September 27 - 29 - 2016

Spa Six Hours

LOCATION: Francorchamps, 150 kms from Brussels

NEAREST AIRPORT: Brussels (140kms), Liege (60kms)

RACE REPORT

The Spa Six Hours was the last stop of the Masters 2019 European Tour.  All five Masters grids took part in a busy weekend where even the rain couldn't dampen enthusiasm for this stunning circuit! 

 


Tandy takes storming win in Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends night race at Spa

Steve Tandy was in a class of his own in the Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends night race at Spa, his Lola-Mazda B12/60 edging out a lead of over 20 seconds before conserving the car for a dominant win over Christophe d’Ansembourg’s Lola-Aston Martin DBR1/2 and Kriton Lendoudis’ Peugeot 90X.

As d’Ansembourg had been hit by a 23-second time penalty for missing the pit window, it was nip and tuck with Lendoudis for second place – trailing the Belgian by just over 23 seconds! In the end, the Lola-Aston prevailed by a mere five hundredths…

In fourth overall, the Nikolaus Ditting/Sam Hancock Aston Martin DBR9 trumped the David Hart/Nicky Pastorelli Maserati MC12 to win the GT1 class after a pitstop error by the Dutchmen. Finishing seventh, Keith Frieser’s ORECA-Nissan 03 led the P2 class from the front but was left unchallenged when his closest rival Mike Newton (MG-Lola EX257) retired on lap 6. In tenth overall, David Methley (Chevrolet Corvette) won a tight battle for GT2 honours.

 

Hartley survives the conditions to win first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Spa

Steve Hartley braved the fickle Ardennes weather to win the weekend’s first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race of the Spa Six Hours meeting. In a wet race blighted by safety cars, Hartley’s McLaren MP4/1 hit the front in a final-lap dash to the line, beating Mike Cantillon’s Williams FW07C, who had claimed the lead from pole-sitter Christophe d’Ansembourg’s FW07C on the opening green lap.

Also moving past d’Ansembourg along the way, Kyle Tilley finished a strong third overall to win the pre-78 class in the Ensign N177, ahead of James Hagan’s Hesketh 308 in fifth overall and Jason Wright’s Shadow DN8 in seventh.

Hagan and Wright sandwiched Joaquin Folch’s Brabham BT49, with Vincent Rivet taking eighth in his March 811. A surprise ninth overall was Alain Crefcoeur, the Belgian racing a pre-71 March 701.

 

Hart/Pastorelli take stunning victory in wet second Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at Spa

David Hart and Nicky Pastorelli took their Maserati MC12 GT1 by the scruff of its neck to grab a stunning overall victory in a very wet second Aston Martin Masters Endurance Legends race at the Spa Six Hours meeting. A quick first-lap pitstop for rain tyres and then a searing pace by Pastorelli in the wet proved to be the main ingredients for their win over Christophe d’Ansembourg’s Lola-Aston Martin DBR1/2.

Having started out on rain tyres, Markus van Oeynhausen’s invitational Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 car crossed the line in third while Steve Tandy looked to have beaten Kriton Lendoudis to fourth after a tense fight between the Lola-Mazda B12/60 and the Peugeot 90X. Tandy’s pass in the final corner, however, came to be by overshooting the chicane, so the winner of the first race had to give the place back to his Greek rival. Meanwhile, Keith Frieser secured the P2 class win by finishing sixth in the ORECA-Nissan 03.

In seventh overall, the Nikolaus Ditting/Sam Hancock Aston Martin DBR9 took second in the GT class. Peter van Hoepen’s Ferrari 430 was the first GT2 car home, finishing 13th ahead of Albert Bloem’s Aston Martin Vantage.

 

Davies takes controlled Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win at Spa

Against strong opposition, Craig Davies won a finely poised Masters Pre-66 Touring Car race at Spa, the Mustang driver maintaining a small margin to the Julian Thomas/Calum Lockie Ford Falcon and Olivier Hart’s Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA all the way.

Davies jumped pole-sitter Hart at the start and never looked back. Behind the winner, Hart worked with Thomas in a combined effort to catch Davies before being hit by a five-second time penalty for exceeding track limits. That blunted the young Dutchman’s challenge in his second stint, in which he became focused on fending off a strong run by Alex Taylor in a Ford Mustang.

