August 10 - 12 - 2016

Oldtimer Grand Prix

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The 46th runing of the Oldtimer Grand Prix on the Nurburgring GP circuit presented its loyal following of drivers with some great racing during a busy weekend for Masters.   The well-organised paddock display was bustling with spectators all weekend!


The FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship provided some great racing on the challenging Nurburgring GP circuit whilst the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car grid offered some rarely seen one-off sports car marques from across Europe.  The Masters Endurance Legends caused quite a stir, thrilling the local crowds and Gentlemen Drivers completed the Masters line up with an exciting race that kept us guessing until the last corner!  

 


Padmore fends off Stretton challenge to win first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race of Oldtimer Grand Prix weekend

In the first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race of Oldtimer Grand Prix weekend at the Nürburgring, Nick Padmore (Williams FW07C) was forced to deal with a strong challenge from Martin Stretton before Stretton’s Tyrrell 012 backed off, allowing the championship leader to prolong his winning streak.

Stretton clawed back from a deficit of 1.9 seconds to close to within seven tenths before a ragged lap and a resulting vibration obliged him to continue at a more moderate pace. He eventually finished 15 seconds down on Padmore. Christophe d’Ansembourg continued his strong season by taking another podium in his Williams FW07C. Joaquin Folch (Brabham BT49) passed Steve Brooks (Lotus 81) on lap 6 to take fourth.

The pre-78 class saw a dramatic finish when two laps from the end class leader Henry Fletcher pulled off at the Veedol chicane, his March 761 having lost drive. Fletcher’s dramatic demise handed the class lead to Max Smith-Hilliard (Fittipaldi F5A) who had just overtaken Steve Hartley’s Arrows A4 to put some air between himself and perennial class rival Greg Thornton. When Thornton’s March 761 developed a fuel pick-up problem on the penultimate lap, Jason Wright (Shadow) nipped past to claim second place in class.

 

Stretton surprises to win second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at the Nürburgring

In a strong race in his Tyrrell 012, Martin Stretton broke Nick Padmore’s stronghold on the FIA Masters Historic Formula One Championship by winning the weekend’s second race at the Nürburgring. Padmore could only manage third, as Christophe d’Ansembourg valiantly held off the other Williams FW07C.

For ten laps, a gripless Padmore got stuck behind Joaquin Folch’s Brabham BT49, only getting past with five laps to go. By then, Stretton was far enough up the road to not to be threatened. In fact, Padmore had similar trouble dealing with d’Ansembourg. The Belgian held firm to claim his best result of the season.

In the pre-78 class, Smith-Hilliard (Fittipaldi F5A) – who had started third – dropped back into the clutches of Greg Thornton (March 761) who came through only in tenth after the opening lap. The March was past on lap 7, however, the pair now occupying seventh and eighth place overall. To make matters worse for the Fittipaldi driver, Thornton’s team mate Brooks pushed down Smith-Hilliard another place to act as a buffer for Thornton. It was all in vain, though, as the March 761 pulled off on lap 11.

This handed a second pre-78 win of the weekend to Smith-Hilliard. He was followed home by Jason Wright’s Shadow DN8. Local man Alex Furiani completed the podium in his Surtees TS19. The German chased Wright hard in the closing laps but the American successfully defended his second runner-up spot of the weekend.

Voyazides/Hadfield double up at the Nürburgring with FIA Masters Historic Sports Car win

Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield completed a very successful Oldtimer Grand Prix meeting for them by also claiming victory in Sunday morning’s FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race. In the Lola-Chevrolet T70 Mk3B, Voyazides led away from pole but on lap 8 lost the lead to Michael Gans in the Lola T290. At the pitstops, though, Hadfield jumped Gans and then pulled out a 10-second lead on the American to take the Anglo-Greek pair’s second win of the weekend.

Henry Fletcher (Chevron B19) and Jason Wright (Lola T70 Mk3B) fought over third place all race, with Wright finishing third on the road but losing back the place to Wright after he was penalised for parking side-by-side to Jamie Boot’s Chevron B16 during the stops. Fletcher, however, was later disqualified for causing a collision with when he ran into the back of the Max Smith-Hilliard/Nick Padmore B19 on lap 2 when braking for the first corner. Smith-Hilliard was out on the spot while Fletcher continued in a noseless B19.

