Racing Time-Line 2023-1966
Winner of Goodwood GRRC Spring Sprint for the over 3-litre modified/road legal class. Equipe Classic Racing Series with FIA pre-63 spec. Jaguar E-Type Drophead Coupe.
Testing at Guadix (Spain) in Feb/March: in a Group 2 BMW CSL Batmobile, a Chevron B26. March: Raced Jaguar E-Type at Brands Hatch (2nd in class 3rd overall). April: raced Chevron B26 and BMW 3.5CSL Batmobile at the Peter Auto Mugello Classic in Italy. Competed in the Goodwood GRRC Spring Sprint (1st in class in Jaguar E-Type). June: racing E-Type in the Equipe Pre-63 series at Silverstone GP Circuit. Then in August, racing E-Type at Snetterton Circuit. Championship winner in Equipe Classic Racing Pre-63 Series in Class for over-3litre cars.
Masters Historic Sports Car Championship (Chevron B26) 2nd in Class at Brands Hatch GP also a Lola T298 sports prototype race at Donington. HSCC Thundersports Championship (Chevron B26) Brands Hatch GP. GRRC Spring Sprint at Goodwood Motor Circuit (1st in pre-1980 class). Equipe Pre-63 Racing Series (Self-built Jaguar E-Type 1st Overall Brands Hatch, 3rd Overall Silverstone GP). GRRC 2-Hour Karting Endurance Race at Thruxton Circuit (Team Rossi Engineering). Also, much testing of other cars for next year, eg BMW 3.5 CSL Batmobile ex-Spa 24-hour winner. Targa Florio 3-day Regularity Rally in Sicily in an 800hp Ferrari 812 Superfast.
Testing race cars was to begin in March at Guadix circuit in Spain, with a full season planned in several cars. However, the Covid-19 global pandemic stopped all racing. Post-Covid race calendar to be advised….. Meanwhile, and under self-isolation, an FIA pre-63 specification Jaguar E-Type DHC has had a ground-up race preparation by Roberto for 2021 onwards. NB. See 1975-1979 for previous racing with Jaguar E-Types.
Pre-season testing at Guadix Circuit Spain. Peter Auto Lola 2BK/40. HSCC Thundersports series Lola T298, HSCC Historic Sports Cars Lotus Cortina, U2TC at Spa. CSCC Swinging Sixties series, CSCC Classic K series, Masters pre-66 Touring Cars, Dutch Youngtimers Race Series in an IMSA Datsun 240Z. Peter Auto CER2 with Lola T298 at Paul Ricard Circuit.
Peter Auto series Spa- Francorchamps, (Lola T298). HSCC Pre-80 Endurance series Lola T298. Spa 6-Hour Meeting U2TC and Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars with Lotus Cortina. Targa Florio Regularity Rally in a Ferrari F12.
Goodwood 75th Members Meeting Archie Scott Brown Trophy race in a self-restored and self prepared Lister Chevrolet. AMOC GT4 Championship (Porsche 968 Turbo RS). AMOC Intermarque Championship (Aston Martin V8). Goodwood Revival Meeting Sussex Trophy driving the Dean Van Lines Lister Chevrolet.
Goodwood Revival, Sussex Trophy driving the Dean Van Lines Lister Chevrolet BHL110. Motor Racing Legends, Stirling Moss Trophy. HRDC Allstars Coys Trophy. HSCC ’80s Endurance Series driving a Lola T298. VSCC ’50s Sportscars. HSCC Archie Scott Brown Trophy. Masters 70s Celebration driving a Datsun 240Z.
Goodwood Revival, Sussex Trophy (Lister Chevrolet BHL110). Goodwood 73rd Members’ Meeting, Graham Hill Trophy racing in Lotus 26R, Goodwood Salvadori Cup (Lister Chevrolet). Motor Racing Legends, Stirling Moss Trophy races (Lister Chevrolet). HSCC Archie-Scott-Brown Trophy race. Aston Martin Owners Club Intermarque Championship races (DB4 Lightweight). Master 70s Celebration races (IMSA spec Datsun 240Z).
Goodwood 72nd Members’ Meeting, Salvadori Cup. Motor Racing Legends Stirling Moss Trophy races in the Dean Van Lines Lister Chevrolet. Aston Martin Owners Club Intermarque Championship races in Aston Martin DB4 Lightweight. Historic Racing Drivers Club Touring Greats in Ford Zodiac Mk1. Masters 70’s Celebration in Datsun 240Z. Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy. Goodwood Revival Shelby Cup in a Ford Falcon Sprint.
