Voyazides/Hadfield storm to the front to beat local man Pastorelli in Stena Line Masters Gentlemen Drivers race

In their Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé, Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield took top honours in Sunday morning’s Stena Masters Gentlemen Drivers race at Zandvoort after Hadfield put in a storming drive to catch and pass Nicky Pastorelli’s Ferrari 250 GTO 64 with ten minutes to go.

Not too bad!” said a beaming Hadfield. “I’m a really, really pleased. We were all a bit rusty, but the car was fantastic. Fighting and beating a real racing driver, that’s pretty cool!

“My race wasn’t very good”, said Voyazides. “I hadn’t driven the car for months so I was struggling a lot in the beginning. But as you saw it went reasonably well in the second part…”

Yeah, we had a little problem with the brakes”, said Pastorelli, “and I decided to bring it home in one piece. We’ll try again next time

Poleman Pastorelli led from the start and was initially chased by the Andy Willis/Rob Hall and Michael Gans/Andy Wolfe Cobras, but after the pitstops Hadfield dealt with both to hunt down Pastorelli, who was struggling with his brakes. After his move around the outside into the Hans Ernstbocht, Hadfield pulled out a 2-second lead to take the win in a thrilling race.

Meanwhile, on lap 31, Wolfe passed Hall for third place. Wolf had been given more work as Gans had spun out of second place shortly after a safety-car restart on lap 15. The race had been neutralised on lap 11 to allow the marshals to clear away a long trail of oil.

“I was battling with Pastorelli for the lead”, said Gans, “when I had a stupid slow-speed spin. That cost me ten seconds – precisely the ten seconds that would have made it a three-car race…”

Yeah, Michael left me a little bit more to do today”, said Wolfe. “It was an eventful race, as I got cramp in my right leg, and I had to race left-footed for a while! Apart from that, I didn’t have an answer to Simon anyway.

After problems in qualifying, the Hans Hugenholtz/Tom Coronel AC Cobra charged up to fifth from 43th and last position on the grid, but team mates David & Olivier Hart were given the black flag for ignoring a stop-and-go penalty given for contact with John Spiers’ TVR Griffith. The Hart & Hart Cobra had run as high as third with father David at the wheel.

With half an hour still on the clock, the GT section of the Dutch Historic Touring Car & GT Championship that ran concurrently with the Masters cars was flagged off, the Allard Kalff/Michiel Campagne Corvette Grand Sport taking the win ahead of Bob Stevens’ Lotus Elan and Tom Kuiper’s Corvette Stingray. The presence of the Dutch cars – on M-section Dunlops whereas the Masters were on L-sections – played its part in the fight for class wins.

Starting well up front, David Pittard and Graham Wilson were able to dominate the CLP class in their Elan, taking sixth overall, ahead of Jamie Boot’s TVR Griffith and Alasdair Coates’ AC Cobra. Mark Martin, driving solo in the Elan he usually shares with Andrew Haddon, was ninth overall and second in class.

“It was a very good race”, said Wilson. “I had a lot of fun fighting the Dutch cars. We were sliding around a lot more on our L-sections…”

“Graham set it all up, he did a mega job”, said Pittard, who had no clutch at the end but still managed to finish the race.

“With the rolling start all the big engines [of the Dutch cars] came past”, said Martin, “so I had to overtake them all. And then after the safety car, they came flying past again, and had to do it all over!”

In C2, Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger (Morgan SLR) beat Nils-Fredrik Nyblaeus/Jeremy Welch (Austin Healey 3000). The local Healey 3000 of Robert-Jan ’t Hoen came third in class. Mark and James Bates (Porsche 911) again triumped in C1, beating Mark Hope’s MGB.