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Big Fords dominate in Algarve HTCC

Motor Racing Legends Historic Touring Car Competitors wrapped up their 2018 season at last weekend’s Algarve Classic Festival where the Mk2 Ford Escort of Mark Freemantle and Tony Paxman led home the Historic Touring Car Challengers.

In Saturday morning’s Historic Touring Car Challenge, Ric Wood and BTCC driver, Adam Morgan dominated the qualifying session, posting a pole time of 2.02.46 in Ric’s Ford Capri. They started the two hour race five seconds clear of Mark Freemantle and Tony Paxman’s Mk 2 Escort with Malcom Harding’s Zakspeed Escort Mk2 in P3.


In the race, the mighty Ford Capri of Wood and Morgan pulled out a healthy lead, dominating the race before retiring 25 minutes from the flag. This left Tony Paxman and Mark Freemantle a clear path for victory in the Ford Escort, as Harding’s Escort suffered fuel pump issues on lap one from which they never fully recovered. The Rover SD1 of Fred Wakeman/Patrick Blakeney-Edwards/Mike Grant-Peterkin was nursed over the line to finish in second place, down to its last few drops of fuel and third home, the first of the Tony Dron Trophy competitors was the mighty Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTi of Jim Morris and Tom Shephard.

Paul Mensley and Chris Eaton were fourth home in the Ford RS500 and Patrick Watts sharing his Ford Capri with Steve Soper, rounded out the top five, (second on the Tony Dron podium) – despite breaking their gearbox in qualifying and making a dash to Lisbon to pick up and fix a replacement.