28 May, 2012
Reigate's Nick Padmore was out in action, making an appearance at the Historic Masters meeting at Brands Hatch GP, Kent last weekend. The sportscar regular teamed up with his father, Keith, for a shot at the Pre 66 Touring Cars race in Padmore Sr's 1965 Mini Cooper S.
A series of spectacular laps in qualifying by Padmore Jr. saw the #56 entry take 3rd in class for Sunday's race, and 13th overall in a grid fielded by no fewer than 43 cars.
Padmore Jr. started the 50-minute raceday finale and immediately got stuck in to a dice with pole-sitter Nick Swift in the opening laps. As the race settled Padmore retained P3 before handing over to Padmore Sr. for the second half of the race.
However, the latter found himself back in the pits the following lap and he was forced to retire the car with a broken fan after what had been such a promising display.
"It's very disappointing for everyone involved, especially my Dad who has put in endless amounts of hard work and effort with the car, but that's the way it goes sometimes and we've had a lot of fun in the process - the Masters Series is so well run and entertaining for everyone involved.
"We're taking the positives from the weekend though so it's good to know that the car is now capable to run at the front, so hopefully we can build on this when we're back out in a couple of weeks' time."
The Padmores will return to Brands Hatch on 16-17 June, this time for an attack on the Indy circuit at the Mini Festival.