May 25 - 26 - 2016

Masters Historic Festival

LOCATION: Longfield, Kent

NEAREST AIRPORT: London Heathrow (55 miles), London Gatwick (33 miles), London Stansted (46 miles)

RACE REPORT

Masters Members put on a show to be remembered at Brands Hatch in front of an admiring crowd. 

The 13th Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch was bigger and better in 2019!  The Brands Hatch GP circuit  providing the backdrop for some great racing. 

 


Thomas/Lockie double up to take another Masters Gentlemen Drivers win at Brands

Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie made it two out of two in Masters Gentlemen Drivers as the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé repeated their Paul Ricard win by another victory at Brands Hatch. In his opening stint, Thomas fought the Elans of Jake Hill and Steve Soper before Hill made a break towards the pitstops. With Lockie at the wheel, however, Soper and Rob Fenn in the Elan started by Hill had no answer against the Daytona Cobra.

Fenn duly finished second, 52 seconds down on Lockie, but Soper was out while trying to remove Fenn from second place in the midst of the pair dealing with a couple of backmarkers. Soper’s evasive action on the Cooper Straight proved costly, resulting in his premature retirement. 

Third overall went to the Jaguar E-type of Mark Donnor and Andrew Smith, the latter chasing Marco Attard down in the Corvette started by Tom Ingram. In a dash towards the chequered flag, Smith got the place by 0.131s… Following them home were Nick & Eddie Powell’s Elan and Ron Maydon’s Ginetta G4R, in second and third in the CLP class.

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger won the C2 class in their Morgan Plus 4 Supersports while Malcolm Paul and Rick Bourne capped a dominant performance in their TVR Grantura with victory in C1.

Fenn/Hill Mustang gallops to Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win at Brands

Rob Fenn and Jake Hill took Masters Pre-66 Touring Car honours at Brands Hatch, Hill in the Ford Mustang passing Mark Sumpter’s Lotus Cortina for the lead on lap 20. Third went to Craig Davies, whose Mustang led until a frantic pitstop phase coinciding with a safety-car period that shook up the order.

Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie took fourth in the Ford Falcon, having been second behind Davies early on, with poleman Ambrogio Perfetti coming in fifth in the second of the Cortinas. The Tom Ingram/Marco Attard Cortina grabbed third in class. 

At one time running third overall, Tom Bell and Joe Ferguson took a brilliant win in the Mini class, ahead of Jonathan Lewis and Ian Curley/Bill Sollis. Curley led the class early on before the Bell/Ferguson Mini asserted its authority. In 14th overall, Tom Sharp’s BMW 1800 TiSA was the quicker of the two BMWs in the race.

Beebee/O’Connell take FIA Masters Historic Sports Car win at Brands Hatch

In a shortened FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race punctuated by three safety-car periods, Robert Beebee and Martin O’Connell emerged victorious, their Lola T70 Mk3B beating stablemate Henry Fletcher in his Chevron B26. Fletcher had moved into the lead on lap 2, but on lap 25 couldn’t keep O’Connell behind. 

Third and fourth came the Jason Wright/Andy Wolfe Lola T70 Mk3B and the Joaquin Folch/Nick Padmore Chevron B19. Both cars were hurt by the second safety car, that came right in the pit window, and were denied a shot at victory when the race was redflagged with five minutes still on the clock, Paul Allen having beached his Lola T212 in the Paddock Hill Bend gravel. 

The Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger Cooper Monaco King Cobra looked like it had won the pre-66 class after a huge fight with the Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing Cooper Monaco T61M. When Farthing slowed after running out of fuel, Bellinger was home free for the class win – but then Ahlers was penalised for overtaking under the safety car, the result of which was that Jolly and Farthing won the class after all. 

Ross Hyett and Mark Owen took the Siffert and Bonnier classes respectively. Hyett took the lead from John Sheldon’s similar Chevron B16 into his first stint and was then helped by pitting under the safety car. Owen used a similar advantage to beat class rivals Frazer Gibney and Julian Thomas/Calum Lockie.

Stretton fends off Lyons and Ferrer to win first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Brands Hatch

Martin Stretton prevailed in a tense first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Brands Hatch, the Tyrrell 012 driver keeping young guns Michael Lyons and Matteo Ferrer-Aza at bay the whole race. 

Lyons’ Williams FW07B and Ferrer’s Ligier JS11/15 were snapping at Stretton’s heels from the start to the red flag on lap 16 that ended the race prematurely. The flag was waved after Lyons went off at Paddock Hill Bend in an attempt to dislodge Stretton from first place. On countback, Lyons was still classified second ahead of Ferrer. 

Phil Hall won the pre-78 class, his Theodore TR1 narrowly keeping ahead of James Hagan’s Hesketh 308. Henry Fletcher led the class early on but his March 761 ground to a halt on lap 7, handing the class lead to Hall. Jason Wright ran second initially but halfway into the race the American spun at Surtees to drop down to 14th. The Shadow DN8 driver still came back to reclaim third place in class.

Hartley back on winning form in second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Brands 

Steve Hartley delivered a corker of a race to win the second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Brands, his McLaren MP4/1 passing early leader Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011) and keeping Martin Stretton (Tyrrell 012) at bay until the safety car came out on lap 12 after an off by Mike Cantillon in the Williams FW07D. The race finished under the safety car. 

Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C) took fourth ahead of Matteo Ferrer-Aza (Ligier JS11/15). The Belgian had been chasing Constable in the early laps before succumbing to pressure from Hartley and Stretton on lap 9. 

From the back of the grid, Henry Fletcher stormed to sixth overall to claim pre-78 honours in his March 761. James Hagan’s Hesketh 308 took second in class, Jason Wright was third in the Shadow DN8. Following Stretton home in the post-83 class were Ian Simmonds (Tyrrell 012) and Mark Hazell (Williams FW08) in ninth and 11th overall respectively.

 


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