15 August 2022
Mark Holme was back on the top step of the podium at Snetterton, when his Austin Healey 3000 took a dominant victory in the GTS Pre 63 & Pre 50 Sports Cars.
He qualified first in class but second overall to Dafydd Richards’ Lotus XI. But with both drivers making tardy starts, it was Roberto Giordanelli’s Jaguar E-Type taking the early lead.
As they completed the opening lap Holme was just 0.595 secs off the lead and dived down Giordanelli’s inside into the Agostini Hairpin to lead on the exit.
“He was expecting me to catch him, but where he was quick on the straights, I was quick through the corners,” Holme explained.
The lead grew fairly rapidly, with Holme staying out as long as he could before making his compulsory pitstop.
Rejoining with a lead of over eight seconds still intact, Richards was into second and began to close on Holme’s lead. But the Healey was still well clear as time ran out and victory was Holme’s by 2.9 secs.
“A win is a win, the car had to run well and me too, but I had to go flat out at the end as I could see the Lotus catching me,” he added.
There was another huge grid for the Equipe GTS with Holme lining up in his MGB, 13th overall and third in class, after a red flag interrupted session.
It was a stunning first lap though, making six places from his grid position to hold a solid seventh.
He gradually edged closer to the Wenman Morgan +4, he was soon in sixth and set Mark Ashworth’s MGB as his next target. After losing time for a couple of laps, he started to close again, but after seven laps his race was run.
“We had a different diff set up and it started to overheat, so with the temperature high I decided to pull off,” he concluded.
Thanks to Tom Ebbs Motorsport and Denis Welch Motorsport for the preparation.