24 September, 2013
Adding to Nick Padmore's already busy weekend, he again teamed up with his Dad, Keith, for their latest instalment in their privately-entered 1965 Mini Cooper S for the Historic Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race.
The pair qualified on class pole by over 4 seconds for Sunday's 1-hour endurance with a hot lap from Padmore Jr. who took the Breitling Navitimer Replica opening stint of the race, which featured over 60 entries.
Enjoying a lengthy door-to-door battle for the class lead with Mini legend, Nick Swift, Padmore brought the car in for Padmore Sr. in the class lead.
Once back in the race Padmore Sr. rejoined the action in P2 with a strong stint but was caught out by a backmarker in the closing stages and dropped to P4, narrowly missing out on a podium finish.
"What a race! - I thoroughly enjoyed that. Swifty (Nick Swift) and I had an amazingly close battle, swapping places pretty much every lap, and we didn't once make contact.
"Dad has put so many hours into the car and it ran at full performance for an hour without missing a beat. Compared to where we were with car reliability two seasons ago, things have really moved forward.
"It would have been great to get on the podium but we're content with P4 - there was a lot of traffic and we definitely got the best from our race.
"It's great to see such big grids in every race at the Spa Six Hour event this weekend which says a lot for historic racing, and I'm having the most incredible time being a part of it."