SATURDAY 13TH JULY 2019

Davison rises to cap weekend in style

James Davison completed a remarkable comeback as he rose from 17th on the grid to take victory in the second Masters Historic Formula One race at Silverstone.

The reversed-grid encounter, running in support of the British Grand Prix, started with practice and qualifying pacesetter Davison down in 17th after a broken drive shaft halted his charge in Race 1.

Davison quickly worked his way into the reckoning after just a handful of laps and gained more spots when early leader Jamie Constable encountered trouble after a wheel broke.

Constable held a slender advantage but his race came to a premature end when his Tyrrell 011 found itself in the gravel at the final corner, bringing out the Safety Car.

At the restart Davison surged into the lead and he combatted a threat from Jean-Denis Deletraz by setting the fastest lap on the last of 11 laps, winning by 3.6 seconds.

Ex-F1 racer Deletraz prevailed in a close three-way battle for second place as his ATS D4 edged Race 1 winner Katsuaki Kubota (Lotus 91/7) by just three-tenths of a second, with Steve Hartley (McLaren MP4/1) a fraction behind in fourth spot.

Henry Fletcher spearheaded the Fittipaldi category in fifth place overall, with Warren Briggs (McLaren M29) and Fittipaldi runner-up Gregor Fisken (Shadow DN5) next up.

David Shaw made it two wins out of two in the Stewart division as he beat Red Bull F1 design guru Adrian Newey by 1.5s, the March 721 pilot once again crossing the line clear of the Lotus 49.

Sole Lauda class entrant Ian Simmonds ran competitively early on but his race came to a halt during the closing stages as he stopped on track in the final sector.


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