29/05/2011 - Michael Lyons' Hesketh 308E secured victory in
today's Grand Prix Masters race at the Brands Hatch Masters
Historic Festival, fighting off a determined attack from
pole-sitter Rob Austin driving an Arrows A4.
No sooner had a thrilling contemporary Monaco Grand Prix finished
did the historic grid assemble at Brands Hatch, a race which was to
prove equally as exciting for the gathered crowd.
Austin lead the field into Paddock Hill Bend from the rolling
start, but Lyons was only 0.3 seconds behind at the end of the
opening lap. The Hesketh driver fought his way past Austin exiting
Stirlings on the second lap, and by the end of the third lap had a
lead of 0.7 seconds.
Austin though looked menacing, never out of the mirrors of Lyons
and set consecutive fastest laps on lap five and six to add to the
mounting pressure. Lyons made a mistake exiting Paddock Hill Bend
on lap seven, allowing Austin to close even further, and the pair
were separated by inches coming into Graham Hill Bend. By lap seven
the gap was down to under three-tenths with the Arrows driver
The pair were in a class of their own, trading fastest laps, and
despite continuing to follow each other were leaving the other
runners a long way behind. Last years' double winner Bill Coombs
was over 40 seconds behind with 10 minutes remaining, with Steve
Allen running in fourth pulling his Arrows out of the race on lap
Meanwhile Roger Wills who had qualified his Williams FW05 third
for the race elected to start his Lotus 92 which had qualified
12th, and made good progress through the field to run fifth on lap
16, but at the end of the lap his engine cried no more and the New
Zealander pulled out of the race in a cloud of smoke.
The pair drew side-by-side on lap 15, but lapped traffic stifled
Rob Austin's attack on lap 16, and fell two seconds behind Lyons,
but again he fought back, setting another fastest lap on the
penultimate lap to bring the gap back to 1.3 seconds. He continued
to charge, but had to settle for second, just over half a second
behind the victorious Lyons.
Bill Coombs nursed his ill-sounding Tyrrell 009 home in third,
well over a minute behind the winners, with Simmonds fourth driving
a Tyrrell 012 and Higson fifth in the March 761.
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Grand Prix Masters race one result
1. Michael Lyons, Hesketh 308E, 19 Laps
2. Rob Austin, Arrows A4, +0.538s
3. Bill Coombs, Tyrrell 009, +1:21.023s
4. Ian Simmonds, Tyrrell 012, +1 lap
5. Mark Higson, March 761, +1 lap
6. Roger Wills, Lotus 92/5, +3 laps