June 22 - 24 2018

The Most Historic Grand Prix

LOCATION: MOST, CZECH REPUBLIC

NEAREST AIRPORT: PRAGUE (90KM) AND DRESDEN (110KM)

June 22 - 24 - 2016

The Most Historic Grand Prix

LOCATION: MOST, CZECH REPUBLIC

NEAREST AIRPORT: PRAGUE (90KM) AND DRESDEN (110KM)

RACE REPORT

Autodrom Most in the Czech Replublic was a new venue for Masters in 2018.  The FIA Grade 2, 4.2km circuit was very well received by all the drivers that took part!

 


Padmore dominates first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race at Most

Nick Padmore led from lights to flag to dominate the first FIA Masters Historic Formula One race of the Most Historic Grand Prix this weekend. The Williams FW07C driver quickly opened up a seven-second gap to Historic Formula One new boy Matteo Ferrer-Aza (Ligier JS11/15) and from there on controlled the pace.

Steve Hartley (Arrows A4) took a fighting third, half a minute down on the winner, having put Katsu Kubota (Lotus 91) under pressure for 10 laps until the Japanese driver succumbed under the pressure.

The pre-78 fight was just as much a pressure cooker, Max Smith-Hilliard (Fittipaldi F5A) holding off Greg Thornton (Lotus 77) for seven laps until he spun on lap 8. This left Thornton into the class lead, followed by Jamie Constable’s Tyrrell 011 and Andy Wolfe’s Shadow DN5 which had started from the back.

Smith-Hilliard recovered to finish third in class, ahead of Jason Wright’s Shadow DN8. Vincent Rivet’s March 811 rounded out the top-ten.

 

Padmore strikes again in Most’s second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race

Nick Padmore completed the double by also winning the second FIA Masters Historic Formula One race of the weekend at Most. Charging up from eighth on the reversed grid, the Williams FW07C driver was third on lap 2, and then took two more laps to find his way past pole-sitter and team mate Max Smith-Hilliard (Fittipaldi F5A), who went on to win the pre-78 class.

In a race that after five laps of running saw the top-eight still covered by just three seconds, yesterday’s second-place man Matteo Ferrer (Ligier JS11/15) took more time to get to the front, eventually passing Smith-Hilliard for second on lap 11.

A safety-car period caused by a collision between Katsu Kubota (Lotus 91) and Andy Wolfe (Shadow DN5) helped Greg Thornton move up a couple of places, and when the Lotus 77 driver on lap 13 dealt with Jamie Constable – who took his first post-78 podium with his newly acquired Tyrrell 011 – he pressed on to give Smith-Hilliard a run for his money, but Max Smith-Hilliard hung on to claim pre-78 class victory.

Gans takes second win at Most by dominating FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race

Michael Gans added to his win tally in the Most Historic Grand Prix event by following up yesterday’s Masters Gentlemen Drivers victory with a dominant performance in today’s FIA Masters Historic Sports Car race. His Lola T290 well suited to the twisty Czech circuit, Gans stretched out a 22-second lead of Jason Wright’s Lola T70 Mk3B.

For 23 of the 34 laps, Wright had a ding-dong of a fight over second place with fellow T70 Mk3B driver Mike Donovan, the two swapping places on several occasions before Donovan made a safety stop to check on a possible puncture. He still finished third, albeit a lap down on Gans.

The pre-66 Hulme class saw a tense struggle for victory in which reigning champions Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger in their Cooper Monaco King Cobra ultimately prevailed. Class-pole-sitting Dutchman Michiel Smits threw away a chance of victory by spinning into the gravel trap on lap 2, prompting the arrival of the safety car.

The Chris Jolly/Steve Farthing Cooper Monaco T61M then took charge, Jolly narrowly keeping Ahlers at bay until the pitstops. A quicker stop meant that Bellinger returned in the lead before establishing a lead over Farthing of 20 seconds at the finish. Smits recovered to claim third in class.

Greg Thornton (Chevron B8) and Jamie Boot (Chevron B16) won the Bonnier and Siffert classes respectively.

Gardiner/Wolfe take their second Masters Pre-66 Touring Car victory of the season

Mike Gardiner and Andy Wolfe doubled up on their Imola victory in April by racing their Ford Falcon Sprint to their second Masters Pre-66 Touring Car win of the season at Most. Even though Wolfe edged away from his rivals in the second part of the race, it was a hard-fought win, Gardiner fending off Canadian Peter Klutt’s Ford Mustang throughout his entire stint, with Steve Soper in Mark Martin’s Lotus Cortina hot on their heels.

In the Mini class, Ron Maydon prevailed after the Ian Curley/Bill Sollis car was given a drive through penalty for a jump start while the Liam Sullivan/Jonathan Lewis car retired on lap 22 with a broken engine. Maydon had been fighting Lewis for the class lead when the latter’s Mini began to develop its engine problems.results.

Soper’s delay handed Martin Strommen the lead in the Cortina class – and with the Norwegian having been handed a 5-second time penalty for crossing the white line on pitlane exit, tension rose as Mark Martin attempted to reel in Strommen, hoping to profit from his rival’s penalty. He came up one second short…

In the Mini class, Ron Maydon prevailed after the Ian Curley/Bill Sollis car was given a drive through penalty for a jump start while the Liam Sullivan/Jonathan Lewis car retired on lap 22 with a broken engine. Maydon had been fighting Lewis for the class lead when the latter’s Mini began to develop its engine problems.

Gans/Wolfe run away with Masters Gentlemen Drivers race

Michael Gans and Andy Wolfe made easy pickings of the Masters Gentlemen Drivers race at the Most Historic Grand Prix this weekend. The AC Cobra pair were never headed in the 90-minute race, taking victory by 26 seconds of CLP class winner Rob Fenn in his Lotus Elan 26R.

Fenn battled with Ron Maydon’s Ginetta G4R in the early stages, Maydon beating Fenn away from the lights. Once the Elan got past on lap 8, however, profiting from a mistake by Maydon, it stretched its legs to pull out what became a one-and-a-half minute gap at the end. Third in the CLP class and fourth overall, new pairing Mark Martin and Steve Soper were unable to catch Maydon despite Soper trying his best in Martin’s Elan.

Fifth overall to take second in the C3 class was Jamie Boot whose TVR Griffith had a good fight with Mark Martin early on. David Smithies and Chris Clarkson finished a distant third in the big-cars class, their Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé suffering from a troublesome oil light at the end.

Keith Ahlers and Billy Bellinger (Morgan SLR) took an unchallenged C2 class win when the rivaling Austin Healey 3000 of Nils-Fredrik Nyblaeus/Jeremy Welch developed a spark-plug issue. The Philip Danby/Tom Dunstan MGB won the C1 class.


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