July 20 - 22 2018

Silverstone Classic

LOCATION: TOWCESTER, NORTHANTS 80 MILES FROM LONDON, UK

NEAREST AIRPORT: BIRMINGHAM (54 MILES), LUTON (49 MILES), LONDON HEATHROW (67 MILES)

July 20 - 22 - 2016

Silverstone Classic

LOCATION: TOWCESTER, NORTHANTS 80 MILES FROM LONDON, UK

NEAREST AIRPORT: BIRMINGHAM (54 MILES), LUTON (49 MILES), LONDON HEATHROW (67 MILES)

RACE REPORT

Europe’s biggest historic racing event is the Silverstone Classic! It is always a hectic weekend of great racing, busy paddocks with a bit of celebrity spotting thrown in for good measure and 2018 was no exception!


The International Paddock was buzzing with Masters cars and drivers as our all 5 went down a storm!

 


Jake Hill’s Elan takes sensational overall win

BTCC driver Jake Hill took a spectacular victory in the International Trophy for Classic GT Cars at Silverstone, keeping his nimble Lotus Elan ahead of the more powerful cars of Michael Gans/Andy Wolfe (AC Cobra), John Spiers (TVR Griffith) and Graeme & James Dodd (Jaguar E-type).

Hill’s win was set up by a lengthy safety-car period that was called when Anthony Galliers-Pratt rolled his Porsche 911 on the main straight, although it must be said that Hill was already running fourth when that happened. The field was shuffled up by all the pitstops during the safety-car period but when the green flag was waved Hill was soon into the lead, passing surprise leader Ron Maydon with four laps to go. He was chased to the line by Andy Wolfe, who made his way past James Dodd to set up a thrilling finish. 

Hill and Maydon grabbed the top two places in the lightweight CLP class, with David Tomlin (who was second at the restart) taking third. However, when Maydon was disqualified for an infringement, Tomlin moved up a place, with Dutchman Sander van Gils in another Elan being handed third in class.

Tom Bell/Jeremy Welch (Austin Healey 3000) took C2 honours, beating rivals Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger in their Morgan SLR, while C1 class victory went to James Thorpe’s TVR Grantura.

Bryant claims Yokohama Trophy honours in FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship

Oliver Bryant (Lola T70 Mk3B) took victory in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car Championship round at the Silverstone Classic in a race that looked like a walkover for Andrew & Max Banks in their thundering McLaren M6B.

However, when the Can-Am machine limped into the pits on lap 17, the car stuck in third gear, Bryant took over the helm and succesfully defended a two-second lead over Michael Gans in the Lola T290. 19 seconds further in arrears, the Diogo Ferrão/Martin Stretton Lola T292 finished third, well clear of Henry Fletcher’s Chevron B19, Gary Culver’s Lola T70 Mk3B and the Max Smith-Hilliard/Nick Padmore B19.

In the Bonnier class, Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie led all the way in their Chevron B8, well ahead of Greg Thornton’s similar B8. Andrew Owen’s B8 was third for most of the race, only to see the Sandy Watson/Martin O’Connell example move past in the latter stages.

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger took another Hulme-class win in their Cooper Monaco King Cobra. Ahlers and Bellinger finished a lap up on the Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing Cooper Monaco T61M and Andrew Beaumont’s McLaren M1B. In the Siffert class, John Sheldon made up for his qualifying mishap by claiming a dominant class win in his Chevron B16.

Padmore crushes rivals to take win in first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race

Nick Padmore showed dominant form to score a crushing win in the first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at the Silverstone Classic. The Williams FW07C driver led all 11 laps, fending off Michael Lyons’ Hesketh 308E into Brooklands on the first lap before opening up a gap of 16 seconds at the finish.

Lyons duelled with Martin Stretton’s Tyrrell 012, Stretton initially passing Lyons for second on lap 2, Lyons then taking the place back on the next lap. Stretton subsequently dropped back into the clutches of Ligier JS11 driver Matteo Ferrer, but the pair clashed at Village on lap 9, leading to the Italian’s retirement while Stretton’s battle-stricken Tyrrell dropped down to sixth at the end of the race. The incident resulted in Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C) inheriting third place.

Lyons was the dominant winner of the pre-78 class but behind him the fight was on for the second spot on the podium. Greg Thornton – in a March 761 on loan from Katsu Kubota after his unfortunate post-race accident in the British Grand Prix support race – starred by passing Andrew Haddon (Hesketh 308) and Henry Fletcher (in another 761) to score valuable championship points, especially since rival Max Smith-Hilliard could do no better than fifth in class.

Matt Wrigley, moving up from Historic Formula 2 to make his F1 debut, won the pre-72 Stewart class in his March 721G, finishing 12th overall.