John Sheldon starred in the Siffert class for Chevron B16 cars. The Le Mans veteran started from the back, as at Silverstone, but once again stormed through the field to not just win the class but take seventh overall as well, trailing the open-top Lolas of local heroes Felix Haas and Frank Jacob. While Jacob ran in fifth position for most of the race, Haas pushed his way forward from well out of the top-ten to pip Jacob for fifth right at the end.

In the Hulme class for pre-66 cars, Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger gave off a performance similar to Sheldon’s by coming through from the back of the grid to take eighth overall and win the class.

The Bonnier class was led initially by Uwe Bruschnik’s Porsche 910 and Andrew Owen’s Chevron B8 before Paul Ingram pushed through to lead the class at the pitstops. When Bruschnik and Owen lost touch through spins and errors in the second half of the race, Ingram was free to take the class win in ninth overall.

 

Tandy charges to convincing win in first Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring

Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60 P1) took a convincing win in the first Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring by winning over half a minute from the P2 ORECA-Nissan 03 shared by James Hanson and Alex Kapadia, and the P1 Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 raced by Belgians Christophe d’Ansembourg and Hervé Regout.

The Tommy Dreelan/Aaron Scott ORECA-GM FLM09 was involved in a race-long fight with Keith Frieser’s similar LMPC machine, the Canadian taking fourth place after the pitstops only to be repassed by Scott on lap 19. Three laps later, Travis Engen (P1 Audi R8) also jumped Frieser to claim fifth overall.

Dominik Roschmann’s Aston Martin DBR9 dominated the GT race, with Timo Scheibner’s Dodge Viper GTS-R taking second place.

 

D’Ansembourg beats Tandy in second Masters Endurance Legends race at the Nürburgring

Christophe d’Ansembourg gave the Lola-Aston DBR1-2 its first win in the Masters Endurance Legends series by beating the Lola-Mazda B12/60 of Steve Tandy who the day before had won the first race of the Oldtimer Grand Prix meeting at the Nürburgring. Tandy led the first part of the race but d’Ansembourg jumped his rival at the pitstops to defend a narrow three-second lead until, with two minutes left on the clock, the race was cut short by Mike Newton crashing his MG-Lola EX257.

The P2 ORECA-Nissan 03 shared by Alex Kapadia and James Hanson was a distant third after Kapadia was penalised for overtaking before the start of the race. Travis Engen’s Audi R8 moved up to fourth a handful of laps before the red flag by dealing with the quicker of the two ORECA-GM FLM09 machines, the Aaron Scott/Tommy Dreelan example leading Keith Frieser’s car.

The GT class was won by Timo Scheibner’s ORECA Dodge Viper GTS-R after Dominik Roschmann’s Aston Martin DBR9 ran into trouble.

 

Voyazides/Hadfield steal Masters Gentlemen Drivers win from Gans/Wolfe in last-corner overtake at the Nürburgring

Leo Voyazides and Simon Hadfield snatched the Masters Gentlemen Drivers win at the Nürburgring from the seemingly firm grasp of Michael Gans and Andy Wolfe when in an epic intra-AC Cobra battle Hadfield outbraked and passed Wolfe around the outside into the chicane on the final lap.

The race changed face when on lap 22 the safety car was called to remove the Nick Sleep/Joel Wykeham Shelby Mustang GT350. Wykeham had parked the car on the inside of the chicane after its left-front wheel had collapsed. Hadfield was a distant fourth at the time, with Wolfe holding a sizeable lead over the two front-running CLP-class Lotus Elans of Nicolai Kjaergaard and Rob Fenn. As soon as the field was released again, Hadfield passed both Elans in two subsequent corners and chased after Wolfe, negating a four-second deficit in four laps before successfully completing his last-gasp do-or-die pass.

The front-row-starting TVR Griffith of local drivers Christopher Stahl and Oliver Mathai clawed its way back up to fifth after Stahl spun in the first corner after the start. The Germans were followed home by the Chris Chiles Sr & Jr Cobra and Ron Maydon’s Ginetta G4R, the latter taking third in the CLP class.

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger (Morgan SLR) decided a tense C2-class battle in their favour while Uwe Brutschnik/Robert Haug (Porsche 911) won the C1 class. John Burton’s E-type and the Urs & Arlette Müller Aston Martin DB4 GT swapped places all race in their fight for B2 class honours, with Burton prevailing in the end.

 


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