Kubota beats Hartley to triumph at Silverstone
Katsuaki Kubota claimed a stunning victory during an enthralling Masters Historic Formula One race in support of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday.
Practice and qualifying pacesetter James Davison led away from pole position but a suspected broken drive shaft in the Lotus 81 forced him to pull to the side of the track after just two laps.
That elevated Steve Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1 into the lead but he faced sustained pressure from Lotus 91/7 racer Kubota through the closing stages.
Kubota lit up the timing screens by posting the fastest time on the penultimate lap and when the chequered flag flew it was the Japanese racer who greeted it first, working his way past Hartley on the last lap of the 25-minute encounter.
Hartley trailed by just seven-tenths of a second while ex-F1 driver Jean-Denis Deletraz filled the podium places after a stirring drive aboard the ATS D4.
Fourth place was the reward for Jordan Grogor and the Arrows A3 while the Fittipaldi class was led by Henry Fletcher in the March 761.
Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011) and Warren Briggs (McLaren M29) were sixth and seventh respectively, while eighth overall went to sole Lauda class representative Ian Simmonds in the Bennetton-liveried Tyrrell 012.
Jonathan Holtzman’s Lotus 87B and Fittipaldi class runner-up Nicky Pastorelli (March 761) were the final drivers to occupy a spot in the top 10.
The Stewart class was won by David Shaw, driving the Eiffelland March 721, after early leader Adrian Newey span, along with Mark Martin (Hesketh 308), bringing out the Safety Car.
Newey was able to re-join the action and classified just 1.7 seconds behind his opponent as he took runner-up in class.