Ferrer doubles up with second FIA Masters Historic Formula One win at Paul Ricard
Matteo Ferrer made it two from two by storming to an emphatic win in the second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Paul Ricard. Leading after one lap having started from the fourth row of the reversed grid for yesterday’s top eight, the Italian romped home unchallenged in his Ligier JS11/15.
That was very enjoyable, no issues at all”, said a phlegmatic Ferrer. “It was a fun first lap, with some very opportunistic moves, profiting from others making mistakes. The perfect weekend, yes, I’m very happy with that. I won’t always be having these so I’ll take them when they come!
On lap 10, Mike Cantillon moved his Williams FW07C past Jamie Constable’s Tyrrell 011 to claim second place. Charles Nearburg ran second early on but finished fourth in his Williams FW07C, heading Steve Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1 in fifth.
“It took a bit of time”, said Cantillon about finally making the move on Constable stick. “But it was good clean racing with Jamie, I really needed that after yesterday’s mishap.”
“He passed me on the straight”, said Constable. “He just had a little bit more power.”
Patrick d’Aubréry took his March 761 to a pre-78 class win, leading Jason Wright in the Shadow DN8 and Philippe Bonny in the Trojan T103. Yesterday’s class winner Henry Fletcher ended up bringing up the rear after a pitstop during the safety-car period from lap 3 to lap 6.
It was good”, said d’Aubréby, having started from the reversed-grid pole. “I had to be careful letting the post-78 past, though. After that it was quite easy.
Ferrer’s demon opening lap from seventh on the grid was good enough to lead after one lap, from Nearburg and Constable, with Cantillon moving up to fourth on lap 2, having passed pole man Patrick D’Aubréby and Jason Wright. Christophe d’Ansembourg and Henry Fletcher had dropped back behind Mark Hazell’s Williams FW08 but when Hazell spun on lap 3 and was left stranded facing in the opposite direction, the safety car was called.
On lap 6, the field was released again. As Ferrer instantly broke away, Constable stormed past Nearburg to take second on lap 7. Further back, d’Ansembourg and Hartley removed d’Aubréby from fifth. On lap 8, Cantillon grabbed third, pushing Nearburg down to fourth and immediately setting after Constable who was now trailing Ferrer by 8 seconds. One lap later, Cantillon was past. Meanwhile, d’Ansembourg spun away fifth place, the Belgian dropping down to seventh.
In front, Ferrer doubled up to cap a perfect weekend, with Cantillon and Constable in second and third. Nearburg was four seconds down on the pair in fourth, ahead of Hartley’s McLaren. In sixth, Patrick d’Aubréry won the pre-78 class, ahead of Jason Wright and Philippe Bonny.
It was jumping out of third gear”, said Wright about being unable to put a challenge to d’Aubréby. “And I had changed fifth gear to a longer ratio, after I had been hitting the rev limiter yesterday, but I lost that after two laps… So it was quite a struggle.
Four cars failed to make the start, having run into trouble in yesterday’s race: Joaquin Folch (Brabham BT49) was joined by James Hagan (Hesketh 308), Georg Hallau (Theodore N183) and ‘Mr John of B’ (Ligier JS11/15). The field then also lost Fabrice Lhéritier’s Tyrrell 010 after it came to a halt on the warm-up lap when it was due to start from the first row.
After Hazell’s demise and Hallau’s non-start, Richard Hope was the only man left standing in the post-83 Lauda class, proving the reliability of his Alfa Romeo-powered Osella FA1E by bringing it home for the second time running. Bruno Ferrari’s March 701 again claimed pre-71 Stewart Classc honours.