Tandy wins first Masters Endurance Legends race at Silverstone Classic

Tandy wins first Masters Endurance Legends race at Silverstone Classic

Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60) won the first Masters Endurance Legends race at the Silverstone Classic as he profited from Michael Lyons’ 50-second additional pitstop time for professional drivers.

At the start, Tandy led away while Lyons was momentarily pipped by Martin Short’s P1 Dallara-Judd SP1 before the youngster took the place back and set about chasing the leading ex-Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda. Lyons, in a P2 ORECA-Nissan 03, took the lead from Tandy on lap 3, bravely diving inside the Lola into Village before trying his hardest to build a big enough lead.

In attempting to do so, Lyons decided to stay out as long as he could as his rivals all pitted earlier into the pit window. But as the race was shortened to 11 laps because of Silverstone’s curfew, Lyons was left with no time make up for his penalty. As a result, he dropped down to fifth place behind Christophe d’Ansembourg’s Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2, Martin Short’s Dallara-Judd SP1 and David Porter’s Peugeot 908 HDi FAP. D’Ansembourg had made his way past Short on lap 2 and passed Tandy on lap 5 but lost ground at the pitstops.

Short won the older P1 class ahead of Max Girardo’s similar Dallara and Travis Engen’s Audi R8. Lyons still consummately won the P2 class from Mike Furness (Courage LC75) and Keith Frieser (ORECA-GM FLM09). Mike Newton in the older P2 MG Lola EX257 finished ahead of both Furness and Frieser.

In GT1, Steve Zacchia similarly stayed out late in his Ferrari 550, but in doing so lost out to James Cottingham’s similar machine. In GT2, Tom Kimber-Smith led all the way in his Aston Martin Vantage, ahead of James Thorpe’s Ferrari 430 and Colin Sowter’s Vantage.