SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2016

Craig Davies takes convincing Masters Pre-66 Touring Car victory

Craig Davies powered his Ford Mustang to a convincing Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win at Spa after the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield challenge faded. The Greek retired their Ford Falcon with an overheating engine. From pole, Davies led from start to finish, having narrowly kept Voyazides at bay when the Falcon still ran. In the late stages of a damp race, Davies survived a safety car period to keep ahead of the Trevor Buckley/Rob Huff and Rob & Ben Hall Ford Falcons by three and four seconds respectively. The Alfa GTAs of Alex Furiani and Andrew & Max Banks ran second and third after the pitstops but couldn’t keep the two Falcons behind once their advantage was wiped away by the safety car.

I had a bit of a battle with Voyazides”, said a satisfied Davies, “It was very slippery, I drove it hard but wanted to keep the car in good trim, too. The safety car seemed to go on forever. I was very worried when I saw these guys [Huff and Hall] appear in my mirrors but I was able to keep a nice gap.

Furiani won the battle of the Alfas, even though the Banks & Banks GTA was never far away. Thomas Steinke finish a distant third in class. Furiani rued the arrival of the safety car, as the German saw his lead on the Falcons evaporate.

On the straight these V8s just fly past! You have to keep them on their toes to be able to stay in front but behind the safety car they were able to cool their tyres and brakes, so I was unable to hold them”, said Furiani. “I had a nice fight with the Banks car. They had a better rain setup than me, so they closed in whenever it would rain some more.

Italian Andrea Stortoni dominated the Lotus Cortina class, keeping well ahead of the Mark Martin/Andrew Haddon and Roger Stanford/James Littlejohn examples. It wasn’t as easy as it looked, explained the Italian.

In the first-corner confusion I was able to move up right to the back of the big boys”, said Stortoni, happy with his first class win. “I then did everything I could to stay in their tow. That’s how I managed to open up the gap to the other Cortinas.

Jonathan Lewis was an equally dominant victor in the Mini class. Lewis’ life was made even easier as his class rival went out of their way to amass as many warnings, time penalties and stop-and-go penalties for exceeding track limits as they could muster. Ron Maydon eventually took a distant second in class, with Belgian Jean Saeys in third.


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