The Algarve Classic Festival has now established itself as the end of season meeting for historic racers to escape to when the wet and cold of the UK, which renders the season closed at home. The event held over three days at the spectacular newly built Portimao track features a wonderful display of varied motorsport. From a Pre-War grid to (new for this year) the 90s GT Legends – for cars of the type that would have competed at Le Mans in the 1990s and early 2000s when the cars were running as fast as they ever have at Le Sarthe.
The highlight of the weekend for many was the sight and sound of the Judd V10 Engined Dallara, driven by both James Cottingham and Max Girardo shrieking its way around the Portimao hills, the car which ran three times in the Le Mans 24 Hour, now taking part part in a high speed "90s GT" demonstration.
DK Engineering, regulars at the event also attended this year's Festival with a pair of 50's Sports Cars for the Stirling Moss and Woodcote Trophy Race and the ex Le Mans Dallara LMP car with its screaming Judd V10 for the aforementioned 90s GT Legends.
James Cottingham was sharing DK's Ecurie Ecosse Tojeiro Jaguar with Max Girardo, and a 2 Hour race long battle with the Lister Costin of Carlos Monteverde and Gary Pearson, ensued. The Lotus's of Miles Griffith and Greg Caton had sewn up first and second and it looked as if Max and James had secured third place with faster lap times than Gary Pearson in the chasing Lister Costin. However on driver change Girardo had unfortunately just tripped the pit lane speed limiter with the resulting drive through penalty demoting James to 4th place. The chase to catch Pearson was on and at the flag James finished less than two seconds behind Goodwood's most successful driver of the modern era.... But had there been one more lap...
David shared his AC Ace Bristol with DK's Acquisition Consultant Harvey Stanley, the pale blue car performed faultlessly from start to finish. The pair managed to finish 13th overall and ahead of the Ward, father and son , Ex Ecurie Ecosse XK120 .
A commendable result for both DK Teams.
Prior to setting off for Portugal David had competed with the Ace in the final round of the FISCAR Series at Castle Coombe. David has competed at every round of the series this year and the series organisers awarded David the "Whitehead Cup" trophy for consistency during 2016 – a wonderful way to cap of a successful years racing for all at DK.