Vive La France - Jack’s won another trophy

Jack France receives the trophy Picture by Racepixels.co.uk
Jack France receives the trophy Picture by Racepixels.co.uk

Two local drivers made the trip to Spedeworth’s Aldershot Raceway to compete in their historic stock cars for the Eddie James Trophy - and one of them, Jack France, came home with the prize.

France, from Midhurst, and his right-hand man Rob Rice, who hails from Minsted, were chancing their arm in their classic MK ll Ford Cortinas.

A healthy field of 20 ironed up ‘old-timers’ made for some excellent close racing.

This is only Rice’s second season racing historics, having made the switch from Banger racing, while in addition to this formula, France still regularly races in the National Bangers.

The first race of the day saw France starting at his customary position at the rear of the grid but his Perryman Plant-sponsored car charged through the field. By the fall of the chequered flag, he had reached third.

In the second race, France again started positively, powering through the back markers to come home in second.

Rice used the two heats to garner further valuable experience.

The final was one of the most competitive in the formula ever seen at Aldershot.

Once again from the rear of the pack, France was aggressive but fair as he edged through the field. Over the final five of the planned 16 laps, he was one of three cars in very close proximity to each other.

Matters were still undecided coming into the final bend before the finish line. As they approached the last corner, a couple of desperate lunges went in. France emerged over the line a very relieved winner.

Rice impressed too, crossing the line in ninth position in a tough race.

MICHAEL BURNAGE