30/05/2011 - Michael Lyons added a second Grand Masters victory
after taking the flag just 3.9 seconds ahead of Rob Austin at the
MSVR organised Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch.
Austin, driving in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC)
this year kept Lyons honest for every one of the nineteen laps, but
was unable to claim that elusive victory.
Lyons made the best start, whilst Austin had to hold off the
attentions of Bill Coombs at Paddock Hill Bend. With that
successfully done, Coombs ran alone in third whilst the leaders
squabbled. However on lap nine the Candy Tyrrell slowed, just
making the finish line before pulling off to the side of the
Austin spent the early laps chasing Lyons but the latter pumped a
few fast laps to build himself a buffer. Austin pegged the gap but
despite having the ground-effects in his Arrows, was unable to
close the gap again, however he kept Lyons in sight for the
Such was the leading pair's dominance that they nearly lapped the
third-place battle, which was equally as intensive. Hero of the
weekend Roger Wills, racing his Wolf-Williams after jumping out of
a historic Mini, held off a charging Steve Allen, the Arrows A1
never more than a second behind. On the penultimate lap the Allen
slipstreamed Wills before slowing on the final tour to finish
nineteen seconds back in fourth.
Ron Maydon's Amon also failed to make the finish and behind the
top four, Mark Higson's Williams-March completed the race ahead of
Frank Lyons' McLaren M26 and Judy Lyons' Surtees TS9.
To download more information on the MSVR organised event
including the timetable and list of entries please CLICK HERE.
Grand Prix Masters classification
1. Michael Lyons, Hesketh 308E, 19 Laps
2. Rob Austin, Arrows A4, +3.948
3. Roger Wills, Williams FW05, +1:27.525
4. Steve Allen, Arrows A1, +1:47.262
5. Mark Higson, March 761, +1 Lap
6. Frank Lyons, McLaren M26, +1 Lap
7. Judy Lyons, Surtees TS9, +5 Laps