The monsoon-like rain that fell during yesterday’s Royal Automobile Club TT Celebration race at the Goodwood Revival did nothing to dampen the spirits of the competitors, despite the final grid totalling almost £200 million. It was a tense moment for the owners and even more so for the insurers but not for Lord Drayson as his treasured million-pound Aston Martin DB4 GT was in a pair of safe hands.
“Paul started the race and when he handed the car over to me it was raining but it wasn’t too bad,” said Darren. “Towards the end though the rain was incredible and there was no way I was going to forget that I was driving Paul’s pride and joy. It was a lot of fun to drive. I have no idea where we finished but for the first time in my life that doesn’t actually matter!”
Darren was also entrusted with Nick Swift’s 1965 Mini Cooper S for the St Mary’s Trophy race. This is a two-part event with Darren racing on Saturday and Nick taking the wheel on Sunday. The final result is based on aggregate scores.
“I got away okay at the start from fifth place,” explained Darren. “I tried to get alongside Tom Kristensen’s Cortina but ended up on the grass, lost momentum and dropped to sixth. I then battled back through to third but Kristensen got me later on so I had to settle for fourth. The Minis lost so much time on the straights to the bigger cars.”
For the second race Nick qualified third and finished third so the aggregate score put the duo on the podium in third place.
“That was my second Revival and I hope there will be many more,” said Darren. “I need to say a big thank you to Nick and Paul for trusting me with their cars. Goodwood is an amazing event and I wish every race weekend was just like it! “