleased with his weekend's endeavours, "What a fantastic weekend, Rockingham has got to be one of the best tracks in the world." Richard Attwood explained what had happened on the opening lap. "I'm out of practice and I spun off," he admitted. "I had to wait for everyone to go through unfortunately, but it has been a great weekend."

-RMS-

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Series Vintage
Drivers Frank Sytner , Richard Atwood , James King , Rod Jolley