Padmore does the double
The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship cars lined up on the grid of Donington’s Grand Prix circuit with Nick Padmore on pole in the Williams FW07C and Martin Stretton alongside in the Tyrrell 010.
At lights out, Stretton was slow away, Padmore taking the advantage with Mike Wrigley moving into second place in front of Stretton and Deman, but Stretton passed Wrigley into Redgate as the second lap began. Behind, Max Smith-Hilliard made up two places in the Shadow and then took 7th place when Steve Hartley spun at the Melbourne loop.
Deman passed Wrigley on the third lap into third place, while Greg Thornton’s Lotus was also closing on Wrigley until the Williams stopped in the gravel at the Fogarty Esses. In what was becoming a race of attrition, Steve Hartley pitted on lap 7 with high water temperature, having recovered up to 8th from his spin.
Padmore was up front, controlling the race with a 2.6 second gap to Stretton, the field taking care while the Wrigley car was recovered from the gravel. Behind, Deman and Thornton were in 3rd and 4th but Rob Hall’s Ligier took fourth place just before the Lotus retired with gearbox problems.
Stretton set fastest lap in his pursuit of Padmore as Max Smith-Hilliard also retired with something broken at the rear. He was joined by David Abbott who also pitted on lap 14. Meanwhile, Padmore responded with his own fastest lap to protect his position with just two minutes to go. Coming into the final lap, Stretton was flinging the Tyrrell around, taking fastest lap back, the lead battle being the best of the race. At the line, Stretton was just 0.3 seconds behind, Padmore once again taking victory with Loic Deman in third.