September 14 - 16 2018

Spa Six Hours

LOCATION: FRANCORCHAMPS, 150KMS FROM BRUSSELS

NEAREST AIRPORT: BRUSSELS (140KMS), LIEGE (60KMS)

September 14 - 16 - 2016

Spa Six Hours

LOCATION: FRANCORCHAMPS, 150KMS FROM BRUSSELS

NEAREST AIRPORT: BRUSSELS (140KMS), LIEGE (60KMS)

RACE REPORT

The Spa Six Hours 2018 treated us to three days of glorious Ardennes sunshine!  There truly is no better place to be when the sun is out than the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.  The five Masters grids taking part but on an exciting show for the crowds - we can't wait to be back in 2019!

 

 


Home hero D’Ansembourg wins first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race

In a race twice interrupted by safety cars, Christophe d’Ansembourg (Williams FW07C) held his nerve to win from pole in the first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Spa. Having already taken two Masters Endurance Legends victories, the Belgian added one more by doing enough to stay clear from Joaquin Folch (Brabham BT49) at the first restart and then Mike Cantillon (Williams FW07C) at the second restart, Cantillon having got ahead of Folch on lap 3.

Steve Brooks (Lotus 81) swapped places twice with runaway pre-78 class winner Henry Fletcher (March 761) twice to clinch fourth, ahead of Mike Wrigley (Williams FW07) and Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011). In ninth and tenth overall, Greg Thornton (March 761) and Gregor Fisken (Shadow DN5) completed the pre-78 podium.

The race was neutralised on two occasions, first when Steve Hartley (Arrows A4) and Matteo Ferrer-Aza (Ligier JS11/15) made contact at La Source right after the start, an incident that warranted no further action. Ferrer pitted to have the damage to his sidepod checked but was able to carry on and fought his way back up to eighth and pole on the reversed grid for Sunday’s second race of the weekend.

The safety car was deployed for a second time when Michel Baudoin’s Hesketh 308 lost its right rear wheel going into La Source and got beached in a dangerous position.

Mike Cantillon storms to win in second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race

Mike Cantillon (Williams FW07C) very decisively made his way through the field to lead by lap 4 before going on to take an emphatic win in the second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Spa.

His life was made slightly easier when team mate and rival Christophe d’Ansembourg – who was following Cantillon through the field – dropped back down to eighth after a wild spin at Fagnes on lap 3. The Belgian recovered to take second ahead of Joaquin Folch’s Brabham BT49, ensuring the weekend’s second 1-2-3 for the CGA Engineering team.

Steve Brooks (Lotus 81) was fourth after dealing with Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011) who also saw a resurgent Steve Hartley come past on the final lap, the Arrows A4 having come round in 13th after the opening lap. Mike Wrigley’s Williams FW07 ended up in seventh.

Finishing eighth overall, Henry Fletcher took his second win in the pre-78 class, his March 761 initially running in the top-three before it was swallowed by a gaggle of ground-effect cars. At the end, Fletcher just managed to stay ahead of Gregor Fisken’s Shadow DN5, who inherited the place when Greg Thornton’s March 761 failed to complete the final lap. Matt Wrigley (March 721) was the clear pre-72 winner.

Andrew & Max Banks charge to strong FIA Masters Historic Sports Car win

On their way to a clear victory in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race at Spa, Andrew and Max Banks proved untouchable in their McLaren M6B, Andrew first opening up a 30-second gap to Olly Bryant in the first of the chasing Lola T70 Mk3Bs, and then Max thundering to fastest lap of the race when it really mattered – straight after a safety-car restart for a one-lap sprint to the finish.

Simon Hadfield charged back up to third in the T70 Mk3B started by Leo Voyazides. Hadfield got the place from Nicky Pastorelli before the Dutch T70 Mk3B that ran third in the hands of David Hart was forced into retirement on lap 18. This elevated Michael Gans (Lola T290) and Henry Fletcher (Chevron B19) to fourth and fifth respectively.

The battle for pre-65 Hulme class supremacy was handed a big blow when the Keith Ahlers/Billy Bellinger Cooper Monaco King Cobra pulled off on the opening lap. This handed Chris Jolly (in the Cooper Monaco T61M shared with Steve Farthing) a big lead over Richard McAlpine in the McLaren M1B shared with Chris Keen, as Jolly’s main rival Justin Maeers dropped out on lap 6, his Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder succumbing to lack of oil pressure. With Farthing and Keen in the two lead cars, the order remained unchanged to the end.

John Sheldon was untouchable in the Siffert class for Chevron B16 cars but right at the end Jamie Boot snatched second in class from the Giampaolo Benedini/Luigi Moreschi Chevron B16. In the Bonnier class, Nick Padmore in Andrew Owen’s Chevron B8 stole the win from Greg Thornton on the final lap.

