July 26 - 28 2019

Silverstone Classic

LOCATION: Towcester, Northants, 80 miles from London

NEAREST AIRPORT: Birmingham (54 miles), Luton (49 miles), London Heathrow (67 miles)

July 26 - 28 - 2016

Silverstone Classic

LOCATION: Towcester, Northants, 80 miles from London

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 was a hectic weekend of bumper grids, superb racing, busy paddocks and a party atmosphere in the evenings after the chequered flag.  Even the rain could not dampen the atmosphere....

 


Ferrer-Aza defies the rain to win first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Silverstone

 

From the third row of the grid, championship leader Matteo Ferrer-Aza (Ligier JS11/15) stormed to the front for a resounding victory in the first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race on a very wet Silverstone. The Italian passed Martin Stretton’s Tyrrell 012 into Copse on lap 7 to never look back.

 

Stretton held on for second place despite being chased to the line by Mike Cantillon’s Williams FW07C that started in the lead before Stretton got past on lap 3. Steve Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1 was fourth initially, but on lap 7 dropped to seventh to allow Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011) to take the place.

 

Michael Lyons (McLaren M26) won the pre-78 class from the front, taking fifth overall ahead of post-78 runners Katsu Kubota (Lotus 91) and Hartley, while Kyle Tilley (Ensign N177) fought his way past Henry Fletcher (March 761) to take second in class, the pair finishing eighth and ninth overall.

 

Turner wins first Mini Celebration Trophy race at the Silverstone Classic

 

Darren Turner fought his way to the front in a six-car lead group to win the first Mini Celebration Trophy race at the Silverstone Classic, the Aston Martin works driver moving into the lead on lap 4. Chris Middlehurst followed Turner past early leaders Adam Morgan and Ian Curley, who finished third and fourth.

 

Michael Caine starred by storming to the front of the pursuing group, passing Aaron Smith’s Mini and then almost catching Curley for fourth. Phil House performed similar miracles from a lowly grid position to take seventh, ahead of Tom Bell, Endaf Owens and Patrick Watts.

 

Pole-sitter Owens recovered to reclaim his top-ten position having gone off twice on the opening lap. Chris Morgan’s Mini was part of the lead group until his Mini slowed in the latter stages of the 20-minute race.

 

Fenn/Hill take dramatic Transatlantic Trophy for Pre-66 Touring Cars win at Silverstone

 

Rob Fenn and Jake Hill took a sensational Transatlantic Trophy for Pre-66 Touring Cars win at the Silverstone Classic, as Hill dramatically crossed the line on three tyres and a wheel rim. Their victory was valiantly defended by Craig Davies – the man that a few laps earlier had been the cause of the damage.

 

Hill and Davies had been warring over first place with Olivier Hart’s Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA until that dropped out, and then Davies tried a lunge at Vale that ended in one red Ford Mustang T-boning the other. The smash caused Hill’s bodywork to rub against the left rear tyre until it blew half a lap from the end. Davies had briefly taken the lead after the contretemps but then gentlemanly gave first place back to Hill, and continued to run in a close second place until the end.

 

When Hill’s tyre failed, Davies even prevented Wolfe’s Lotus Cortina from stealing the win from the stricken BTCC driver, who was then saved by a yellow flag at Vale. With Steve Soper also closing rapidly in the Cortina started by Mark Martin, the first four ran across the line nose-to-tail.

 

Benji Hetherington (Mustang) and Shaun Balfe (Cortina) took third places in their respective THA and THC classes. Further back, Ian Curley prevented Tom Bell from taking a fifth straight THD class win, two tenths separating the Mini pair. Chris Middlehurst ran them close to take third in class.

 

Andrew & Max Banks storm to dominant Yokohama Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars victory at Silverstone

 

The McLaren M6B of Andrew & Max Banks took a dominant lights-to-flag victory in the Yokohama Trophy for FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars race at Silverstone, defeating Gary Pearson’s Lola T70 Mk3B by 42 seconds. It was vindication for their lost Silverstone Classic win of 2018.

 

In the first half of the race, Pearson charged his way up to second place and slowly moved out of Martin Stretton’s sight, Stretton in the McLaren M6 GT in the end having to defend from Diogo Ferrão’s Lola T292 while on the final lap Andy Wolfe in the T70 Mk3B started by Jason Wright blasted through the middle of both, three wide on the Wellington Straight, to take an unexpected third place as he overcame a drivethrough penalty.

 

However, Wolfe failing to serve a second drivethrough penalty meant that he was hit with a time penalty enough to lose third place to Ferrão. Michael Gans also featured heavily up front but his Lola T290 failed on him on the final lap.

 

Chris Jolly and Steve Farthing (Cooper Monaco T61M) took a strong pre-66 Hulme-class victory, their rivals Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger (Cooper Monaco King Cobra) dropping behind Ian Simmonds’ Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder right at the end. Ross Hyett looked to have the Siffert class sewn up but five minutes from the end his Chevron B16 expired, handing the class win to John Sheldon’s similar car. Chris Lillington-Price surprised the Bonnier-class regulars by pipping fellow Chevron B8 runners Julian Thomas/Calum Lockie to the win.

