3 July 2022
Mark Holme was in action at Donington Park with his Carsafe Austin Healey 3000 in the Equipe Sprint series.
He qualified third on the grid for his opening heat, but lost a place to Jamie Boot’s TVR on the opening lap.
Having quickly recovered third as both he and Boot ousted Alexander Hewitson’s Healey, Boot then snatched the lead on lap four with Holme following a lap later, as he charged past Frederic Laurent’s Jaguar E-Type into Coppice.
He was able to consolidate a solid second, but was unable to make inroads on Boot’s lead. “I had to back off towards the end as a wheel bearing seal was leaking oil, but I couldn’t catch Jamie,” he explained.
With a light shower before the second heat, Holme had the conditions he had been hoping for and was able to take a dominant victory, having led by over three seconds on the opening lap.
“I got the lead on the Craner Curves on lap one, then drove away and won by 13.8 seconds,” he confirmed.
There was one more heat before the final and Holme once again dominated, after taking the lead from Tom Smith’s MGB on the Craner Curves on the opening lap.
“Lee Atkins’ TVR had a great start and I had two wheels on the grass at Redgate, but kept the power on and got Smith for the lead. It was a brave move,” he admitted after taking win number two from Boot by just under six seconds.
His win gave him pole position for the final, which proved to be a nose to tail duel throughout. But Boot had taken the outside line at Redgate from the start and was just ahead as they plunged down the Craner Curves.
Holme had the edge in the corners, but Boot’s V8 powered away on the straights. He managed to get alongside a couple of times and pushed his challenge to the limit, but Boot took the spoils with just 1.214 seconds to spare.
“I got wheelspin at the start so not my best start, but a great race and I really put my Healey through it,” he concluded after spending most of the race less than 0.5 secs apart.