June 8 - 9 2019

Masters Historic Race Weekend

LOCATION: Castle Donington, Derbyshire, 38 miles from Birmingham

NEAREST AIRPORT: East Midlands (2 miles) and Birmingham (35 miles)

June 8 - 9 - 2016

Masters Historic Race Weekend

LOCATION: Castle Donington, Derbyshire, 38 miles from Birmingham

NEAREST AIRPORT: East Midlands (2 miles) and Birmingham (35 miles)

RACE REPORT

Donington Park is a great circuit for historic racing and Masters was delighted to be back there for the Masters Historic Race Weekend! Drivers got to enjoy a relaxed, sociable Masters racing experience and the fans enjoyed close-up access to the cars in the garages, as well as great views out on track. Soggy Saturday vs Sunny Sunday though!

 


Voyazides/Hadfield take unexpected Masters Gentlemen Drivers win at Donington

Despite being regular winners, Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield took a very unexpected win in the Masters Gentlemen Drivers race at Donington Park. The twist was very much in the tail, as first a safety car with 15 minutes to go negated Hadfield’s 50-second deficit to the four lead cars, and then moments later the long-time leading Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé of Julian Thomas/Calum Lockie retired into the pits, the car on fire.

Hadfield took no time in dealing with new leader John Pearson, and despite a five-second time penalty incurred by Voyazides earlier, the Daytona Cobra stretched out enough of a lead over Pearson’s Jaguar E-type to take a win that had seemed very unlikely when Hadfield was still in sixth, catching John Spiers’ TVR Griffith that eventually finished third.

In fourth came Ron Maydon in the CLP-class-winning Ginetta G4R, Maydon sharing with Andy Willis on the occasion. From 11th on the grid, Willis had been the star of the opening stint and was in a solid fourth – and second in the CLP class – when he handed over to Maydon. The class win – and maybe even overall victory after the demise of the Thomas/Lockie Daytona Cobra – looked to have been Steve Soper’s, but a stop-and-go penalty for stopping short at the pitstops dropped him back, and then the Lotus Elan slid off into the gravel trap right after the safety car had gone. This handed second place in class to Mark Martin who went off twice and took a stop-and-go penalty himself but still salvaged ninth overall.

 

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger were the clear C2 class winners in their Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports while Peter Aylett and Steven Farrall took C1 class honours in the Diva GT, having chased the Austin Kinsella/Olivia Wilkinson MGB Roadster until Wilkinson’s retirement became the cause of the safety car – and that unexpected win for Voyazides and Hadfield.

Hadfield took no time in dealing with new leader John Pearson, and despite a five-second time penalty incurred by Voyazides earlier, the Daytona Cobra stretched out enough of a lead over Pearson’s Jaguar E-type to take a win that had seemed very unlikely when Hadfield was still in sixth, catching John Spiers’ TVR Griffith that eventually finished third.

In fourth came Ron Maydon in the CLP-class-winning Ginetta G4R, Maydon sharing with Andy Willis on the occasion. From 11th on the grid, Willis had been the star of the opening stint and was in a solid fourth – and second in the CLP class – when he handed over to Maydon. The class win – and maybe even overall victory after the demise of the Thomas/Lockie Daytona Cobra – looked to have been Steve Soper’s, but a stop-and-go penalty for stopping short at the pitstops dropped him back, and then the Lotus Elan slid off into the gravel trap right after the safety car had gone. This handed second place in class to Mark Martin who went off twice and took a stop-and-go penalty himself but still salvaged ninth overall.

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger were the clear C2 class winners in their Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports while Peter Aylett and Steven Farrall took C1 class honours in the Diva GT, having chased the Austin Kinsella/Olivia Wilkinson MGB Roadster until Wilkinson’s retirement became the cause of the safety car – and that unexpected win for Voyazides and Hadfield.

Davies takes controlled Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win at Donington

Craig Davies almost led from lights to flag to take a controlled win from the front in the Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at Donington. From ninth on a rain-affected starting grid, the Ford Mustang driver charged up into the lead on lap 2 and never looked back.

For most of the race, Davies was chased by the Julian Thomas/Calum Lockie Ford Falcon until that ground to a halt at Starkey’s Bridge with ten minutes to go. After that, the Mark Martin/Steve Soper Cortina took up the gauntlet but Davies allowed Soper no closer than 1.6 seconds at the end. The Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Ford Falcon finished a distant third.

Having already taken wins at Paul Ricard and Brands Hatch, Tom Bell again drove the fastest Mini, converting his shock pole position into a strong fourth place overall. Warren Briggs in another Mustang finished fifth ahead of Martin Strömmen in the second Cortina, leading the Minis of Dave Edgecombe, Dan Lewis and Jeff Smith/Jo Polley. Allan Ross-Jones was 12th as the third of the Cortinas. 

Gans takes emphatic Masters Historic Sports Car win at Donington Park

Michael Gans took a dominant non-championship Masters Historic Sports Car win at Donington Park after the challenges of the Andrew & Max Banks McLaren M6B and the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Lola T70 Mk3B faded.

Andrew Banks led during his opening stint, chased by Gans, but a stop-and-go penalty and a puncture put the McLaren out of contention. Hadfield then took up the chase but at two-thirds distance the Lola began smoking, the car retiring on lap 28 with a broken rocker.

This left Matt Wrigley’s Chevron B19 in second place, and although a late safety-car period bunched the field up, Gans re-established a useful gap as soon as the green flag was waved. Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie took a stunning third overall in the Bonnier-class-winning Chevron B8, with Paul Allen’s Lola T212 in fourth. The pre-66 Hulme class victory went to Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger in the Cooper Monaco King Cobra.

Owens storms to dominant SU Carburettors Masters Pre-66 Mini win at Donington Park
 
Endaf Owens took a dominant SU Carburettors Masters Pre-66 Mini win at Donington Park, having shaken off the close attentions of Ian Curley and Jeff Smith early on. When first Smith and then Curley retired, Owens was home free to win by almost a minute.
 
Elliot Stafford took second after a lonely race behind the initial top-three and a multi-car tussle behind him, that saw Nick Paddy come through to take third. Mark Burnett’s Mini Countryman took fourth when the Mini of Norwegian pairing Lars Ekorness/Edwin Solheim lost its engine on the penultimate lap.
 
The first half of the race was all about a three-way fight between Owens, Ian Curley and polesitter Jeff Smith, until Smith selected the wrong gear and overrevved the engine. The same had happened to pre-race favourite Nick Swift, who became a famous casualty as early as lap 2. With 15 minutes still to go, Curley became another shock retiree as his Mini dropped out of second place with an oil leak.

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