Padmore takes dominant win in Race 1 at Silverstone

Nick Padmore was a dominant winner of the opening Masters Historic race of the Silverstone British Grand Prix weekend. Starting from pole, Padmore in the Williams FW07 blasted away from the similar car of Mike Cantillon, only traffic late in the race affecting the lead gap.

Padmore won by three seconds from Cantillon in the Williams 1-2, with the charismatic Ligier JS11 of Matteo Ferrer-Aza taking third, some way adrift of the British cars. Ferrer_Aza, new to the Silverstone GP circuit, fell away late-race but was clear of Mike Wrigley in his Williams FW07.

Wrigley was secure in fourth but behind a great battle raged between Steve Hartley’s Arrows A4 and Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011). The two traded places early on but eventually the Tyrrell fell away leaving Jamie alone in sixth.

Seventh, winning the non-ground effect category was Greg Thornton in his ex-Andretti Lotus 77 from Jonathan Kennard (Brabham BT37) with third in the division falling to Max Smith-Hilliard’s Fittipaldi F5A.

One of the best battles involved Adrian Newey in his Lotus 49 and the Ensign N177 in the hands of Tommy Byrne. The two ran together for the bulk of the race with Newey coming out on top, Byrne coping with a damaged front wing. Tommy took 16th at the end, Newey charging past traffic late race to secure 13th, but Byrne was in feisty mood on his first race at Silverstone since 1984 and a return to F1 for the first time since 1982.