Taylor beat the Mark Burton/Graham Pattle Mustang to fourth while James Dorlin won the Mini class in sixth overall. Tom Bell was next up in the second of the Minis, leading John Spiers’ Cortina (second in the Alfa/Cortina THC class) and the Scott Kendall/Jeff Smith Mini. In 13th overall, the Allan Ross-Jones/Mark Hales Cortina took third in THC.

Tilley provides wet-weather masterclass in second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Spa

Kyle Tilley was in a class of his own in a very wet second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Spa, taking the field by storm from sixth on the grid. Unperturbed by a triplet of safety-car interruptions in the opening stages, the American-based Briton hit the front by rising from fourth to first in one single lap. Posting fastest lap after fastest lap thereafter, Tilley eventually won by 16 seconds from Jason Wright’s Shadow DN8.

Three pre-78 cars almost made it into overall top-three but Joaquin Folch’s post-78 Brabham BT49 pipped James Hagan’s Hesketh 308 for third on the final lap. Christophe d’Ansembourg took fifth in the Williams FW07C, ahead of post-83 class winner Mark Hazell (Williams FW08) who held off class rival Georg Hallau’s Theodore N183.

From the back of the grid, Antoine d’Ansembourg (Brabham BT49) worked his way up to eighth while in 12th, Paul Grant took pre-71 class honours, the Belgian profiting from his countryman’s Alain Crefcoeur (March 701) early departure from the race.

 

Bryant dominates wet FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race at Spa

Oliver Bryant produced a stunning wet-weather display by trouncing the opposition in the FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race at Spa. In his Lola T70 Mk3B, Bryant dropped his rivals by a minute to complete a dominant display and repeat his previous FIA MHSSC wins at this event.

Leading the chasing pack were Jason Wright and Andy Wolfe in another T70 Mk3B, Wolfe hunting down and passing Max Banks for second on lap 16. Max’ brother Andrew had started the race from pole but their McLaren M6B was soon usurped by the unstoppable Bryant. Pedro Macedo Silva’s T70 Mk3B took a lonely fourth ahead of the Diogo Ferrão/Manfredo Rossi Lola T292 and Michael Gans in the Lola T290.

In tenth overall, Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie (Chevron B8) won the Bonnier class from the front, despite strong challenges from the Till Bechtolsheimer/Damien Faulker and Mark Owen/Nick Padmore B8s. James Bates jumped brother Mark right at the end for the Pescarolo class win in his Porsche 911 RSR while Steve Hodges (Chevron B16) cornered the Siffert class win. In a class struggle full of twists and turns, Richard McAlpine’s McLaren M1B came out on top in the pre-66 Hulme class.

Thomas/Lockie close Masters Gentlemen Drivers season with win at Spa

Julian Thomas and Calum Lockie ended their Masters Gentlemen Drivers season in style by taking their sixth win in the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé. On a very wet Spa-Francorchamps circuit, the pair led from the start but faced a strong challenge from the similar Daytona Cobra shared by James Hanson and Andy Wolfe. At the end of their stint, Hanson grabbed first from Thomas but then the former was hit by a stop-and-go penalty.

In an all-out effort to negate the deficit, Wolfe hunted down Lockie with fastest lap after fastest lap but his demon drive came to a premature end when on lap 21 his Daytona Cobra suddenly snapped sideways at the back of the circuit moments after he had wiped out Lockie’s advantage and was about to make his move for the lead.

The pair left John & Gary Pearson’s Jaguar E-type well behind in third while Andrew Haddon completed a dominant performance in the CLP class by finishing fourth overall in his Lotus Elan. Trailing home the Markus von Oeynhausen/Lando von Wedel E-type in sixth overall, Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger ran away with the C2 class win in their Morgan SLR, beating the Austin Healey 3000s of Nils-Fredrik Nyblaeus/Jeremy Welch and Mark Pangborn.

A similar giant-slaying result was produced by Mark & James Bates, the brothers hauling their C1-class-winning Porsche 911 up to eighth overall from the back of the grid. Equally shining in the rain were Nick Swift and Mark Burnett in the Ogle SX1000, the pair completing the under-2-litre podium.


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