 

Kennard/Cantillon win first Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at Silverstone

 

Jonathan Kennard and Mike Cantillon took the win in a shortened first Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at the Silverstone Classic, Kennard having fought Emmanuel Collard’s similar Pescarolo-Judd 01 hard during his opening stint. When Collard clashed with Kriton Lendoudis’ Peugeot 908 HDi FAP during the pitstop phase, a lengthy safety-car period caused the race to hit the 9 PM curfew. This handed an easy win to Kennard’s relief driver Mike Cantillon.

 

Behind the two fighting Pescas, Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60) made his way past Lendoudis to claim third – which became second when Collard and Lendoudis had their incident. Charging up from ninth on the grid, Christophe d’Ansembourg took a combative third in his Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2.

 

Max Girardo dominated GT proceedings in his Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1 while Steve Soper in his BMW M3 won in GT2 once Stephan Jocher’s Porsche 996 GT3 RSR was forced to retire.

 

Hartley holds off Cantillon for victory in Sunday’s FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Silverstone

 

Steve Hartley survived a late attack from Mike Cantillon to grab the spoils in the second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at the Silverstone Classic. From the first row of the grid, Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1 took the lead on the opening lap and only had to look back in the final few laps, the flying Cantillon having made his way past Martin Stretton’s Tyrrell 012 that held second place early on.

 

Cantillon’s Williams FW07C was suffering from a loose front wing but that didn’t stop the Irishman from recording fastest lap of the race. Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C) drove a charging race to take fourth from the fifth row of the grid, while the first race’s winner Matteo Ferrer-Aza (Ligier JS11/15) drove a conservative race to snatch fifth.

 

Michael Lyons (McLaren M26) took another pre-78 win, having run second on the opening laps before slowly dropping down the order. Henry Fletcher (March 761) finished second in class again, this time followed across the line by Phil Hall’s Theodore TR1.

 

Thomas/Lockie bag another Masters Gentlemen Drivers win in International Trophy race at Silverstone

 

Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie added another victory to their already considerable season tally in Masters Gentlemen Drivers by convincingly beating the similar Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé of Dutch father-and-son duo David & Olivier Hart. Thomas passed Hart Sr on the opening lap after which the Dutchman lost ground with a contretemps with the chasing E-type of Jon Minshaw. After the stops, Lockie defended a 15-second lead to Hart Jr to bag the International Trophy for himself and Thomas.

 

Minshaw eventually lost out to James Dodd, father Graeme having fought Minshaw tooth and nail during their entire first stint, the two E-types often going side-by-side. In ninth overall, Andrew Haddon grabbed CLP class honours in his Lotus Elan after Steve Soper’s example stopped out on the circuit right after its pitstop. In two more Elans, Nick & Eddie Powell and Dutchman Sander van Gils took second and third in class respectively.

 

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger in their Morgan SLR led the C2 class all the way, beating the Austin Healey 3000s of Nils-Fredrik Nyblaeus/Jeremy Welch and Mark Holme/Nigel Greensall. In C1, the Mark Burnett/Nick Swift Ogle SX1000 stole the class win from the Rick Bourne/Malcolm Paul TVR Grantura that had led the class for almost the entire race.

 

Kennard & Cantillon complete Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends double at the Classic

 

Jonathan Kennard and Mike Cantillon made it two out of two in both Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends races at the Classic, beating Steve Tandy’s Lola-Mazda B12/60 in their Pescarolo-Judd 01 – despite a 20-second ‘success’ penalty during their pitstop.

 

David Porter finished a distant third in his Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, inheriting the position when Christophe d’Ansembourg in the Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 slid off in the closing stages. The Belgian’s exit allowed Jamie Constable to take fourth in his Pescarolo 01, ahead of James Cottingham’s Dallara-Judd SP1.

 

In sixth, François Perrodo was the dominant P2 class winner in the Porsche RS Spyder while Emmanuel Collard from last on the grid fought back from a drivethrough penalty to claim seventh in his Pescarolo 01.

 

Max Girardo was the second double winner by adding another GT class victory to cap a very successful weekend for the Ferrari 550 Maranello. Ollie Hancock starred by hauling the TVR T400 R up to second in the GT class, ahead of Colin Sowter’s Aston Martin Vantage GT2.

 

Adam Morgan takes hard-fought win in second Mini Celebration Trophy race at Silverstone

 

BTCC star Adam Morgan trounced the regulars by claiming a hard-fought win in the second Mini Celebration Trophy race at the Silverstone Classic. Passing Chris Middlehurst two laps from the end, Morgan in Nick Swift’s car ended up on top of a sensational six-car fight for victory.

 

Ending up a fighting second on the road, Middlehurst had been racing a Mini with a loose rear bumper, and was given the black-and-orange flag two laps into the race. Choosing to ignore that, the black flag was waved for him two laps from the end – similarly in vain, resulting in him being scratched from the results.

 

Still sixth one lap from the end, Ian Curley charged past Endaf Owens, Darren Turner and Michael Caine to claim third place – which due to Middlehurst’s disqualification was turned into second. Enjoying the experience just as much as the winner, Caine completed the podium in his first attempt at racing Minis.

 


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