29/05/2011 - Rob Austin has claimed pole position for the first
GP Masters race of the weekend after setting a scorching pace in
qualifying at the MSVR organised Masters Historic Festival at
Austin, who is also racing in the British Touring Car Championship
this year, set a time of 1:22.678s in his 1982 Arrows A4, a second
faster than second placed man Bill Coombs driving a 1979 vintage
Under blue skies, the conditions were perfect as Brands Hatch
reverberated to the sound of classic F1 machinery, ranging from
Austin lead the way for the majority of the session and at one
point was over three seconds clear of the field. Coombs, who won
twice at this meeting last year, chipped away at his times though
to eventually move to just over a second off pole, a commendable
achievement in a car three years older than Austin's.
"We got the car last year, did a bit of sorting out and it's
running well" said Austin.
"It will be a tough race. Bill goes well round here and he won't
want to give me an easy ride" Austin added.
Roger Wills qualified in third place in his Williams FW05, the New
Zealander setting a time of 1:26.205s. Wills also qualified a
glorious black and gold Lotus 92 from 1983 in 12th place, a car
which has had considerably less running than the Williams car from
1976. Should Wills choose to race the Williams, he will head the
Niki Lauda class for winged cars from 1975-1978.
Chris Perkins driving a Surtees TS14 set the fastest time in the
Fittipaldi class for 1972-74 cars and qualified 12th overall, while
Abba Kogan was the sole runner in the Stewart class for 1969-1971
Grand Prix Masters Qualifying one result:
1. Rob Austin, Arrows A4, 1:22.658s
2. Bill Coombs, Tyrrell 009, +1.020s
3. Roger Wills, Williams FW05, +3.547s
4. Michael Lyons, Hesketh 308E, +3.795s
5. Steve Allen, Arrows A1, +3.812s
6. Richard Barber, Fittipaldi F5A, +4.068s
7. Mark Higson, March 761, +5.915s
8. Philip Hall, Arrows A3-3, +6.398s
9. Frank Lyons, McLaren M26, +7.069s
10. Ian Simmonds, Tyrrell 012, +7.499s
The first Grand Prix Masters race of the weekend takes place at
15.45 today (Saturday).
To download more information on the MSVR organised event
including the timetable and list of entries please CLICK HERE.