Cantillon dominates for Masters Historic Formula One USA win in Austin
Mike Cantillon controlled proceedings in the opening race of the Masters Historic Formula One USA weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.
Cantillon, behind the wheel of the 1981-spec Williams FW07C, cruised away from his opponents and swiftly built a lead during the 10-lap race on Saturday evening, held in support of Formula One’s United States Grand Prix.
It ensured Cantillon remained clear of a fierce battle for the runner-up spot between Jonathan Holtzman and Gregory Thornton in their respective Lotus machines.
The pair swapped positions on a number of occasions before Thornton took the initiative in his 91/5, edging the similarly-liveried 87B.
Christophe D’Ansembourg and Charles Nearburg had a scintillating scrap for fourth spot that was settled in favour of the Brabham BT49 driver over his Williams FW07C counterpart.
Jamie Constable recovered from a minor pre-race fire and pit lane start to secure sixth spot, in front of James Hagan, with both behind the wheel of a Tyrrell 011.
In the Fittipaldi category Ron Maydon’s LEC CRP1 remained clear of Cal Meeker’s Parnelli VPJ-4 for class victory, split by Head class interloper Warren Briggs. Third in the Fittipaldi division went to Stephen Romak’s March 761.
The race finished behind the Safety Car owing to Tommy Dreelan’s Williams FW08 coming to a halt at Turn 14.