Goodwood Revival Sussex Trophy (Lister-Chevrolet BHL110). Maserati Trofeo World Series – UK rounds. Masters pre-66 Touring Cars. HRDC Touring Greats. Masters 70s Celebration. Maserati Trofeo World Series official testing and consulting with the Maserati Works Team at Misano.
Masters pre-66 Touring Cars. HRDC Touring Greats. Masters 70s Celebration including outright win in an IMSA-spec Datsun 240Z. Gentleman Drivers Sports Cars. Under Two Litre Touring Cars. Other cars raced include ex-works Alfa Romeo GTA, Ford Falcon Sprint, Sunbeam Tiger, Triumph TR4, Austin A105/6 Westminster at various circuits including at Spa- Francorchamps.
Masters pre-66 Touring Cars in Ford Falcon. HRDC Touring Greats. Several races in the AMOC Intermarque Series. Mille Miglia Tribute Regularity Rally in Ferrari 599 finishing in 6th place.
Maserati Trofeo races at UK round at Brands Hatch. Masters Cloth Cap Series. Masters Top Hat Series OBG. Masters Series. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. World Sports Car Masters. Italian Historic Cup at Silverstone GP Circuit, second overall in ex-Roy Salvadori 5-litre Cooper-Maserati. Race wins and lap records in Lotus Elan 26R. Track tested the ex-Michele Alboreto Formula One Ferrari F126C4 (1000hp turbo car).
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship, including 3 races at Silverstone. Scottish Speedfair Knockhill Classic Races setting a new lap record, for pre-1990 cars, which is yet to be broken. Britcar Endurance Series. Masters Cloth Cap Series. Masters Top Hat Series. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Valcamonica Classic Hillclimb. Mugello Road Race regularity rally. Classic Sports Car Club Race. Race wins and lap records with Self-restored and self-prepared Lotus Elan 26R. Britcar podium with Lotus Motorsport Elise run by John Danby Racing.
Sports Racing Masters in UK and podium at Magny Cours (ex- Roy Salvadori 5 litre Cooper-Maserati). Masters Cloth Cap Series. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Valcamonica Classic Hillclimb. Race wins with Lotus Elan 26R.
Masters Series 1-hr Historic Race at Chimay Circuit outright race win with ex-works Lotus Elan 26R. Oulton Park Gold Cup in Lotus 26R. Coppa Milano-Sanremo Historic Rally. Brands Hatch SR> Challenge. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Track tested a Formula One Ferrari 312 B3 in Italy.
Guest driver on Maserati Trofeo World Series races. Two weeks in South Africa: Kyalami GP Circuit Sprint/Time Attack Competition driving eight different racing cars. Several drives in more racing cars at Zwartskops Racing Circuit South Africa. Oulton Park Gold Cup race. Bologna-San Luca Hillclimb class winner. Valsaviore Classic Hillclimb. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Milano-Sanremo Classic Rally in a Lotus 26R. Track tested a Formula One Tecno 3-litre in Italy.
Maserati Trofeo World Series (support race to British GP). Coys Sebring Salute European Historic Series. Cloth Cap European Historic Sportscar Championship. Gentleman Drivers & Sports Racing Challenge. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb. Refurbished and set-up the ex-Ian Walker Lotus Elan 26R race car. Milano-Sanremo Classic Rally in a Lamborghini Miura SV.
Spa 6-Hours Top Hat and Cloth Cap Race. Spa 6-Hours Sports Racing Challenge & Group 4 HSCC/HRSR Historic Racing Saloons with Merlyn-Lotus Mk6. Also raced an Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super. Class wins and places. Invited to test Maserati Trofeo race cars at Monza with Maserati Corse Works Team.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. Race wins and lap records with self-built and self-prepared Alfa Romeo GTA Turbo. Tested Formula 2 Ralt-Ferrari in Italy
Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship races. Spirit of Italy Sports Prototype & GT Race. Wins and lap records.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. Race wins and lap records. Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb. Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb.
Zolder Classic Saloon Car Race (Belgium). Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb in a Maserati Barchetta Corse race car. Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb in the legendary Alfa Romeo ‘GTAm’ Turbo.
Vernasca Silver Flag Hillclimb (Italy). Val Saviore Classic Hillclimb (Italy) in an Abarth Sports Prototype.
