July 5 - 8 2018

Support Race to Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix

LOCATION: TOWCESTER, NORTHANTS 80 MILES FROM LONDON, UK

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

July 5 - 8 - 2016

Support Race to Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix

LOCATION: TOWCESTER, NORTHANTS 80 MILES FROM LONDON, UK

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

RACE REPORT

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Silverstone and under clear blue skies, the Masters Historic Formula One cars put on a dazzling show in front of the enthusiastic crowds for their two Support Races to the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix. The cars looked and sounded amazing on the International stage.

 

 


Nick Padmore was a dominant winner of the opening Masters Historic race of the Silverstone British Grand Prix weekend. Starting from pole, Padmore in the Williams FW07 blasted away from the similar car of Mike Cantillon, only traffic late in the race affecting the lead gap.

Padmore won by three seconds from Cantillon in the Williams 1-2, with the charismatic Ligier JS11 of Matteo Ferrer-Aza taking third, some way adrift of the British cars. Ferrera-Aza, new to the Silverstone GP circuit, fell away late-race but was clear of Mike Wrigley in his Williams FW07.

Wrigley was secure in fourth but behind a great battle raged between Steve Hartley’s Arrows A4 and Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011). The two traded places early on but eventually the Tyrrell fell away leaving Jamie alone in sixth.

Seventh, winning the non-ground effect category was Greg Thornton in his ex-Andretti Lotus 77 from Jonathan Kennard (Brabham BT37) with third in the division falling to Max Smith-Hilliard’s Fittipaldi F5A.

One of the best battles involved Adrian Newey in his Lotus 49 and the Ensign N177 in the hands of Tommy Byrne. The two ran together for the bulk of the race with Newey coming out on top, Byrne coping with a damaged front wing. Tommy took 16th at the end, Newey charging past traffic late race to secure 13th, but Byrne was in feisty mood on his first race at Silverstone since 1984 and a return to F1 for the first time since 1982.

Nick Padmore dominated the second Masters Historic race on Grand Prix morning at Silverstone. Starting eighth on the semi-reversed grid, Padmore’s ex-Carlos Reutemann Williams FW07 that took second in the 1981 British GP wriggled its way through the traffic to score a win by over three seconds.

Jonathan Kennard’s Brabham BT37 led away at the start, battling with Greg Thornton in his ex-Andretti Lotus 77 in the fight for non-ground effect honours. It wasn’t long though before Padmore moved to the front and then pulled clear with the similar Williams of Mike Cantillon carving through the traffic to secure second place.

Jamie Constable (Tyrrell 011) worked his way to third place although he lost pace late-race but fended off Greg Thornton who claimed non-ground effect honours. Sadly, though, Lotus enthusiast Thornton had an off on the slowing down lap which left his car badly damaged.

Fifth went to Kennard after a spirited defence from Mark Hazell in his Williams FW07 which gained ground after the similar car of Mike Wrigley retired mid-race. A remarkable seventh was Henry Fletcher in his March 761 which failed to complete a lap in practice or qualifying and retired with evil handling from race one, but a great drive from 23rd on the grid put him third in the non-ground effect element of the race.

Behind him came the lone McLaren in the entry hustled along by Kiwi Warren Briggs, while Matt Wrigley made up for his father’s disappointment by taking ninth aboard his March 721 and Andrew Beaumont’s charismatic Lotus 76/1.


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