28/05/2011 - The Masters Historic Festival got underway today at
Brands Hatch, with a thrilling day of racing on the Indy
circuit. Grids of huge variety embraced the Kent venue, as
well as an historic karting demonstration during the lunch
Simon Hadfield and Will Schryver dominated the first race of the
weekend, their Lotus Elan securing the win by over a lap from
Jonathan Bloohn and Andy Nunn in their TVR Griffith. Karl Wetherell
claimed the final step on the podium.
Chris Jolly was an even more emphatic winner in the Oldies but
Goldies race, his Aston Martin crossing the line two laps ahead of
the Austin A95 of Nick Naismith which had qualified on pole.
Anthony Robinson's Austin A35 crossed the line in third.
The most entertaining action of the day came from the Formula Ford
Champion of Brands.
Alex Kapadia made a strong start from second on the grid to pass
pole man Josh Barnett, Barnett slipping to third behind Jonathan
Hoad before the pack entered Paddock Hill Bend. Barnett passed Hoad
with twelve minutes remaining, and then closed down the gap to
Kapadia before slipping past on the approach to Paddock Hill Bend
on lap 16, after several laps of classic slipstreaming action.
Barnett was largely untroubled for the rest of the race, with
Kapadia claiming second and Roger Wills finishing third in the Van
Diemen RF92 he had rented specifically for the Champion of Brands,
as part of his challenge to compete in all the events this
The Pre-66 Touring Car race saw the narrowest winning margin of
the day, Leo Voyazides claiming the win by just 0.892 seconds ahead
of ex-BTCC racer Patrick Watts after 45 minutes. Arne Berg and John
Haughland finished third in their Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1, a lap
down on the leaders.
Saturday's action concluded with the 45-minute 70s Celebration
encounter, with Mark Bates securing the win driving a Porsche 911
RSR with Mike Wrigley second and Ken Welch and Nick Swift third.
John Fitzpatrick, driving at Brands Hatch for the first time since
1983, was set for a podium finish, but fell to fifth after being
awarded a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and
then retired shortly after.
Roger Wills' plans to enter every event this weekend were
scuppered, as he was unable to make the grid for the Oldies but
Wills had secured a fifth place finish in the Cloth Cap with XK
Challenge race, sharing a Lotus Elite with Joe Twyman, but failed
to start the second event of the day after a technical issue struck
the pair's Gaz Volga M21. The third place in the Champion of Brands
event was some consolation, but he was forced to retire his BMW 3.5
CSL from the 70s Celebration race at the end of the day with an oil
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Photo courtesy of Gary Hawkins