The British GT Championship sponsored by Privilege Insurance Company. Roberto was the number-1 driver racing a GT1 Harrier Cosworth and a GT2 Maserati Ghibli Cup car. The cars raced under the Natty Racing banner. Donington track test of the ex-PierLuigi Formula One Minardi-Ferrari; one of six Formula One cars tested.
Track tested the 1970 ex- Mark Donohue Le Mans Ferrari 512M. Track tested the ex-Jackie Stewart Ferrari 250 GTO. Track testing and race car development, including building the world’s fastest Alfa Romeo ‘GTAm’ 500bhp/790kg.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. (winning ‘Driver of the Year’ award) BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. On Easter Monday, after an epic race-long side-by-side battle with Chris Snowdon at Castle Combe Circuit, Autosport Magazine giving it the “Race of the Year”.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. (Best Car Award) BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. BRSCC Classic Alfa Romeo Trophy Championship Races.
Track testing and race car development. Built, raced and won races with a winning super-lightweight Alfa Romeo GTAm replica 700kg/180bhp. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events
BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship with race wins.
BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship with race wins.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Race wins and lap records. Also raced a self-prepared Group-1 Fiat Uno Turbo and an Alfa Romeo GTV6.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Many race wins and lap records. Built and raced a Group A Maserati Biturbo BTCC spec race car (quicker than the ‘works’ Campari car). This Maserati was due to race in the BTCC but the organisers banned turbo cars. The car then raced successfully in the BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship.
Zandvoort Historic GP Touring Car Race. BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship. BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Many race wins and lap records.
Zandvoort Historic GP Touring Car Race (2nd). Nurburgring Oldtimer Festival Touring Car Race (3rd). BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship (Champion). BRSCC Italian Intermarque Championship. Many race wins and lap records. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events.
BRSCC Alfa Romeo Championship (Champion). Built and raced the legendary, multiple championship winning, full race Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 2 litre GTAm. HSCC Pre-65 Saloon Car Championship. Races at the Atlantic Computers International Historic Races (Jaguar E-Type). Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events in a selection of Alfa Romeos and Ferrari Dino 246GT.
BARC Pre-65 Saloon Car Championship. Began the build of the championship winning Alfa Romeo 2 litre GTAm Junior Zagato. The project was supported by the late Peter Crutch.
Built and raced a 1964 FIA-spec Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT race car. Track-tested rare classic and competition cars, the property of the furniture designer Peter Crutch. Race instructing private clients at 96 Club events. Track testing and race car development.
Race prepared and outright win at Silverstone in a 1961 3.8 E-Type Jaguar Roadster. Raced the E-Type in AMOC Historic GT Championship, JDC Jaguars and HSCC Road Sports Cars, JDC Aston Martin/Jaguar/Porsche/Ferrari Challenge with success.
Track tested and gave passenger rides in a new Ferrari Boxer at Goodwood Motor Circuit and Silverstone GP Circuit on Maranello Concessionaires’ Trackdays run by Michael Scott. Developed, built and tested experimental Modsports 500bhp Jaguar E-Type Turbo. This car was track-tested at Brands Hatch, but the project ended when race organisers (fearing an ‘arms race’) banned turbos for Modsports cars. The E-Type was converted to triple Webers and sold.
BRSCC Simoniz Special Saloon Championship. Esso Uniflo Special Saloon Car Championship. Podium finish first time out in Ford Anglia 1760cc Lotus/BRM.
Various track testing, including an invitation to drive the entire range of new BMWs at Brands Hatch. Race car development, including assisting Steve Minton in the building of a 1760cc Lotus/BRM powered Ford Anglia Special Saloon. A 3.8 litre Jaguar-powered Ford Anglia project began but was side-lined in favour of the lightweight Lotus-Anglia.
Attended Brands Hatch Motor Racing Stables in a Lotus Formula Ford. Drove in race car test sessions at Brands Hatch in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint and a Lotus Cortina.
First competitive event: Oval Racing Sprint Race. In the 1966 Production Car Finals at Wimbledon Stadium, Roberto achieved runner-up position by 0.002seconds to the Hot Rod World Champion who was driving a Jaguar E-Type. The first prize was a luxury foreign holiday. Roberto was driving a self-prepared 997cc Ford Anglia. Roberto switched immediately to circuit racing with a course at Brands Hatch Motor Racing Stables.