 

Tandy wins first Masters Endurance Legends race

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.

Lyons, in a P2 ORECA-Nissan 03, took the lead from Tandy on lap 3, bravely diving inside the Lola into Village and decided to stay out as long as he could as his rivals all pitted earlier into the pit window. The race shortened to 11 laps because of Silverstone’s curfew, Lyons was left with no time make up for his penalty and dropped back 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.

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 Aston Martin Vantage.

 

Padmore doubles up with second FIA Masters Historic Formula One win

Nick Padmore made it two out of two at the Silverstone Classic by also claiming victory in the second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race of the weekend. Storming up from eighth on the grid, the Williams FW07C driver put in a couple of blinding opening laps to lead by lap 2, and opened up a 18-second gap to the pre-78-class-winning Hesketh 308E of Michael Lyons who from seventh on the grid equally charged through the field to take second.

Behind the leading pair, Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C) did well to pass Martin Stretton on lap 3 and keep the Tyrrell 012 at bay for seven laps, only to succumb to Stretton’s pressure two laps from the end. From the back of the grid, Matteo Ferrer (Ligier JS11) produced a brilliant drive to fifth, pipping Steve Hartley’s Arrows A4 on the final lap, Hartley himself having charged into the top-ten from a lowly starting position.

Greg Thornton took second in the pre-78 class, passing poleman and class rival on lap 5 in an exciting intra-March 761 battle. Simon Fish (Ensign N180) and Steve Brooks (Lotus 81) ended up in eighth and tenth respectively, having been in the thick of the midfield battles all race. In 11th, Andrew Haddon (Hesketh 308) beat Thornton’s pre-78 rival Max Smith-Hilliard (Fittipaldi F5A) to fourth in class.

Tandy completes Silverstone Classic double in Masters Endurance Legends

Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60) doubled up at the Silverstone Classic as he fended off the attentions of Le Mans veteran Hervé Regout in the Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2. Never separated by more than 1.5 seconds, except for a mistake by Regout three laps from the end, the two wooed the crowds with a thrilling battle for the lead, passing and re-passing each other on lap 5, Regout firmly taking the lead on lap 6, and Tandy turning the tables yet again on lap 8 when Regout outbraked himself into the Loop. The Belgian once again closed the gap but dropped back after a second mistake on lap 11. At the finish, Tandy had just 0.8 seconds in hand

In an equally epic struggle for third place, David Porter (Peugeot 908 HDi FAP) finally pulled through by passing Martin Short’s Dallara-Judd SP1 on the penultimate lap. The Peugeot had been hounding the Dallara lap after lap, the cars running nose to tail for 14 laps before Porter finally found a way past.

Following Gareth Evans’ Creation-AIM 07, Sir Chris Hoy won P2 class honours in the Courage LC75 raced by Mike Furness yesterday. Hoy’s class rival Michael Lyons (ORECA-Nissan 03) had retire from fifth place on lap 2.

After the stops, Nick Leventis in the Aston Martin DBR9 took charge in the GT1 class, fending off Steve Zacchia’s Ferrari 550. Early class leader James Cottingham had to retire his 550 on lap 9.

In GT2, Paul Whight prevailed in the Aston Martin Vantage that was campaigned by Tom Kimber-Smith yesterday. James Thorpe’s Ferrari 430 led intially but Whight turned it around at the stops. Colin Sowter was a distant third in his Vantage.

 

Gardiner/Wolfe win Transatlantic Trophy for Masters Pre-66 Touring Cars

Mike Gardiner and Andy Wolfe took another Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win in Gardiner’s Ford Falcon Sprint, as three laps from the end Wolfe charged past James Thorpe’s Mustang which had been leading since lap 2. Thorpe then lost out to Craig Davies whose similar Mustang nipped by for second place when Thorpe outbraked himself at Stowe two corners from the finish.

In the first part of a very exciting final race of the Silverstone Classic, the Cortina class saw a close battle between Steve Soper and Oscar Rovelli, as the two left the other Cortinas in the field for dead. However, Soper’s quick turnaround at the stops handed him a 20-second lead over Ambrogio Perfetti, who had taken over from Rovelli. Soper then further increased the gap to 27 seconds at the finish. Graham Pattle finished a distant third in class.

Endaf Owens, Nick Swift and Chris Middlehurst ran nose to tail, switching positions lap after lap, as their lead Mini battle dropped down the overall order. Owens then opened up a four-second lead over his two rivals ahead of the stops. After the stops, however, their battle evaporated as first Middlehurst and then Owens ran into trouble. Bill Sollis – now in Ian Curley’s Mini – took up the glove but instead Swift added another two seconds to his advantage. Chris Morgan moved up into third place in class.


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