Hancock's glorious half hour!
The FIA Masters Historic Formula One cars returned to the Silverstone circuit for their second race of the Siverstone Classic weekend. With Nick Padmore having taken his fifth race win of the season in front of Loic Deman and Greg Thornton on Saturday, the cars re-set in their original Friday qualifying positions, Padmore still occupying pole position for the 25-minute race.
At the rolling start, Ollie Hancock took a deep breath and once again from fourth on the grid, surged around the outside line at Abbey to take the lead from Padmore, with Stretton, Wrigley, Thornton and Deman in his wake. Unlike race one though, he refused to buckle and led over the line to complete the first lap but Nick Padmore eventually made his way past at Village on lap 2.
Martin Stretton was third, but was coming under pressure from Mike Wrigley, who passed at Stowe before Stretton then ran wide at Club and dropped to 6th behind Thornton and Deman, then lost a further place to D’Ansembourg. Ahead, Padmore was pulling away, with Mike Wrigley, Greg Thornton and Loic Deman now lining up behind Hancock, who was acting as the cork in the bottle, holding his pursuers behind. However, unlike the previous race when he slipped down the field, Ollie benefitted from overnight changes to the car and was able to watch the order change in his mirrors as Greg Thornton relieved Mike Wrigley for third into Brooklands. Behind, Deman was monstering the Wrigley Williams and passed him on lap 5, moving up to menace Greg Thornton.
Now Padmore was pulling away at the front, with Hancock maintaining his composure to hold five charging competitors at bay
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