Another Newall Masterclass
The final Masters race of the weekend at Donington Park, the Allcomers race, including the CanAm Interserie Challenge, lined up on Sunday afternoon with Andrew Newall’s mighty 8.8 litre McLaren on pole, ahead of Mike Donovan’s Lola T70.
Newall took the lead at the start from a challenging Donovan, John Grant passing the Lola as the second lap began to make it a McLaren 1-2, having already disposed of Paul Gibson on lap 1. Donovan and Gibson ran together in their all-Lola battle for third, with Frank Bradley splitting them in 4th place by lap 4.
Newall was setting a string of fastest laps to put himself 6.5 seconds ahead of John Grant, but Frank Bradley eased past Mike Donovan into third place at Redgate at the start of lap 6, then began to work on the seven second deficit to Grant. Nick Pink sadly retired the Lola from 6th place on lap 7.
With eight minutes to go, Bradley kept the pressure on and took more time from John Grant, setting fastest lap on lap 8, then lap 9 to bring the gap down to 1.6 seconds by lap 10.
Heading into lap 12, the March had closed to less than a second from the McLaren, the gap static as they headed into the final lap. Bradley lunged down the inside as the pair headed into Melbourne Loop for the final time, Grant fighting back through Goddards and the McLaren fishtailing as the pair headed to the line, Bradley taking second place by one tenth of a second, behind the victorious Andrew Newall.