September 6 - 8 - 2016

Historic Grand Prix

LOCATION: Zandvoort

NEAREST AIRPORT: Schiphol (30kms)

RACE REPORT

 

The Boys were certainly back in town for a bustling Historic Grand Prix, enjoying a great racing weekend at the seaside venue even if the weather was changeable! 

 

 


Thomas/Lockie take commanding Masters Gentlemen Drivers win at Zandvoort

Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie took no prisoners in their chase for Masters Gentlemen Drivers glory at Zandvoort, as the pair’s Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé led Nicky Pastorelli’s Ferrari 250 GTO/64 by a massive 31 seconds until the race finished in safety-car conditions after a fiery off by Caroline Rossi in the daunting Scheivlak corner from which she emerged unscathed. Thomas having set a scorching pace in his opening stint, Lockie’s job was all about conserving the car to the finish.

Steve Soper won the CLP-class battle to take third from his main rival Andrew Haddon, both in Elans, as the two kept ahead of the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Daytona Cobra and John Spiers’ TVR. Ron Maydon and his team mate for the occasion, Greg Thornton, claimed seventh overall and third in the CLP class.

In a stunning eighth place overall, local boys Michiel van Duijvendijk and Pascal Pandelaar took a crushing C1 class victory in their Porsche 904, winning by four laps from Peter Tognola’s Porsche 911. In C2, Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger led from lights to flag to finish 12th overall, well ahead of the Austin Healey 3000 chase led by the Nils-Fredrik Nyblaeus/Jeremy Welch example.

Olivier Hart takes home win in Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at Zandvoort

Despite a five-second time penalty for a jumped safety-car restart, home boy Olivier Hart claimed victory in the Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at Zandvoort. Across the line, the youngster’s Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA had nine seconds in hand over the Cortina of Mark Martin and Steve Soper. Soper passed pole man Chris Middlehurst’s Mini with five minutes to go, the pair completing an all-under-2-litre top-three on the twisty Dutch track.

The Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Ford Falcon was the only American V8 that broke into the top-five, Hadfield pipping Kevin Abbring on the final lap. The Dutch WRX star guesting in René de Vries’ Mini had run as high as third in his opening stint but was later scrapped from the results for a rules infringement.

Tom Bell and Jonathan Lewis were next up in the Mini class, ahead of Tom Sharp’s BMW 1800 TiSA, all three spending time in the top-five ahead of finishing sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. The Falcons of Martin Melling/Jason Minshaw and Chris Clarkson/David Smithies completed the over-2-litre podium.

Bradshaw beats the regulars in FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race at Zandvoort

Tom Bradshaw came, saw and conquered at Zandvoort, driving off to an imperious FIA Masters Historic Sports Car win at the Historic Grand Prix event. In his Chevron B19, he converted pole into a dominant 29-second win over Henry Fletcher who himself starred by hauling his B19 up to second from last on the grid.

In third, the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Lola T70 Mk3B won a thrilling duel with Manfredo Rossi’s Osella-Abarth PA1, Hadfield passing the Italian with ten minutes to go. The Simon Fish/Diogo Ferrão Lola T292 and the Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe T70 Mk3B were up next, ahead of Bonnier class winner James Allison in the first of the Chevron B8s, who held off Greg Thornton’s example by a mere whisker. Meanwhile, Nicky Pastorelli drove his Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona to a dominant win in the Pescarolo class, with John Sheldon taking the Siffert-class win in his Chevron B16.

The Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger Cooper Monaco King Cobra decided an exciting battle for pre-66 Hulme-class honours in its favour, Ahlers repassing Chris Drake in the McLaren M1B started by Mark Shaw when ten minutes before the end a light drizzle turned parts of the track into a treacherous place. Behind them, Chris Jolly and Steve Farthing were happy to take third in class in the Cooper Monaco T61M, as it assured them of the pre-66 title.

Tilley weathers the storm to win first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Zandvoort

On a very wet Zandvoort, Kyle Tilley won from the front to take the spoils in the first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at the Dutch venue. The Ensign N177 driver’s main challenge faded on lap 2 when Henry Fletcher went off at Tarzan corner, the suspension of his March 761 having collapsed.

At the restart after the safety-car period required to salvage Fletcher’s car, Chris Perkins took second in his Surtees TS16, passing both Jason Wright (Shadow DN8) and James Hagan (Hesketh 308), but was repassed by Wright on lap 7. When Perkins looked like losing third place by incurring a 10-second time penalty for what turned out to be a jumped restart, his rival Hagan dropped back to eighth suffering from gearbox maladies.

This left Vincent Rivet’s March 811 in fourth but 11 seconds down on Perkins, while Bob Blain (March 761), Ian Simmonds (Tyrrell 012) and Georg Hallau (Theodore N183) fought tooth and nail over fifth, and finishing in that order. Rivet, Simmonds and Hallau claimed the post-78 honours of a race that started without championship leader Matteo Ferrer (Ligier JS11/15) who was an innocent victim of Friday qualifying, the Italian tripping over the oil spilt by the blown Cosworth DFV in the back of Andrew Haddon’s Hesketh 308C. Haddon along with Michael Lyons’ McLaren M26 were two more non-starters, Lyons also going off in qualifying.

Fletcher wins from the back in very wet second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Zandvoort

Henry Fletcher made up for a miserable first day of the Historic Grand Prix at Zandvoort by claiming a convincing win in a very wet second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race in the Dutch dunes. Having started from the back, the March 761 driver passed early leader Georg Hallau’s Theodore N183 on lap 5 and charged to a 14-second win over race 1 winner Kyle Tilley.

Two offs at the chicane blighted Tilley’s challenge, and Fletcher was too far away when he too moved past the Theodore. With Fletcher responding with fastest lap of the race, Tilley gave up the chase to bring home second place. Hallau finished third to claim post-78 glory.

James Hagan’s Hesketh 308 featured at the front in the opening laps but couldn’t follow the wet-weather pace set by Fletcher and Tilley. The Irishman did complete the pre-78 podium by taking fourth overall, ahead of Ian Simmonds in the Tyrrell 012, Jason Wright in the Shadow DN8 and Chris Perkins in the Surtees TS16. After the race, Hagan was handed a 60-second penalty for retaking his position at the start, having stalled on the dummy grid. This dropped him down to seventh and handed third place in the pre-78 class to Wright.


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