D’Ansembourg holds off Tandy for first Masters Endurance Legends win

Christophe d’Ansembourg led from start to finish in his Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2 to win the first Masters Endurance Legends race of the weekend but he was run close all the way to the line by Steve Tandy’s Lola-Mazda B12/60. The two P1 Lolas headed both Peugeot 908 HDi FAPs in the field, Kriton Lendoudis staying within 25 seconds of Tandy, with David Porter a lap down. Travis Engen’s Audi R8 was fifth.

In P2, Mike Newton’s MG-Lola EX257 was never headed as he led Keith Frieser’s ORECA-GM FLM09 and Marc Higson in the ORECA-Nissan 03.

Steve Zacchia completely dominated GT1, his Ferrari 550 Maranello finishing sixth overall and well ahead of Nikolaus Ditting in the Aston Martin DBR9.

The GT2 class saw Manfredo Rossi leading almost all the way in his Porsche 911 GT3 RSR but two laps from the end saw Xavier Tancogne come past in the Ferrari 458 GTE. Olivier Tancogne in the Dodge Viper GTS-R was third in class.

D’Ansembourg doubles up in Masters Endurance Legends

Christophe d’Ansembourg (Lola-Aston Martin DBR1-2) added a second Masters Endurance Legends win to his tally at the Spa Six Hours by again keeping Steve Tandy (Lola-Mazda B12/60) at bay. Like yesterday, Kriton Lendoudis ended up third in the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

Keith Frieser (ORECA-GM FLM09) prevailed among the P2 cars, the Canadian taking the lead on lap 3 and never looking back. Yesterday’s winner Mike Newton (Lola-MG EX257) dropped five places on lap 3 but came back to second when Mark Higson was handed a pair of time penalties for exceeding track limits and then dropped out on lap 13. This elevated Mike Furness in the Courage LC75 to third in class.

Steve Zacchia (Ferrari 550 Maranello) led the GT1 class from the start but after the stops was looking at the rear end of Nikolaus Ditting’s Aston Martin DBR9. However, when Ditting was handed a 23-second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane, Zacchia took a second GT1 class win.

In GT2, Xavier Tancogne’s Ferrari 458 GTE dominated from the start. Manfredo Rossi’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR ran second until in the closing stages Shaun Lynn (Aston Martin Vantage GT2) nipped past for second in class.

McInerney/Keen beat Gardiner/Wolfe in epic Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race

Sean McInerney and Phil Keen (Ford Mustang) prevailed in an epic two-horse race with Mike Gardiner and Andy Wolfe (Ford Falcon Sprint) to win the Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at Spa. McInerney passed Gardiner on lap 3 to open up a 7-second gap at the stops, and when the pursuing Wolfe dropped it on lap 17, Keen was free to take the win.

Behind them, Peter Klutt’s Mustang took a lonely third on the road but a couple of 30-second time penalties dropped the Canadian down to fourth place behind Rob Fenn in another Mustang. Fenn had been fighting Mark Burton’s Mustang all race, the latter taking fifth, as Klutt’s penalties were not quite enough for Burton to take fourth.

Mark Martin and Andrew Haddon took a convincing Lotus Cortina class win, Martin staying close to the quick Rui Macedo Silva before handing to Haddon, who had little trouble in catching Pedro Macedo Silva to take sixth overall. The Portuguese father-and-son team finished 11th overall. Norwegian Viggo Lund took third in class after Graham Pattle and Martin Strommen ran into trouble.

The Mini class was decided on the final lap when Nick Swift thought he had seen the chequered flag and slowed down. Endaf Owens, who was in hot pursuit of the class leader, said thank you and grabbed the win. Steve Maxted finished third in class.

Hart/Hart victorious in Masters Gentlemen Drivers race

David & Olivier Hart gave their AC Cobra wins in back-to-back weekends as the Dutch father-and-son crew added to their RAC TT Celebration victory at the Goodwood Revival by also winning the 90-minute Masters Gentlemen Drivers enduro at Spa.

Michael Gans had led away from pole in the AC Cobra he shared with Andy Wolfe, and kept ahead of David Hart until the pitstops, but with young Olivier at the wheel there was nothing Wolfe could do, despite a drivethrough penalty that Hart Jr had to serve for his father overtaking under the earlier safety-car period. A second safety-car period then negated Hart Jr’s disadvantage. Five laps from the end, Simon Hadfield in the Leo Voyazides/Simon Hadfield Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé also moved past Wolfe to take second.

The CLP class looked set for a Grant Tromans/James Hanson win, the pair to be followed home by the similar Lotus Elan of Aaron & Dale Head, but both cars hit trouble on the final lap, handing a shock class win to another Dutch entry, that of Sander van Gils in another Elan.

In C2, Keith Ahlers and Bellinger similarly looked on their way to winning their class but their Morgan SLR was ultimately pipped to class honours by the Caroline & Manfredo Rossi Austin Healey 3000. In C1, the Peter Tognola/Steve Monk Porsche 911 led the entire race.


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