SUNDAY 31ST JULY 2016

It's Matra Magic

The Can Am 50 Interserie Challenge had the honour of bringing the Silverstone Classic to a close with its second race on Sunday. Rob Hall’s Matra had pole position as the field lined up in finishing order from Saturday’s race.
A rolling start unleashed these thundering vehicles for a 20 minute race and it was Rob Hall who seized the advantage into Abbey, with Andrew Newall second and John Grant in third, from Michele Liguori and Tony Sinclair.

Andrew Newall began his chase of Rob Hall, experiencing déjà vu from Saturday’s race as he stuck doggedly within one second of the more nimble Matra. Frank Bradley had risen to 6th from a starting position of 8th but dropped again to 7th after a moment at Aintree. By lap 3, Derek Jones in the Rick Carlino GRD had risen to 12th from 17th on the grid, as John Grant slowed and retired the McLaren with a puncture.

By lap 5, Hall and Newall were still separated by just one second and were 2 seconds ahead of Liguori and Sinclair in 3rd and 4th. Mike Donovan was 8th in the T70, fighting off Marc Devis in the TOJ, just 0.2 seconds behind. At the halfway point, Newall had a moment at Stowe and began to drop away slowly as Devis passed Donovan into 7th. The James Claridge Lola retired from 8th as Derek Jones had risen to 9th place and was beginning an entertaining tussle with Robert Parker ahead in the Osella.

With just a couple of minutes to run, Andrew Newall was managing his second place and maintaining his CMA class lead with a safe gap of 40 seconds to Michele Liguori. Rob Hall took the win, INC class win and also Driver of the Weekend. Tony Sinclair came in fourth overall with INB victory, Jonathan Loader taking INA class win in 12th. Behind though, Derek Jones, having had a moment at Club, had closed again on Parker and grabbed third place in INB in a move at Stowe on the last lap.


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